Articles

  • Chinese mining standards come under scrutiny

    18 February 2017

    A seminar organised by the Congress (in conjunction with Cooperacción, Oxfam and IISCAL) on 17 February provided a timely opportunity to discuss the environmental and social standards applicable to Chinese investments in Peru.

  • Government legislative decrees may threaten indigenous land rights

    18 February 2017

    Analysis of the 112 legislative decrees passed by the executive in the 90 days leading up to 6 January have been undertakenby indigenous and human rights organisations which have assessed the implications of some of these decrees for the most vulnerable populations.

  • The Quipu Project

    18 February 2017

    This week we are including links to the Quipu Project, this ‘living documentary’ created by a group for people in Peru and in the United Kingdom. The project aims to provide a resource for those who were forcefully sterilised in Peru during the 1990s.

  • Toledo arrest warrant issued

    11 February 2017

    On 9 February, the Peruvian courts issued an international warrant for the arrest of former president Alejandro Toledo (2001-06). Toledo was named as having received US$20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction company. Toledo has maintained his innocence of the charges against him.

  • The ABC of exercising influence

    11 February 2017

    Writing in the business newspaper Gestión, Manuel Romero Caro outlines the various strategies used by Odebrecht (and probably other companies of the same ilk) in influencing government decisions in its favour.

  • Toledo accused of receiving US$20 million in bribes

    5 February 2017

    According to testimony from senior Odebrecht executives gained through plea bargaining, the Brazilian construction company paid former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo US$20 million in bribes to secure contracts to build the Inter-Oceanic highway linking Peru and Brazil. The money was paid through a series of offshore accounts between 2005 and 2008.

  • Cuzco airport row: addendums, Public Private Partnerships and construction delays

    5 February 2017

    After a week of uncertainties over the future construction of Chincheros airport in Cuzco, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski laid the first stone on 3 February. Earlier in the week, following a fierce row over the funding arrangements, the future of Chincheros was placed in doubt.

  • Lima awash with flood waters, corruption allegations

    28 January 2017

    Last week was a difficult one, both for many Peruvians and for their government. Flooding affected large swaths of the coast, not least in Ica and Lima. At the same time, the backwash from the Brazilian Car Wash (Lava Jato) scandal continued to concentrate media attention.

  • New strategy to manage illegal mining

    28 January 2017

    The government is implementing what is being described as a ‘carrot and stick’ policy with respect to illicit mining operations.

  • Kuczynski faces challenging times

    22 January 2017

    President Kuczynski’s honeymoon seems to have been fleeting; having passed the first 100 days in office, he is facing falling popularity ratings and the perception that his is government is fundamentally weak. His popularity has fallen eight points from 53% in December to 45% in January, and his disapproval rating is now slightly higher than that of approval.

  • 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.

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