The National Policy for the Mainstreaming of the Intercultural Approach has the objective of guiding, coordinating and establishing State's action mechanisms to guarantee the exercise of the rights of the culturally diverse population of the country, particularly those of indigenous peoples and the Afro-Peruvian population, promoting a State that recognizes the cultural diversity inherent to our society, operates with cultural appropriateness and thus contributes to social inclusion, national integration and the elimination of discrimination. This policy was approved by Supreme Decree No. 003-2015-MC.
According to the interculturality approach, from an ethical-political paradigm, interculturality is based on the recognition of cultural differences as one of the pillars of the construction of a democratic society, based on the establishment of equal relations, opportunities and rights. The Intercultural Approach implies that the State values and incorporates the different cultural visions, conceptions of well-being and development of the various ethnic-cultural groups for the generation of services with cultural appropriateness, the promotion of an intercultural citizenship based on dialogue and the differentiated attention to indigenous peoples and the Afro-Peruvian population.
The National Policy for the Mainstreaming of the Intercultural Approach is mandatory for all the sectors and institutions of the State and different levels of government. For the private sector and civil society, the National Policy will be useful as a guiding instrument
The main breakthroughs in the implementation of the National Policy for the Mainstreaming of the Intercultural Approach are:
- The intercultural approach has positioned itself in the State apparatus, in policies and plans.
- Development of criteria for the provision of services with cultural appropriateness. Indeed, the following have been included in some health services: i. Sociocultural diagnosis; ii. Planning instruments with an intercultural approach; iii. Public workers with strengthened intercultural capacities; iv. Provision of services in predominant indigenous or originary languages; v. Spaces conditioned to the relevant sociocultural characteristics; vi. Discrimination-free establishments; vii. Communication with cultural appropriateness; and viii. Spaces for intercultural dialogue.
- There is a legally recognized Intercultural Seal. By Supreme Decree No. 006-2019-MC, the President of the Republic ordered the creation of the Intercultural Seal, a recognition that helps the State to ensure the provision of services with cultural and linguistic appropriateness, bringing them closer to the culturally diverse population of the country. It focuses on the improvement of the living conditions of indigenous or originary peoples and the Afro-Peruvian population, and on the reduction of social gaps in the country.
- Little by little, public establishments have been providing services that respect cultural diversity and be free from discrimination.
- Processes to develop intercultural capacities in public officers, workers and service operators have been expanded.
- We actively intervene in eight regions of Peru (Piura, Amazonas, San Martin, Loreto, Junin, Ayacucho, Puno and Cusco) but our jurisdiction covers the entire country.
- There is a semi-face-to-face technical training and assistance program that seeks to strengthen the capacities of officers and service operators, as well as of indigenous organizations and peoples, and the Afro-Peruvian population.
- A virtual platform is being designed and the design of a public management program in alliance with Servir is being promoted so that public managers have the capacities and skills to implement the National Policy for the Mainstreaming of the Intercultural Approach at the three levels of government.
- Within the framework of the Budgetary Support Agreement of the National Strategy for Development and Social Inclusion (CAP ENDIS), the implementation of the Policy is promoted in coordination with other sectors such as MIDIS, MINSA and MEF; benefiting four prioritized Regions: Amazonas, San Martin, Loreto and Junin, where criteria with intercultural appropriateness are being implemented in the health services of the IPRSS in indigenous areas.
- Among other aspects.
Approximately USD 333,043.73 per year
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indigenous peoples and Afro-Peruvian population organizations
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Strengthen the incorporation of the intercultural approach in public policies and management.
Promote that public policies incorporate the intercultural approach, and especially that they guarantee the exercise of indigenous peoples' rights.
Strengthen the Intercultural Seal for the recognition of public establishments nationwide.
Drive public services with cultural and linguistic appropriateness in order to guarantee the exercise of the rights of indigenous peoples and the Afro-Peruvian population, and reduce the existing social gaps.
Complete the redesign of the technical training and assistance program, reorienting its needs and demands within the new context posed by the CORONA VIRUS global pandemic, betting on self-guided and self-instructional courses and tutorials, and the alliance with Servir to reach the highest level.
Promote the revaluation and incorporation of peoples' life plans and ancestral knowledge into public management.
Promote a strategic agenda on the rights of indigenous women, especially in the prevention and attention to violence against indigenous women and children, particularly in health and education.
Update the National Policy for the Mainstreaming of the Intercultural Approach and align the instruments of public management and the budget of public entities to the Policy's key criteria.
Build a roadmap, guidelines, directives, guides and tool kit to implement the intercultural approach at the three levels of government (national, regional and local), as well as at the community and rural levels, coordinating with other national strategies and the ones of policies regarding gender, health, justice, climate change, environment, safety, etc.