Communities In Peril

Challenges To Long Term Development



14 Bolivia Map


Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America.

With a population of 10 million and a GDP of $27.04 billion, the country is multiethnic with 62 percent of the population selfidentify as indigenous people.

Bolivia ranks 108th out of 186 in the Human Development Index and 97th out of 186 on the Gender Inequality Index.

Bolivia has suffered economically from its landlocked position and political and social instability which have impeded its prospects for sustainable economic growth.
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9   Education

Economic and social conditions contribute greatly to the lack of educational opportunities in Bolivia as the inequality in education and literacy between urban and rural residents is vast.
  • The majority of Bolivians never reach secondary schools.ore than one million people in Bolivia over the age of 15 are unable to read or write.
  • More than one million people in Bolivia over the age of 15 are unable to read or write.
  • The inequality in education and literacy in rural areas is due to children being sent to work to support their families.
  • The rate of illiteracy among women is 19.35% in relation to men at only 6.94% 1 . A main source of this disparity is a lack of information.


10   Information
Because Bolivian women have limited access to essential information and critically needed assistance in relation to health, safety, and legal rights, options available to them regarding the protection of the livelihood of their families and themselves are few.

Child mortality and malnutrition is greater in Bolivia than in any other Latin American country. Even though Bolivia has made considerable improvement in maternal and child healthcare outcomes, this progress has slowed in recent years.

Finally, Bolivia is among the Latin American countries with the highest rate of teen pregnancies with over 17% of girls aged 15 to 19 having had a pregnancy 2 . 2012 DHS estimate 2008 DHS estimate

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11   Training

Bolivia’s economy has been adversely affected by price fluctuations in the global commodities market place as natural gas, oil, and minerals account for almost 90% of Bolivia’s exports.

Because women are marginalized and discriminated against in the economy they have limited access to productive resources.

Inequality, corruption and economic uncertainty are persistent challenges that can only be only tackled by diversifying the economy and training.