In the latest years the Peruvian economic has shown continuous growth. This growth is mainly due to the increase in mineral exports and their high prices worldwide, as well as non-traditional exports of agricultural products (asparagus, artichokes, paprika, fruit, coffee, and cacao) and textiles, nevertheless 40% of population live in poverty and 13% in extreme poverty and also 70% population in extreme poverty live in Andean areas.
The beginning of diaconal work and development in the Lutheran Church, with the support of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), dates back to the Huaraz earthquake in 1970, to the commitment and solidarity of the Church’s members with the victims. As the diaconal activities grew, the Church decided to separate them and it set up an independent institution.
In 1983 DIACONIA was recognized as a Peruvian Non- Governmental Organization and in 2002 was considered as an associate program.
The strategic Project approaches included five development aid strategies, concordant with the postulates of the Lutheran World Federation: Empowerment and Integration, based on Rights, Advocacy, and Food Security.
DIACONIA works in the three current Andean zones: the province of Santa Cruz (Cajamarca), the province of Huamalíes (Huánuco) and the watershed of the River Casma and the provinces of Casma, Huaraz and Yungay (Ancash), with projections to open up new zones in areas where poverty and situations of exclusion are concentrated.
DIACONIA is focused on:
- Strengthening the institutions of civil society and the state, focus on civil and political rights of citizen participation and the right to good governance. DIACONIA provided support for the local governments to promote capacity building of public servant of different sector in a context of decentralization of government, also promotes responsible citizen monitoring.
- Sustainable Management of the environment, focus on the right to the sustainable use of natural resources and a healthy and quality environment. Involves taking action to mitigate climate change impacts: sustainable management of water resources, biodiversity and vegetation cover.
- Education in health and nutrition, focus on the right to health, food and quality education. DIACONIA works in orden to reduce and prevent chronic child malnutrition, increasing social skills through food education activities and preventive health promotion.
- Local economic development, focus on economic rights. Diaconia develops projects for the strengthening of production chains, agribusiness, handicrafts, tourism, trade fair and environmental services. The integration market is the fundamental basis of this objective, showing a link between country and city.
- Attention of emergencies within the ACT-network, strengthening the local ACT-mechanism and promoting preventive measures and risk management. Considered the prevention and management of natural disasters and reconstruction processes. For these reasons, it is essential to consider risk management as part of sustainable development.
- Micro finances, DIACONIA started with The Key Micro finances program in 2007. The program aims to improve the incomes of households without access to formal banking system through the formation of community banks, encouraging savings and credit culture.