About the Quipu-VRAEM commission

The Quipu-VRAEM commission seeks to generate innovative proposals and empirical evidence that the Peruvian government can use to address the specific problems of the politically unstable VRAEM region (short for Valle del Río Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro). The VRAEM is characterized by the cultivation of coca, the presence of different armed groups and low levels of state control. Recognizing these challenges, the Quipu-VRAEM commission will propose appropriate development policies and corresponding impact evaluations to test rigorously whether the proposed interventions work in the specific context of the VRAEM.
The commission is composed of 5 Peruvian scholars who are experts in social development and 3 international advisors with experience in conflict zones or impact evaluations. The commission’s work is guided by the Peruvian Ministry for Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the regional governments of the VRAEM region. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Business Solutions for Poverty (SEP) provide technical support to the commission’s activities.  
The commission is named after the quipu, a measurement device used by the Incas to keep track of its finances, economy, and demographics, among others. Before Quipu-VRAEM, there has already been another Quipu Commission working on the more general context of social inclusion in Peru.

The Members

Commission members:
Martin Valdivía, Principal Investigator, Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)
Janice Seinfield, Professor of Industrial Organization and Public Finance, Universidad del Pacífico
Lucía Dammert, Executive Director, Consorcio Global para la Transformación de la Seguridad
Álvaro Monge, Partner at Macroconsult & PhD candidate at the University of Sussex
Pablo Lavado, Profesor of Economics, Universidad del Pacífico
International Advisors
Paul Gertler, Li Ka Shing Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
Norman Loayza, Lead Economist (Research Department), World Bank
Daniel Mejía, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center of Studies on Security and Drugs (CESED), Universidad de los Andes de Bogotá
Government and Private Sector Counterparts
Ursula Martinez Angulo, Director of Impact Evaluations, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion
Sandra Fabiola Cáceres Paurinotto, Specialist in Evaluation Management, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion
Juan Manuel Arribas Berehndson, Executive Director, Soluciones Empresariales contra la Pobreza
IPA and J-PAL support team
Dylan Ramshaw, Country Director, IPA Peru
Ines Levy, Project Associate, IPA Peru
Mario Gyori, Research Assistant, IPA Peru
Ryan Cooper, Executive Director J-PAL LAC
Magdalena Valdez, Deputy Director J-PAL LAC
Claudia Macias, Policy Manager J-PAL LAC


The Quipu-VRAEM commission is jointly organized by Innovations for Poverty Action and the following partners:
MIDIS – Ministerio de Desarrollo e Inclusión Social (Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion), the Peruvian ministry in charge of improving the quality of life of the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the population. MIDIS oversees a wide range of social programs, such as the conditional cash transfer program Juntos, the child care program Cuna Más, and the pension program Pensión 65 among others.
MEF – Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (Ministry of Economics and Finances), which is in charge of budgeting, financing public investments as well as economic and social policies.
SEP – Soluciones empresariales contra la pobreza, a nongovernmental organization founded by Peruvian entrepreneurs to support the fight against poverty in Peru.
J-PAL – The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab is a non-profit organization that conducts rigorous impact evaluations of development policies all over the globe, in order to find viable strategies to reduce poverty.