Children  Peru Project #32496

Empowering Peru - Early Childhood Infobarometer

by Asociacion Salgalu para el Desarrollo

Summary

This is a website created to "translate" complex census data on early childhood in Peru into layman terms for the general population. We have collected information since the National Census in 2007, and with the new Census of 2017, we will be able to update data on the current situation as well as make a comparative analysis of the rate of change in the past 10 years. It will update information for the 1,800+ districts of Peru, on issues such as education, health, nutrition and public budget.

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Challenge

Statistics presented in percentages may be misleading. Every 10 years the country presents the national census, which represent the country's reality. The problem we have found is that the data is presented in complex numbers, where an average person might have difficulty in understanding. Worst of all, the subject of early childhood gets lost among all the numbers and it is difficult to single out the reality of children under a scope that only emerges every 10 years.

Solution

We "humanize" statistics. We identify health, education, nutrition, identity, and the public budget related to children ages 0-5, presenting valuable information in a simple manner so that Peruvian society and local authorities are informed and can take actions according to our country's needs. In 2017 we had a new Census, where early results will be released in April 2018. We will be able to provide fresh simplified information nationwide, and detail for its 24 regions and 1800 districts.

Long-Term Impact

Information is power. Local authorities sometimes interpret percentages as being too high to take action or too low to concentrate too much effort. Citizens on the other hand, specially in the smaller or distant rural areas feel intimidated because they don't know or understand the information provided by state outlets. We look to empower both audiences, the decision makers, and citizens in their role of demand and surveillance for the improvement of children's conditions and opportunities.

Resources

http:/​/​www.inversionenlainfancia.net
Early Childhood Infobarometer
Investment in Children Initiative
Investment in Children Blog
News Agency for Children Issues

Organization Information

Asociacion Salgalu para el Desarrollo

Location: Lima - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.inversionenlainfancia.net
Project Leader:
Lourdes Herencia
Lima, Peru

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