Diakonia - People change the world


Diakonia's work in Peru is concentrated to five regions in the southern Andes, some of the poorest regions in the country, and also the most affected by violence during the armed conflict.

Four thematic platforms

The work with partners in Peru is implemented from four thematic platforms:

Democracy and participation

Human rights

Gender equality

Natural resources and climate change

In each platform we seek to connect the local problem with advocacy on both a national and international level.

Progress in women's rights

In 2012, the greatest progress made by Diakonia's partner organizations was related to women's rights and participation. An example of this is a project regarding women's participation, where two of our partner organizations worked locally in Cusco and Huancavelica pushing forward the gender agenda and curbing violence against women. This is of great importance, as Peru is the Latin American country with the highest rate of violence against women.

Unequal distribution of wealth

Peru is a country with many riches, considerable and sustained economic growth, and it is actually classified as a middle income country.  However, the distribution of wealth is extremely unequal, and social and economic gaps have increased during the last few years.  Many of the traditional patriarchal structures still exist with regard to roles and values, in spite of progress made in legislation to promote gender equality and the participation of women.  The internal armed conflict, between 1980-2000, cost almost 69 000 people their lives; in addition, ten years under the authoritarian regime of president Fujimori weakened democratic institutions and citizen confidence in the Rule of Law. 

Challenging structural inequalities

In Peru, the challenges faced by Diakonia and its partners have to do with structural inequalities, for example the legal processes, truth and reconciliation for victims of the armed conflict and the new opportunities for democracy and participation that the decentralization process, which began in 2002, offers. Diakonia and its partners have reached progress in the areas of democracy and human rights, for example: several hundred families of victims of the armed conflict have obtained justice as dozens of military officials and other perpetrators have been brought before justice and various have been sentenced for crimes against the human rights.

Read more about our work in Peru

  • We have to adapt

    "It's warmer now and the sun is burning stronger. Rainy periods are unreliable, it's becoming more difficult to grow things and there's hardly any water. But we're adapting as best we can by using new methods,"...
  • Water is the most beautiful

    Wilber Misaragune Conissla has lived in Churia, Peru all his life. Wilber is a witness. A witness to the fact that environmental changes are real and are happening now.
  • Water shortage in Peru – Swedish companies' responsability

    The significant export of asparagus from the Ica region in southern Peru has led to a severe water shortage, making villagers sick and preventing small farmers from providing for their families. Diakonia’s...
  • An oasis against prejudice

    “We can live with differences. What’s important is to appreciate the differences between people instead of seeing them as something negative,” says one of the participants on the LIFS feminism course. This...
  • The crime that nobody wants to acknowledge

    “Burn her with a match, then she’ll definitely react – she just wants attention,” said the doctor when Jacinto Salazar’s wife sought medical attention. Two days later, Maria Mamérita Mestanza was dead. She was...

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