Although Peru’s economy has grown into one of the most dynamic in the world over the last decade, the quality of the country’s public services has not improved commensurately. Remote Amazonian government entities have registered only slight improvements, if any, in key social indicators. These regions, which are rich in biodiversity, share the presence of large indigenous populations whose rates of social well-being are among the lowest in the hemisphere. Frayed public services contribute to simmering social conflicts centered on the extractive industries (logging, gas, and mining), made worse by periodic natural disasters and the effects of climate change.  

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Decentralization and Local Governance Project (Pro Decentralization) advises local governments in each of five Amazonian regions—Madre de Dios, San Martin, Amazonas, Loreto, and Ucayali—on strategies to improve the quality of public services in health, education, and environment and to improve decentralized management for effective service delivery benefitting marginalized populations in these strategic regions.

Through Pro Decentralization, Tetra Tech is contributing to the achievement of three strategic objectives:

  • Improve key policies and reforms that directly affect decentralization and sub-national governance
  • Strengthen sub-national institutions for effective public service delivery and improved management of social conflict and disaster risk reduction
  • Enhance government accountability through improved formal transparency mechanisms and expanded participatory processes

To improve key policies and reforms, the project works with the Government of Peru to refine policy, promote public-private dialogue, and better disseminate national policy reforms.

To strengthen the ability of subnational governments to provide services, prevent conflict, and manage natural disasters, the project trains public administrators, modernizes administrative systems and policies, integrates the service sectors (health, education, and environment) within the administrative structure of municipal and regional governments, and provides tools to effectively manage and respond to conflict and natural disasters.

To improve transparency and accountability, the project contributes to the effective use of control systems, increases citizen participation in participatory processes, and improves the effectiveness of citizen oversight committees.

The project documents best practices through a knowledge management platform, which systematizes validated approaches and management models for improving public services that may be adopted and replicated by municipal and regional governments throughout Peru.