About us

In 2016, through a process of agreed institutional restructuring, the DESCO South Regional Program was officially transformed into the Center for the Study and Promotion of Southern Development-DESCOSUR, increasing our lines of work and with the same commitment with which we come working in the south of the country since 1985.

The presence of DESCO in the department of Arequipa began in 1985 with the implementation of the Colca Valley Rural Development Program, which contributed to the economic and social development of the province of Caylloma, by energizing and consolidating the economic circuits of domestic South American camelids, polycultures (the commercial and self-consumption portfolio), and supporting the functioning of economic and social organizations and institutions in their management of local and provincial development.

From 1999 to 2001, we participated as co-executors of the Araucaria Project of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. From 2002 until today, we continue to be present at the province of Caylloma, executing projects in concert with public and private institutions.

In 2000, we started our work in the Caravelí province, promoting the development of a coastal province in the department of Arequipa, based on the established economic circuits of olive growing, viticulture, and fruit trees, replicating the micro-regional development approach validated in the province of Caylloma.

In 2004 we began our intervention in two new territorial areas: the province of Lampa, department of Puno, to contribute to the development of the circuit of domestic South American camelids; and in the Páucar of Sara Sara province of the Ayacucho department, with the aim of supporting the recovery of agricultural production.

Since 2006, we are in charge of the Partial Administration of the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, thanks to an agreement signed with the State.

Later we have developed projects in Camaná and Castilla (Arequipa) and in Melgar and Caraballa (Puno), with projects to boost local economic circuits with fruit trees, camelid fiber, and dairy products. We have also opened lines of work in food security, rural sanitation, gender equality, and environmental education.


We promote sustainable development, together with economic, social and political actors (public and private) to improve living conditions and reduce inequalities, in marginal urban populations, families of small rural producers, from the southern macro region of Peru .


We are a recognized institution, with validated and spread proposals for sustainable territorial development that, in a strategic alliance with the social actors, we provide alternatives to climate change, economic, social and gender inequality, environmental management, and development of local institutions for governability and democracy.

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What do we do

Local institutional development and citizen participation in the decentralization process.

It includes accompanying actions in the development of the propositional and negotiating capacities of the organizations of the rural and urban popular sectors, for the exercise of rights and duties, that is, the effective exercise of citizenship of all sectors of society, such as part of a process of consolidation of democracy, the participation of citizens in public affairs at different levels of the State (local and regional government), and working for decentralization and governability.

Natural resource management and environmental education

It is based on the experiences developed in the execution of the different projects that in turn are also part of their mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change.

The management and management of water resources is part of our central activities to promote the execution of projects to ensure the sustainability of economic activities, as a condition of the development of agricultural production, promoting activities aimed at conservation, increase and the availability of water for agriculture and livestock.

Boosting sustainable territorial economic development: agricultural production, rural community tourism, food security, capacity development, business management and market access. 

This thematic axis fosters sustainable territorial economic development by promoting the agricultural production and rural tourism sectors, capacity building for business management (to promote small rural industry and MIPES –medium and small businesses – in cities) and access to the market.

In the territories where we intervene, tourist activities related to agricultural production (oriented to the consumer market generated by the influx of visitors) are being promoted, new local tourist circuits and small family service companies (accommodation, gastronomy, guided) are emerging.

Where we intervene

We currently intervene with four Territorial Operating Units (UOT in spanish) located in eight provinces of four departments.

Arequipa — Arequipa and Caylloma
Puno — Lampa, Melgar and Carabaya
Ayacucho — Parinachochas and Páucar from Sara-Sara
Moquegua — Sánchez Cerro

In the city of Arequipa we promote events of analysis and debate on the political situation, democracy and governance, surveillance and citizen participation, regionalization and decentralization.

Areas of intervention

Development projects

We manage and execute comprehensive projects, taking into account the productive chains, circuits or economic, environmental, institutional components, added value and market of the areas in which we intervene.

Improved techniques of reproduction, recovery and management of natural grasslands for peasant communities that raise llamas and alpacas – PROANDINO II

Date: March 2020 — February 2023
Responsible: Rodolfo Marquina
Funding source: Pan Para el Mundo

Agricultural producers in 4 districts of Castilla (Arequipa) empowered by the achievement of their food sovereignty – PRODACAS

Date: March 2018 — March 2020
Responsible: Nicanor Choque
Funding source: Mugen Gainetik

Promotion and strengthening of capacities for entrepreneurship

Date: August 2019 — October 2020
Responsible: Nilton Lipa
Financing source: Fondoempleo

Food security and environmental management in six districts of Parinacochas and Paúcar del Sara Sara – Ayacucho

Date: October 2017 — November 2020
Responsible: Carolina Cauna
Funding source: Paz y Solidaridad

Improvement of family initiatives in the service of rural community tourism in 3 districts of the Colca Valley

Date: October 2018 — November 2020
Responsible: Waldir Chávez
Funding source: Paz y Solidaridad

Human development, preventive health and educational quality of the populations of the Cupi, Llalli, Macari and Umachiri districts in the province of Melgar, Puno Region – PRONUSA

Date: January 2012 — December 2020
Responsible: Milagros Aguilar
Funding Source: Ayuda en Acción

Improvement of the gender equality conditions of high Andean rural families in a context of limited resources and personal abilities

Date: July 2018 — July 2021
Responsible: Delmy Poma
Funding source: Genéve Tiers-Monde

Promotion of Local Economic Development based on the capacities and powers of the Provincial Municipality of Caylloma

Date: December 2018 — December 2021
Responsible: Waldir Chávez
Funding source: Paz y Solidaridad

Ten complementary livestock development projects in the sphere of influence of MINSUR – Puno (sheds, pastures, fences, reservoirs and health)

Date: 2017 — 2022
Responsible: Daniel Torres
Funding source: MINSUR

Natural Resources Management and Management Project for Water Security in the Alta Quilca – Chili Basin

Date: October 2019 — August 2022
Responsible: Aquilino Mejía
Funding source: AURUBIS

Partial Operations Management Contract for the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Date: December 2006 — December 2026
Responsible: Aquilino Mejía
Funding source: Managed projects
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Project: Conservation of Natural Resources in the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca

Date: January 2022 — December 2022
Responsible: Kenny Caballero Marchan
Funding source: INKABOR


One of our main competences is the quality of the personnel in charge of executing their projects. We work with a team of professionals and technicians who constitute interdisciplinary teams for the development of quality projects.