GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acci ó n contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “ EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.
The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.
17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Tunisia).
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.
Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
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In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Peru. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en Operational details & security context
Perú is a country in western South America, with a multiethnic population of over 31 million, which includes Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages.
Even though it has been categorized as Upper-middle income Country (in accordance with World Bank standards) since 2008, the Country still suffers of structural inequalities which are not reduced to income problem or monetary poverty. In the last decade (2005-2010), the Peruvian economy was one of the most prosperous in the region, with a sustained growth rate of 3.3% in 2015 and 3.9% in 2016, and a reduction of the poverty level, which fell from 45.5% to 19.3% ("extreme" poverty has decreased from 27.6% to 9%). The initial forecasts of a growth rate of 4% for 2017 were revised slightly downwards (reaching below 3%) due to the impact of "El Niño", which, for some months, has greatly reduced production activities, especially in the north of the country. Finally, Perú is a country opened to international trade and foreign investment, with Free Trade Agreements in the geographical area and outside it with the main partners (with European Union has a FTA since 2013).
The whole country is subject to seismic activity, less intense in the Southern Region of the Andes where the GVC operates. It does not constitute a greater risk for the GVC staff and activities, since the main risks are linked to travel, given to the roads conditions in the Andes area, where the projects are implemented. During the rainy season, landslides are frequent along the roads connecting the main cities. The health and hygiene conditions of the country generally require taking precautions to avoid diseases such as hepatitis A, dysentery, typhoid. Outbreaks of cholera occur sometimes in summertime (January-March) especially in the outlying areas of the cities where the hygienic conditions are very precarious.
The situation of public order is characterized by frequent protests, which sometimes reach fair levels of violence. The incidence of delinquency remains high, especially in Lima, the capital. In the urban areas and in general where the GVC works, there have not been registered dangerous events (such as abductions or physical attacks).
Peru is a relatively safe country, characterized in general by adequate services. The situation of basic infrastructure and services is normally good in the main cities. In the country it is possible to access medium-level medical assistance in public facilities and excellent-level medical assistance for serious illnesses and problems in Lima.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Peruù, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming atto building local community resilience to disasters.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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