Our friend, colleague, family member and Dispurse’s founder Gert Johansson left this world on Mars 25th 2018, two days after his 83rd birthday.
When young, Gert received a scholarship which enabled him to obtain an education that few with his socioeconomic background were fortunate to receive. Later in his life he reflected upon the many opportunities that this education had given him and later also to his daughters, and he decided that he wanted to try and think of a way to give back.
These thoughts lead to Gert, together with his daughters Eva and Cecilia, founding Dispurse Foundation. His strong belief was that education is the key to ending poverty, therefore providing education to people less fortunate became the natural focus for the work of Dispurse Foundation.
The foundation came to work mainly in Latin America thanks to Gerd Dahlin-Öhberg, a Salvation Army soldier who has spent many years in Peru, Bolivia and Chile and who became a close friend to Gert and an important connection in the early work of the foundation. Speaking with Gerd about the high illiteracy rate amongst people with limited economic resources in these countries motivated Gert to take on the challenge, which resulted in the literacy project Dispurse Education.
Gert was a humble person who worked very hard his entire life and was driven by his great curiosity. He saw the world in a very different way, and one of his many strengths was his ability to see possibilities where others saw obstacles. Until his last days he was always eager to learn new things and come up with new solutions to problems he encountered.
Both Gert and his daughter Eva (1964-2010) live on through their dedication and work with Dispurse Foundation, as well as in our hearts.
Thank you for everything Gert, you will be dearly missed.
The Minister of Education, Professor Idel Vexler, awarded the "Allies for Education 2017" to 52 private organizations that promote projects aligned to public education policies in favor of thousands of students in the country.
We take the opportunity to meet Håkan over a cup of coffee in Gothenburg in conjunction with one of his rare visits to Sweden. Håkan Silfverlin has been living and working in Peru and South America generally for the last 12 years. Since 2016 he has lead Dispurse’s extensive efforts to eradicate poverty in Peru through innovative teaching materials (Focus) and modern technology. His target is ambitious – for Dispurse to reach 25,000 students in 2018.
“A long-term and systematic approach that involves people, academia, business, and the public sector is required to create the core of well-developed societies. Consequently, Dispurse’s efforts to eradicate illiteracy are in symbiosis with other societal developments and a variety of networks". Read more on News, blogs & film!
On 23 March 2017, we will be launching our Dispurse Focus app after 6 years of development together with neuroscientists, educators and test groups made up of around 400 individuals on the ground in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.
Following our successful test period we are now significantly accelerating the process and making a bid to bring 25 000 more women on board over the next three years, focusing on Peru. You can read more about Dispurse Focus here and you can view a film about the app below.
Dispurse participated in the organization of the Forum for Sustainable Development.
Representatives of the business sector, public management and academics discussed the challenges and social challenges of the country, as well as the importance of having citizens with decision-making capacity for better management.
The Forum will generate a White Paper that will be shared.
Although Peru has shown an advance in its public and social policies, there are still challenges that will allow achieving and guaranteeing a true sustainable development for the benefit of the citizens and for that, it must generate conversations and consensus to build a true social advance.
These policies and actions were discussed during the I Forum for Sustainable Development, contributing to the change in Peru from the local to the national, which was organized by Dispurse together with Pacífico Business School, WWF, Citizens to the Day and the Universidad Cientifica del Sur.
The foro took place during two days where the issues of governance, economic development, education and sustainable cities were discussed.
The minister of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru (MIDIS), Liliana del Carmen La Rosa, who opened the event, pointed out that although the empowerment of the public apparatus has already been achieved, there is no territorial management vision that guarantees the sustainability
"We are responding to the demand, we are dealing with the basics without the perspective of territorial management, we can not continue distributing poverty among the poor, we can not continue thinking about how we improve the subsidies without thinking about how the beneficiaries assume their responsibilities of productive inclusion. For that we need them all, we need the agreements articulating the social with the productive, "said La Rosa.
During the panel on Governance, the head of the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP), Roque Benavides, said that one way to integrate into economic activities is through public-private partnerships, taking into account the opinion of all and work together.
"The works for taxes are a good reflection, for the management capacity that the private sector can give.If we want to progress we have to make the public and private work hand in hand.It is a shared social responsibility where all the estates of society we unite to generate development, "he said.
On the other hand, Caroline Gibu, Director of Citizens to the Day indicated that, much of the state institutions have not understood the idea of how to generate an open government with spaces of participation and collaboration to meet the goals and challenges.
"In addition to having good authority, we need good managers who want to accompany a mayor in the improvement of public management, for this we can not educate the citizens of the future without educating the citizens of the present," she said.
During this panel, we also had the participation of the leader of the National Audit Office, Nelson Shack, who highlighted the work they have been carrying out since its administration to make information about what is happening in each of the government institutions transparent, which will allow to the citizens to make correct decisions.
During the debate, Yuri Vilela of AMPE, Fernando Cillóniz, of the Regional Government of Ica and Juvenal Palma, mayor of Andahuaylillas, also participated, who told about their experience of what they are doing for the benefit and development of their community.
On the second day of the event, three round tables on Education, Economic Development and Sustainable Cities were held, with the participation of important personalities and entities, such as the General Manager of SNMPE, Pablo de la Flor; the President of the SNP, Elena Conterno, the CEOs of Volvo and Scania among others.
The importance of Innovation
The experts of the systemic model Symbiocity Daniel Andersson and Helena Adlercreutz of the consultancy that emerged from the Association of Municipalities of Sweden and the Innovation unit of the Pacific Business School elaborated the work methodology that was executed in the I Forum of Sustainable Development.
During the discussions, the consultants presented the systemic model that served as a strategic framework for the realization of their proposals. During the afternoon workshops, innovative and effective methodologies were applied to analyze and propose ideas to specific topics in order to replicate the success stories in Peru.
A White Paper of the Forum will be generated that will gather the important points of each round table, the success cases exposed as well as the work done in the innovation workshops.
On July 18, 2018, the Commission for Social Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, granted the Dispurse Foundation, third place of the Inclusion Peru Award, in the category Science, research, innovation and technology applied to the processes of social inclusion and / or for the benefit of Vulnerable Populations.
The award was given at the inauguration of the first Ibero-American Congress of Social Inclusion, which was attended by congressmen and government representatives, as well as Ambassadors and State representatives from other Ibero-American countries.
With the initiative, they seek to exchange experiences and agree on central ideas that address national policies in each country.
Among the contestants were the Municipality of San Borja, the Municipality of Miraflores, Cerro Azul, among other companies and institutions.