PEP International is a Non-profit member organisation established in Iceland in December 2002 and fully registered in January 2003 under the corporate registration Nr. 710103-2670.
The purpose of PEP is to initiate development assistance for countries in need for such assistance. To achieve this PEP initiates communication and cooperation between international development cooperation agencies and authorities and institutions in countries in need of external support.
Over the years PEP has specialised in strengthening the social capital in marginalised areas. The main focus is on the communication between Local Governments and citizens in rural areas and in urban underdeveloped quarters. Through practical experience citizens learn to exercise their rights, identify and prioritize their problems and to file claims on their local authorities. Maximising usage of local resources is one of the principles of PEP as the name of the organisation indicates PEP (Peoples´ Empowerment Program).
The main financial supporter of PEP activities is Sida, (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). The total value of projects implemented by PEP is calculated at over 10.000.000 €. Partnership has been established with Central and Local Governments in 3 countries, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia. Currently PEP is implementing in Bosnia the Sida funded PERA project (Peoples Empowerment in Rural Areas) in partnership with USAID and Sida funded GAP (Government Accountability Program) and the municipal associations.
Both international and national staff of PEP International has extensive experience. Organising and implementing reconstruction of houses and infrastructure in war affected areas such as Bosnia and Kosovo with thousands of homes being repaired. Community Development projects with hundreds of problems being solved through mobilisation of citizens and better usage of local resources as well as income generating projects and direct financial support.
Audunn Bjarni Olafsson