back button

Strengthening regulatory foundations for diaspora institutional performance and coordination in Peru

More than 3 million Peruvians are living abroad – mainly in the Americas, Spain and Italy – comparable to almost a tenth of Peru’s entire population. The diaspora mainly engage with their heritage country by sending remittances to their families and acting as ambassadors of Peru’s rich culture. However, diaspora engagement is gradually gaining more importance in the country.

Diaspora issues are under the responsibility of the Directorate General for Peruvian Communities Abroad and Consular Affairs (DGPCA) under which the Directorate for Protection and Assistance to Nationals (ASN) is located. In 2015, the Migration Policy Department (PIM) was created as one of three sub-directorates under the ASN. However, concrete and clearly-differentiated functions of each office are yet to be developed. PIM’s tasks depend on daily needs rather than on an official institutional distribution. The Peruvian MFA has therefore identified a need to clarify the work and functions of its agencies working with the diaspora, specifically the PIM, in order to address diaspora needs in a more coherent and efficient manner. EUDiF’s assistance was requested in strengthening the PIM institutional framework, to delimit its mandate as part of the ASN and define its practical functions vis-à-vis the sub-directorates for Assistance to Nationals (SSN) and Protection to National Collectivities (PCN).

Strengthen the regulatory foundations for improved institutional performance and coordination in the field of diaspora engagement in Peru.
10 months
Key documents

Programme of activities

EUDiF is assisting the Peruvian MFA in strengthening their regulatory framework for improved institutional performance and coordination in the field of diaspora engagement in two phases: stocktaking followed by blueprint drafting.

Stocktaking: Knowledge on institutional development for diaspora engagement
Oct 22: Needs assessment of DGPCA

Through desk research and interviews with authorities, expert Dr Mariela Noles conducted a needs assessment of the current organisational capacity of diaspora affairs within the DGPCA.

Nov 22: Compilation of diaspora data

Expert Dr Benoît Mougenot, gathered and reviewed the information that the MFA has on the Peruvian diaspora and existing data from previous consultations.

Dec 22: Review of relevant practices

Using the information obtained from the needs assessment, Dr Mougenot conducted a research on the institutional framework of similar institutions in other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, which could guide the subsequent work.

May 23: Diaspora consultations

Focus groups with Peruvian diaspora were organised to receive first-hand input from diaspora and understand their needs.

Jun 23: Peer learning exchange

From the review of relevant practices, government representatives from the region with relevant institutional structures (Chile and Ecuador) were invited to a peer learning workshop with members of the Peruvian MFA.

Drafting: Blueprint for regulation of organisation and functions
Aug - Sep 23: Co-drafting sessions

With the support of experts Dr Noles and Dr Mougenot, sessions will be organised with staff members from ASN to jointly draft the blueprint for ASN’s regulation of organisation and functions related to diaspora engagement.

Nov 23: Presentation of blueprint

To close the action, the blueprint and other action results will be presented among staff members from the DGPCA and other relevant government institutions.


News • LAC
Action launch: Enhancing institutional capacities for diaspora engagement in Peru
Read more
Request for
diaspora expertise
Apply now
Send request
Apply for expert support
Want to know more about our diaspora development experts?
Learn more
Expert login
Sign in
Want to know how
to become a diaspora expert?
Learn more