USAID’s Goal in Peru for the strategy period 2020 - 2025 is that Peru more effectively leads and finances shared strategic priorities through increased capacity to combat illicit activities, corruption and over-exploitation of natural resources. Remarkable economic and social progress in the last two decades has elevated Peru’s position as a trusted U.S. ally in the region. To ensure sustained growth and social advancement, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru must continue to address limitations in government effectiveness, corruption control, and containing illegality -- and USAID will remain a steadfast partner.
In line with Peru’s development goals and U.S. foreign policy, USAID will help Peru reinforce its capacity to address joint interests and priorities of our two nations. These challenges include: the threat posed by illicit drug trafficking, making Peru the world’s second-largest cocaine producer; the extent of corruption, documented by Peru’s low position in integrity and international corruption indexes; and the devastating impact of environmental crimes on conservation and management of Peru’s vast natural resources, especially in the Amazon where deforestation continues to increase year after year.
Given Peru’s comparative progress and sizable domestic resources, USAID’s role has shifted from directly financing support for targeted services and populations to providing specialized technical assistance for the Government of Peru and other Peruvian actors to better allocate and utilize their own resources. To advance the CDCS goal, the Mission will pursue a vision for a Strategic Partnership that emphasizes new roles for USAID/Peru to engage, connect and support Peruvian leaders in government, private sector and civil society to mobilize resources, transform systems and institutionalize reforms that address mutual challenges.
USAID will collaborate with Peruvian partners to pursue three objectives:
- Peru expands economic and social development to sustain coca reductions;
- Peru increases public integrity to reduce corruption; and
- Peru strengthens sustainable environment and natural resource management to expand economic and social benefits.
Independent of this CDCS framework, USAID/Peru has responded with new resources to reduce and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Peru. Additionally, USAID’s bilateral program in Peru is complemented by two South America Regional programs: the Amazon Regional Environment Program and Support for Venezuelan Migrants.
This CDCS was developed and finalized in 2020 as COVID-19 became a global pandemic. USAID/Peru will continue to monitor its potential impact and if needed, the Mission will re-evaluate the strategic approach.