Tetra Tech is addressing policies to decentralize subnational governance and strengthen subnational institutions to improve public service delivery and government accountability in Peru.

Despite having one of the fastest growing economies in the world in terms of gross domestic product growth rate according to the World Bank, Peru has not improved its public services at the same rate. Remote Amazonian regions, in particular, have seen little to no improvement in key social indicators, despite the strong economic growth. Tetra Tech is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) ProDecentralization (PRODES) project to help improve public service delivery and government accountability in Peru.

PRODES III, the third iteration of this project, includes five isolated Amazonian regions: San Martin, Ucayali, Amazonas, Loreto, and Madre de Dios. These regions have large indigenous populations whose rates of social well-being are among the lowest in the hemisphere. Tetra Tech is working directly with sub national governments to improve the delivery of essential public services through technical assistance and training, which in turn increases accountability, transparency, and civic engagement.

PRODES III promotes and facilitates public policy dialogues in community forums by bringing policy makers together to interact with citizens and to hear their constituents’ concerns directly. In targeted regions, these public forums have led authorities, electoral candidates, and citizens to commit to improving public services in education, health, and waste management.

Through this project, Tetra Tech helped institutionalize principles of transparency, accountability, participation, and collaboration in decentralized governance. Our team provided training and helped governments comply with required standards for access to information by transferring tools and methods to government institutions, like the Civil Service and the Public School Administration.

PRODES III uses Tetra Tech’s proprietary Capacity Diagnostic Tool, which has been institutionalized as a management tool at the central government level and by 23 of the 25 PRODES target regional and municipal governments. The Tetra Tech-created tool enables regional and local governments to measure their capacity for planning, implementing, and managing public services. The tool also promotes citizen participation, oversight, and control by helping identify regional priorities for service delivery.

In the Department of San Martin, PRODES III has reduced the wait time for the distribution of school materials from 81 days in 2013 to 24 days in 2016 through enhanced procurement processes, improved planning, and outsourced delivery services.

In addition, in remote areas with little to no internet access, the project team provides technical assistance to implement murals that focus on government transparency. The billboards, which are posted in prominent public places, publish public information in a user-friendly manner to provide clear explanations on how to access municipal services for citizens who may not otherwise be able receive this critical information. For example, one mural focused on maternal care, providing a clear overview of how pregnant women can access prenatal care services.

From maternal care to reducing wait times for school books, PRODES III is helping residents in some of Peru’s most remote regions access improved government services and increase civic engagement.

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The National Assembly of Regional Governments (ANGR) recognized PRODES III in June 2017 for its contribution to strengthening the decentralization process and continuous support for regional governments in Peru.