• 07 February 2016

    Dodgy funding sources?

    Political parties are desperate to access funding, especially sources of funding that effectively bypass the oversight of the electoral authorities. The ONPE, the entity in charge of administering electoral processes, has admitted that it is unable to establish the origin of cash flows to political parties from outside Peru.

  • 07 February 2016

    PSG 'presente' in EITI forum

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) will hold its Global Conference in Lima. A side event will be held on 23 February (1.30pm to 3.30pm) in the main conference venue, the Lima Convention Center, in which the PSG, together with Oxfam, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and Propuesta Ciudadana, will raise concerns about the way in which the EITI’s Civil Society Protocol is being implemented in practice.

  • 07 February 2016

    Acuna under the spotlight, again

    Recently  we examined the charges made against César Acuña of plagiarising his academic work. This week’s accusation against him is that he reprinted a book published in 1999 by Otoniel Alvarez, claiming that he was the sole author. Alvarez has denounced Acuña for plagiarism.

  • 01 February 2016

    Palm oil dispute intensifies

    According to local sources in Peru, the conflict in Ucayali surrounding the destruction of the Amazon rain forest to make way for palm oil plantations (designed to produce ethanol) has become more intense over the last week.


  • . 7 February 2016

    Guzmán: the insider outsider

    In an opinion poll conducted by GfK for the La República newspaper and revealed on the evening of 31 January, Juli Guzmán saw a dramatic increase in his popularity. In a single month, he jumped from 2% in voters’ ranking of preference to 10.4%.

  • . 7 February 2016

    Can Fujimorismo change its spots?

    The political analyst Carlos Meléndez strikes a sceptical note about the much-vaunted shift in the nature of Fujimorismo following on from Keiko Fujimori’s well publicised address at Harvard University last autumn.

  • . 1 February 2016

    Presidential campaigning and extractives

    The issue of extractives has entered the presidential campaign debate with force. As an exporter of primary materials products vulnerable to large variations in prices, the role these play in the economy is never far from public attention, particularly with respect to social conflicts they often generate.

  • . 1 February 2016

    Conflict on all sides: HudBay, the Constancia mine and promised dialogue.

    The Canadian-owned Constancia mine in Chumbivilcano, near Cusco, is once again in the news. A 72-hour strike was called this week by the Frente Unico de Defensa de los Intereses de Velille, in protest at what they see as the company's failure, over two years, to hold serious talks over its environmental and social responsibilities.

Featured Notices

  • 25 October 2015

    Report on Annual Conference 17 October 2015

    The meeting included talk by guest speaker Martin Scurrah on oil and gas in the Amazon and four workshops (EU and advocacy through the PEP; Elites and Policy in Peru; Peru elections April2016; Gender and Ethnicity).

    Documentation on these activites are included in the download.

  • 14 October 2015

    Annual Report: 2014/2015

    The PSG's annual report for 2014/2015 is now available. Thanks to all our members for their continued support throughout the year. See what your subscriptions have helped to fund by clicking on the link below.

  • 08 May 2013

    Shop online and raise money for the PSG

    Register here to earn money for the PSG every time you make a purchase at Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith and thousands of other retailers. Up to 15 percent of the item price will be donated to us and all at no extra cost to you!


  • 14 June 2013

    Membership discount

    A 10% discount is now available on annual membership fees for all supporters who pay by standing order. For further details of the benefits of membership and information on how to join please click on the link below.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

  • Why join the PSG?

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