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In 2015 mining accounted for 54 per cent of Peru’s exports making the resource sector a major contributor to the country’s national economic growth. Despite this, the contribution of mining to socio-economic development and livelihoods, particularly in the mineral-rich yet poor Andean highland regions, remains unrealized. These regions continue to be beset by poverty and high levels of mining-related conflict. Some of the underlying causes are historic exclusion of various groups (Indigenous peoples, women, youth); limited capacity and presence of government as an actor at subnational levels; lack of public participation in environmental assessment processes and planning of resource extraction; uncoordinated projects and narrow CSR approaches among corporate actors. These factors underscore the systemic challenge for effective resource governance in Peru.
The Co-Lab Peru project has three themes:
Advancing more collaborative, inter-agency and participatory approaches to equitable governance, planning and practices, with a particular focus on impact benefit agreements, industry CSR practices, public participation in environmental impact assessments, and inclusion of women in decision-making.
Fostering and testing innovative solutions for inclusive economic activities and sustainable livelihoods, with a focus on women, youth and indigenous peoples. Co-Lab Peru supports opportunities directly related to natural resources as well as economic diversification, to create more sustainable legacies from mining including inclusive business ecosystems and local enterprise development.
Working with local Peruvian universities for more engaged development work, research and partnerships. Co-Lab Peru fosters inclusiveness through innovative experiential- and community-based learning, and collaborative research that connects the universities and students with the challenges faced by the communities they serve.
To-date, over 250 stakeholders (60 government officials) have engaged in Co-Lab programming with an approximate 50/50 gender split (women/men) for all Peru Co-Lab activities. Cross-sector planning groups and design-sessions have resulted in: