Bolivia is one of Latin America’s poorest nations, with high levels of wealth inequality. Caritas Australia’s programs in Bolivia promote economic development, ecological sustainability and human rights in both urban and rural communities.
Bolivia: the facts
Bolivia, a landlocked country in South America stretching from the Central Andes to the Amazon basin, is one of the poorest in Latin America.
Development in the country is highly unequal, with one of the highest levels of income inequality amongst Latin American countries. Health, life expectancy and education levels are also low compared to its neighbouring countries. Bolivia’s Indigenous groups are particularly vulnerable. They are often too poor or live too remotely to access basic health and education services.
Widespread deforestation and soil erosion also compound the difficulties facing Bolivia’s rural and indigenous communities.
• Human Development Index Rank - 119
• Poverty headcount ratio at $1.90 a day (2011 PPP) (% of population) - 39.3%
• Improved sanitation facilities (% of population with access) - 26%
• Improved water sources, rural (% of rural population with access) - 71%
• Prevalence of HIV total (% of population aged 15-49) - 0.3%
Caritas Australia in Bolivia
The video below tells the story of our work in Latin America. Information on our work in Bolivia is described at 3:36.
Caritas Australia supports two programs in Bolivia implemented through two local partners. Programs focus on education for child protection, education and gender.
Examples of our recent work
- The Educar Es Fiesta (education is celebration) program provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, adolescents and women. In participatory, creative and educational ways, ‘Educar Es Fiesta’ will work with three communities to reduce the risks of violence and mistreatment faced by children and women in the family, at school and in their neighbourhoods.
- The Ethno Eco Tourism project has introduced disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies to three communities in Bolivia. Community farms were relocated inland and pipes installed to aid drainage in the case of flooding.