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MIDIS – San Isidro, Lima
Paseo de la República 3101 , San Isidro, Lima
Peru has experienced astonishing economic growth over the last decade, and it is more important than ever to focus on the other Peru – the approximately 5 million people at the base of the economic pyramid, isolated from development by geographic, educational, linguistic and nutritional conditions, as well as inadequate housing and infrastructure. In 2011, President Ollanta Humala created the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) to help ensure that all Peruvians benefit from Peru’s economic growth. Through MIDIS, Peru has enacted a number of highly successful social inclusion programs and made headway in key areas of poverty reduction.
At the same time, the private sector is increasingly aware of the imperative of demonstrating robust corporate citizenship strategies for base of the pyramid markets and core markets alike. Through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, businesses are leveraging their unique competencies to address development challenges, such as providing banking services to the poor. For many multinationals, a comprehensive CSR strategy is a cornerstone of their operations around the world and they have developed innovative models for developing nations. In many ways, these public sector and private sectors efforts intersect and complement each other.
With the support of our corporate sponsors and the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, the Institute of the Americas has organized a roundtable on the social inclusion agenda in Peru, focusing on the intersection between private sector and public sector initiatives. At the heart of the discussion will be the focal points of the administration’s social policy, infrastructure development and the reduction of childhood malnutrition. The conference will address, among other topics, how the private sector can be a catalyst for change in Peru and how government and private sector efforts can be mutually reinforcing.
The objective of the roundtable is gather thought leaders to highlight public and private sector initiatives to promote social inclusion, analyze best practices in social inclusion and CSR strategies in developing nations and discuss how these programs can be employed in other countries.