About UNICEF Peru
In 2012, the Peru-UNICEF Cooperation Cycle 2012-2016 was begun. The previous cooperation cycle, 2006-2011, ended with a year of hard work for the implementation of this upcoming cycle. The political environment created by the presidential elections, as well as the changes in local and regional governments, required us to raise awareness of our cooperation among the new authorities and establish new bonds with them. The UNICEF offices in Peru focuses on contributing to the compliance with the rights of excluded children and their families, promoting the universalization of rights and the eradication of inequalities.
During 2011, UNICEF Peru continued to build capacities, promote policies, collect evidence and establish good practices, analyze and disseminate information on the situation of Peruvian children, communication for development, and strategic alliances to mobilize resources and influence agendas in favor of equality. For such purposes, it maintains a decentralized presence in the Andean and Amazonian regions, where inequalities are most prevalent. Another of its strategies involves an intercultural focus with indigenous groups, since children’s indicators improve when they have access to culturally relevant services.
UNICEF and its strategic partners, including the Committee for Concerted Action in the Fight against Poverty (MCLCP), the Childhood Promotion Group, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Plan International, CARE, and the United Nations agencies, among others, worked to ensure that children’s issues were included in the agendas of regional governments and the Central Government. During and immediately after the electoral campaign, UNICEF provided information to candidates and helped the transition teams in aspects related to children and adolescence on which it has been working in recent years.
Every year, UNICEF conducts studies and evaluations of the situation of the most excluded children. In 2011, it evaluated the communication strategy of the Juntos conditioned transfer programme, as well as the evaluation of the Intercultural Bilingual Education (IBE) programmes.
UNICEF is especially satisfied with its contribution to the prioritization of IBE, both regionally and nationwide. Its strong advocacy, based on evidence, effective technical support, and its alliance with CIDA, produced favorable results.
Constant proactive work is being done to contribute to strengthening health services, as well as increased awareness of care practices that will help reduce new-born deaths. The pilot phase for supplementation with multi-micronutrients was completed, which will help continue with the progress made so far in the reduction of chronic malnutrition and anaemia.
Cooperation Programme 2012-2016
In 2011, UNICEF prepared for the beginning of the new cooperation cycle 2012– 2016. It designed strategies for gender equality and communication for development. Bonds were formed with the private sector to promote greater corporate social responsibility in matters of early childhood, as well as to mobilize financial resources for Peruvian children. Through the approaches of rights, gender, and environmental sustainability, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2012-2016 has been developed.
The budget for the Cooperation Programme 2012-2016 has been set at US$47,150,000. However, only 37% has been financed. In order to meet the objectives set forth, the participation and aid of national and international allies is critical in order to obtain the necessary resources. The national objective of social inclusion will be made possible if we invest in the human development of Peru’s children.
Our Cooperation Programme 2012-2016 aims to help position children’s and adolescents’ rights in the centre of national and local public policies, as well as in programmes and budgets, assuming this as an essential step in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
During this period, a special focus shall be maintained on the rights of Amazonian and Andean indigenous children and the child population residing in urban zones in conditions of poverty and extreme poverty. UNICEF will continue contributing to the strengthening of national and local capacities for planning, budgeting, executing, supervising, and evaluating social policies aimed at children and adolescents.
Special emphasis shall be placed on the planning of actions for the care of children and adolescents in emergency situations. The approaches of interculturality, gender perspective and equality, family participation, and community surveillance will be maintained, along with the participation of children and adolescents through different spaces and actions, such as sports.
UNICEF will also continue to promote corporate social responsibility through alliances and partnerships, fostering emergency response capacities.
The Cooperation Programme recognizes the importance of the National Agreement, of Plan Perú 2021, as well as the International Cooperation Plan and the National Action Plan for Children and Adolescents 2011-2021.
The Cooperation Programme 2012 – 2016 has four components: