Perú, as you may well know, is one of the candidates for a Shared Societies Project country implementation.
This week we have been following the fantastic news to come out of Perú; its government is committed to the promotion of inclusive development and economic growth. Published on the website of the Peruvian News Agency Andina, we are very optimistic about the hopeful for the future of these government pronouncements. Such new measures display and evidence Perú’s firm commitment to tackling poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as Mauricio Chabaneix Belling – Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – said last Thursday.
“There won’t be social inclusion without economic growth and there won’t be fair economic growth without social inclusion”, he said. Today, about a third of Peruvian people live in poverty – that equates to a staggering 10 million people!
He stressed that the government has both a responsibility to establish macroeconomic conditions, legal stability and the promotion of investment and export, and equally an obligation to adopt social policies in order to achieve an equitable distribution of the benefits that come from growth.
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The Shared Societies Project has been operating on a global stage since 2005 and to date we have developed a host of initiatives that foster more commitments and political approaches towards achieving greater social cohesion in our societies.
Our challenge remains to keep striving to implement and put into practice such projects on a national, regional and local government level. We are presently operating in South Africa and Kyrgyzstan and in both countries social cohesion is a top priority for their respective governments. We are seeking to secure further commitments to achieve safe and prosperous societies for all.
Our programme officer, Carla Fernández-Durán, and Dr Werner Puschra, Executive Director of the New York Office of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, have recently been in Perú on a survey mission, exploring the possibility of taking the Shared Societies Project to South America.
Perú has a notably diverse society and we envisage that a new chapter to the SSP in this nation would represent a great opportunity to improve ties amongst and connect all sections of Peruvian society. During this mission our colleagues identified and consulted key partners for the SSP project, meeting both government officials and relevant civil society stakeholders.
The SSP team is optimistic of shortly securing funding for this initiative, and Alejandro Toledo, former President of Perú and a Club de Madrid member, has also lent his support and thrown his weight behind this project which we hope to kick start imminently! Please keep us posted with your thoughts on all Shared Societies Project and we look forward to updating you with our progress in our new South American chapter!
Our Programme Officer, Carla Fernández-Durán, is now on a survey mission in Peru working together with Werner Puschra, who is the Executive Director of the New York office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and expert advisor for the Shared Societies Project.
Here you can see both of them speaking at the Centro Nacional de Planeamiento Estratégico (CEPLAN) - Puschra is seated first from the left and Carla is the only woman in the photo.
Club de Madrid is evaluating the possibility of carrying out a Shared Societies Project in Perú. We are now working in South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, so this could be a perfect chance for improving our work and adding a Latin American country to SSP!