Bolivia

2004 - 2007

WHY USAID/OTI WAS IN BOLIVIA

In March 2004, USAID/OTI launched its Bolivia program to help reduce tensions in areas prone to social conflict and to assist the country in preparing for key electoral events. At the time, Bolivia was experiencing heightened political unrest following the resignation of President Gonzales Sánchez de Lozada, in addition to increasing demands for regional autonomy from several departments (i.e., administrative divisions).

USAID/OTI'S ROLE IN BOLIVIA

USAID/OTI’s Bolivia program sought to:

  • Improve access to balanced information on issues of national importance;
  • Promote peaceful participation and economic opportunity in marginalized areas; and
  • Conduct civic education and leadership training in support of Bolivia’s emerging indigenous leadership.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Supporting the decentralization process through strengthened departmental governments: USAID/OTI provided technical support to Bolivia’s nine prefectures to train departmental government staff in planning, budgeting and project management and improve institutional capacity related to financial and administrative systems, transparency mechanisms, communications, outreach and other key areas.
  • Promoting linkages between indigenous groups and democratic structures: USAID/OTI helped traditionally marginalized indigenous groups engage in the political process. Many of these projects were implemented in collaboration with prefectures, focusing on issues such as consensus building on local economic development priorities or decentralized service provision.
  • Fostering community participation in marginalized areas: USAID/OTI supported constructive engagement of youth and social organizations through income generation and school rehabilitation projects.
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Last updated: December 01, 2017

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