Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Snyder

Second Advisor

Dr. Caroline Conzelman

Third Advisor

Dr. Shuang Zhang

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Artemi Romanov


Chronic child undernutrition is a concerning health development issue plaguing many countries around the world. In Peru, the fight to reduce child undernutrition has gained international attention due to the involvement of many actors, programs, and policies that have been developed. Many efforts dropped the national rate of undernutrition, which fell from 29.5% in 2004 to 13.1% in 2016 (ENDES, 2016). However, continuous regional disparities in the Andean and Amazonian regions and the rising problem of anemia have stunted further progress to address undernutrition for all children in Peru—not just those living on the coast. This thesis aims to analyze the actors involved such as the Peruvian government, UNICEF, and social programs and the current coordination between actors. In doing so, I aim to fill the gaps within the current research on undernutrition by explaining coordination efforts and problems, differences in programs, and identify the missing links in the system today. Presidents and civil society have played a key role in agenda setting and program and policy creation, especially since 2000. Although program creation and promotion has been on the rise the last two decades, coordination efforts and the lack of responsibility by the government have left the citizens of Peru unsatisfied. This thesis demonstrates the importance of inter-agency cooperation, transparency, and the need for greater accountability as methods to aid policy creation and agenda-setting to combat chronic child undernutrition in Peru.