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13 December 2011
President Ollanta Humala announced a major cabinet reshuffle on December 11, following the departure of Salomon Lerner Ghitis as president of the Council of Ministers. Lerner has been replaced by Oscar Valdés Dancuart, a retired colonel, previously interior minister. The reshuffle, which saw several left-of-centre figures dropped from the cabinet, has been widely seen as ushering in a period of more authoritarian government.
No. 148. October - November 2011
Last month the Peru Support Group invited Gana Perú deputy Javier Diez Canseco to the UK. In this interview for our bimonthly publication, the Peru Update, the Congressman describes changes in Peruvian politics since July and outlines plans for tackling corruption, social conflict and exclusion in the country.
IHS Global Insight
In this article Diego Moya-Ocampos, Peru analyst at IHS Global Insight, reflects on changes and continuity in Peruvian economic policy since the inauguration of President Ollanta Humala. He also identifies a number of challenges for the Humala administration going forward, including the renegotiation of the Camisea gas contracts and the country's ongoing social conflicts.
No. 147. August - September 2011
A good deal of uncertainty surrounded the election of Ollanta Humala, as well as his swearing in as president on July 28. The first two months of the new government have given the sensation that it knows where it is going and how to get there. Even some of Humala's critics have been forced to acknowledge that there is movement, and that campaign promises are being followed through.
08 August 2011
The PSG is proud to release our annual report covering the period April 2010 to March 2011. Given the elevated levels of social conflict in the country throughout the year, our activities principally highlighted the need for a more sustainable development model in which disputes would be addressed more equitably and effectively.
No. 146. 31 July 2011
President Ollanta Humala has made no secret of his admiration for the model employed by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil: a combination of free market orthodoxy in economic policy with some bold initiatives in the area of social policy. How difficult will it prove to replicate the Brazilian experience in Peru? For our assessment see this month's editorial from our bi-monthly publication, the Peru Update.
30 June 2011
The number of social conflicts in Peru has increased by almost 250 percent over the past five years. The majority of new conflicts in the country are associated with natural resource management and with resource exploitation and infrastructure projects. Tensions are particularly likely when such projects are undertaken without adequate and prior consultation of the indigenous communities which could be affected. The following report by Oxfam and the Due Process of Law Foundation discusses the extent to which Andean countries have fulfilled their obligations to prior consultation with indigenous peoples.
01 June 2011
With the second round of presidential elections on June 5, there is little doubt in our mind (as Peru Support Group) which of the two candidate’s policies would be preferable. While some question marks remain over both Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala, by no means is it – as Mario Vargas Llosa described – a contest of equally disagreeable alternatives, a choice between “cancer and AIDS”. Our assessment would instead come closer to that of the following pithy observer who noted: “over Humala we have doubts, but with Keiko we have proof”.
26 May 2011
The PSG recently teamed up with Amantani UK, a charity with educational projects in Peru, to enter volunteers into a fundraising marathon / half-marathon this summer. In this article Fred Branson, the founder of Amantani UK, explores the concept of ‘ayni’ and its connotations for development work in Peru and beyond.
15 April 2011
Those engaged in social protest in Peru have repeatedly found themselves targeted by the authorities. Activists and community leaders often face spurious or trumped up charges intended to intimidate and/or to divert their time and resources away from protest activities. Officials are particularly predisposed to such methods when demonstrations are perceived to threaten large investment projects in the country. The following report by CIDSE looks at this issue, outlining the link between the extractive industries and the criminalisation of social protest in Peru and the rest of Latin America.