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Bolivia

bolivia


ACRA centre

 

Calle Victor Sanjinéz 2722
Sopocachi - La Paz,
Bolivia
tel. +591 2-2911171
Fax + 591 2-2911174

 

FACTSHEET

 

Capital: Sucre / La Paz

Area: 1.098.580 Km²

Population: 10.969.649

Languages: the official languages are Spanish and those of the 36 original nationalities; amongst these are Aymará and Quechua

Religions: Catholic 95%, protestant, minorities and animists

bandiera-bolivia
Bolivia stretches over areas of the Amazon forest, valleys and plateaux, rising up the Andes heights; consequently it has a variety of extreme climates (from 50° in Chaco to -25° on the Andes).

 

Its main resources, historically, are linked to the subsurface: minerals and hydrocarbons. The country also has a considerable biodiversity, greater than the majority of countries; because of this wealth, the country has been, over time, subjected to irrational and unsustainable exploitation of its resources which have benefited few limited segments of the population.

 

ACRA has been officially present in Bolivia since 1985 with projects in the areas of La Paz and Yungas, Cochabamba, Salaar de Uyuni and Pando. The main needs to which we try to respond mainly concern access to clean drinking water and management of natural resources, while trying to reduce the marginalization of local producers in accessing the market and promote their participation in the creation of added value in the production chain (lama, Amazon nuts, coffee, milk).

 

Project partners of ACRA in Bolivia are essentially community based organizations (committees, union organizations), peasant economic organizations (OECAs), the municipalities. At different levels ACRA addresses and builds relations also with government bodies: ministers, superintendencies and other civil institutions.


CURRENTS PROJECTS

>>> 10 micro hydroelectric power plants

COMPLETED PROJECTS

>>> Campesinos unidos


DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS

Human Development Index
on 187 countries in the worlds*
108th position Urban population* 67%
Average age** 22,5 years
- 21,8 men
- 23,2 women
Per Capita Income (PPP)* $ 4.054
($ 11,10 a day)
Population living under the
poverty line**
51,3% Life expectancy at birth* 67,9 years
Under 5 mortality* 51/1000 HIV prevalence in adults** 0,2%
Children under 5 who are underweight for their age** 4,3% Unemployment rate** 5,5%
Workforce occupation** 32% agricolture
20% industry
48% services
Literacy rate** 86,7%
- 93,1% men
- 80,7% women
Population with access to drinking water*** 88%
- 96% urban
- 71% rural
Population without access to sanitation*** 23%
- 8% urban
- 54% rural
* Source UNDP
** Source CIA
*** Source UNICEF and World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation 2012