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 an Upper-middle income Country (in accordance with World Bank standards), since 2008 the country has been suffering from structural inequalities, which are not limited to income gap and poverty. In the last decade, 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% by 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 that welcomes international trade and foreign investment, maintaining Free Trade Agreements in the geographical area and outside of it with the main partners (Perù has had a FTA with the European Union since 2013).
The whole country is subject to seismic activity, less intense in the Southern Region of the Andes where WEWORLD-GVC operates. It does not constitute a greater risk for WEWORLD-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, and 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 WEWORLD-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 WEWORLD-GVC Peru, 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 at 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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