Diakonia - People change the world


In Bolivia Diakonia's work is especially focused on women, indigenous peoples and the most excluded sectors of society. Diakonia support community based organizations of the indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants and local NGOs in their demand for and implementation of human rights, democracy, local development and adaption to climate change.


High poverty rate - despite economic growth

Bolivia is located in the centre of South America with almost 10 million inhabitants, but is at the same time isolated due to its lack of infrastructure. Despite strong economic growth in recent years, large social, cultural and economical gaps persist, with a poverty rate of 63 percent, rising to 77 percent in rural areas.

The rights of indigenous people

About two thirds of the population identify with one of the 36 indigenous groups in the country. Due to advocacy and active participation of partners and other civil society organizations Bolivia now has a new constitution, which for the first time in history reflects the rights of the 36 indigenous peoples. And when Evo Morales was elected in 2005, he became the first Bolivian president with indigenous background.

Some of our results in Bolivia

Through our co-operation with our partner organizations, several results strengthening human rights and democracy in Bolivia can be seen:

As a result of the advocacy from our partners and other civil society organizations, Bolivia now has a new constitution, which includes the rights of the 36 indigenous people's rights.

Through extensive lobbying, our partner organizations have produced law proposals concerning the rights of women and indigenous people which have been implemented by the government.

Through the support of Diakonia, our partner organizations directly reach over 23 000 citizens with actions in education, training and information distribution.

Read more about our work in Bolivia