The regional government of La Libertad in north-western Peru is raising living standards for disadvantaged districts by investing in infrastructure and equipment.
A surveyor working on a rural road near the Huaca del Sol archaeological site in La Libertad, Peru. Photo: UNOPS/Aida Ariño-Fernández
In 2010, UNOPS supported the construction or repair of 52 kilometres of rural roads, 4 schools, 5 rural health centres, 1 training centre for public officials and 6 new water networks. This has helped improve rural healthcare, security, education and communication for more than 400,000 people.
UNOPS selected and contracted personnel, supervised the works and procured medical and educational equipment on the government’s behalf.
The programme aims to decrease infectious diseases in the districts concerned, improve the links between production centres and markets and reduce the costs and time needed for transporting goods and passengers.
More than 1,500 pieces of equipment were procured, and a power transformer was bought to bring electricity to a village in Calamarca. The works also brought drinking water and sewerage to isolated communities that had previously depended on water tanks and septic systems.
UNOPS is implementing the programme on behalf of the regional government and United Nations Development Programme.
Achieving UNOPS contribution goals
During 2010-2013, four high-level goals are defining the work of UNOPS. They are called ‘contribution goals’, since UNOPS contributes to the work and results of its partners. This project is working towards the third contribution goal: the ability of people to develop local economies and obtain social services.