Contribuyentes por Respeto (CpR) is on a mission to become the taxpayer’s hero in Peru. Peruvian citizens are not receiving the benefits they expect, given how much they pay in taxes, so CpR is committed to defending the taxpayers in their side of the social bargain. For this mission, CpR leads four programs: Voices for Health, Infrastructure for All (referred to as the LIFE Project), Small Business Promotion Observatory (SME), and Consumer Regulations Observatory.
Voices for Health is only seven months old, but it is CpR’s strongest program. Within this program, CpR helps patients’ associations find their “voices” so they may defend their right to a quality public health service. Through Voices for Health, CpR empowers patients’ associations to build media and visual campaigns for their cause, and to engage with policymakers.
Through Infrastructure for All, CpR promotes efficient investments in public infrastructure. Many public infrastructure projects in Peru have been halted due to institutional weakness, but CpR believes that taxpayers deserve the infrastructure for which they have paid.
CpR also works on holding policymakers accountable — specifically for free-market policies, they may have passed. Its Small Business Promotion Observatory is responsible for various successes, including a law that allows small business owners to deduct personal health and education expenses from their income taxes (CL 1258). The organization recently earned a Liberating Enterprise and Entrepreneurship grant from Atlas Network, which helped CpR fund the promotion of a set of reforms intended to reduce the bureaucracy affecting small businesses in Peru.
CpR’s fourth program, the Consumer Regulations Observatory, monitors the rule-making process for consumer regulations. With this program, CpR demands evidence that any new regulation on consumers is necessary, and pushes for policies based on personal responsibility and reducing information asymmetry.
Through these programs, says director Jose Ignacio Beteta, it is CpR’s goal “to scrutinize the quality of public service produced by the Peruvian government, and to promote a competitive, free-market environment.” Peruvian taxpayers are not seeing their money at work — and CpR aims to hold the government accountable.