EITI Global meeting in Lima, February 2016

8 March 2016

The Peru Support Group was present at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, held in Lima on 24 and 25 February. Prof. Anthony Bebbington, for the PSG, chaired a side event on the shrinking space for civil society. The issue of civil society and its participation in the EITI proved to be a fractious issue, with some civil society groups walking out of the conference in protest. Here we summarise the work of the conference in terms of the EITI itself (and its importance for Peru), alongside the results of two side events: one held by Oxfam on the need for free, informed and prior consent (FPIC) for all extractive projects, and the other (written by Anthony Bebbington) on the role of civil society as an indispensable element within the EITI.

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    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

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    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. 

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