DESCO, Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo, is a non-governmental development institution that has been part of Peruvian civil society for 53 years. It is dedicated to the promotion of social development and the strengthening of the capacities of the less favored sectors of the country. DESCO is defined as a private civil association with public purposes, which is related to popular organizations, social and political actors and State agencies, to contribute to the strengthening of civil society’s capacities and the elaboration of development proposals. DESCO’s professional team has knowledge and experience in the areas of poverty and inequality, citizen participation, local development and management, local productive promotion, environmental management and social planning, management and evaluation, among others.

We promote democratic alternatives and development with the empowerment of the population with whom we work in the exercise and consolidation of their rights and the reduction of inequalities, generating economic, social, political and environmental impacts, to build a more egalitarian society and inclusive development.

Outreach : International

Right to the City Components:

  • 1. Non Discrimination
  • 2. Gender Equality
  • 3. Inclusive Citizenship
  • 4. Political Participation
  • 6. Quality Public Spaces and Services
  • 7. Diverse and Inclusive Economies
  • 8. Urban-rural linkages

Woking groups:

  • Advocacy
  • Research and training
  • Communication
  • Gender
  • Regional