Since 1961, USAID’s presence in Peru has contributed to significant development gains in poverty reduction and food security, basic infrastructure and national roads, the reestablishment of key democratic institutions after the fight against terrorism, and innovations for better health and education services to meet citizens needs in remote parts of the country.

As Peru’s capacity increased and successive governments charted a clear direction for the country’s economic and social development, USAID gradually shifted its model from directly implementing projects to help Peru meet citizens’ basic needs to a more balanced partnership, valued for supporting Peru in implementing its own vision.

This transition process began accelerating in 2017 and involved several major adjustments to the portfolio:

• Phasing out from entire sectors (Education and Health) and significantly adjusting programs and activities (in Governance and Environment sectors) reflecting Peru’s improvements in these sectors and responding to the United States Government foreign policy priorities.

• Redefining the Mission’s engagement with the Government of Peru to employ modalities consistent with the country's self-reliance progress and increased Peruvian public resources.

• Tapping opportunities to increase leverage of private sector resources for priority objectives, building on results from prior investments.