Diakonia - People change the world


The majority of Bolivia’s 10 million inhabitants belong to one of the country’s 36 indigenous peoples. When Bolivia drafted a new constitution in 2009, indigenous peoples and Afro-Bolivians were given a more prominent role, but their situation is still tough. Poverty is widespread and women are discriminated against.

In Bolivia, Diakonia supports organizations that work for human rights, equality and social and economic justice.

Human rights: Diakonia works for the rights of women and indigenous peoples, to strengthen human rights defenders and to ensure that political representatives at different levels honour their human rights promises.

Gender equality: Diakonia works to combat gender-based violence, especially violence against women, and supports organizations that provide legal support and disseminate knowledge about gender-based violence. We also work to increase knowledge and respect for sexual and reproductive rights.

Social and economic justice: Diakonia works for sustainable development and climate justice, for a better distribution of wealth and access to natural resources and with projects that increase women’s economic power and self-determination.

Read more about our work in Bolivia

  • They’ve changed social reality

    Ten to fifteen years ago, there was total silence surrounding LGBTQ issues in Bolivia. You couldn’t talk about it, neither in school nor at home. “Coming out was extremely difficult. We still don’t have the...
  • “They told us that abortions didn’t exist”

    “In our culture, we’ve always heard that a good woman should have 12 children, the same as the number of disciples Jesus had. They told us that abortions didn’t exist, but that’s not true, and silencing it...
  • “I was born a shoemaker”

    The sun burns our necks as we walk up the hill to Soledad Perez’s house. El Alto is 400 meters up, and the sun feels so close that you could touch it. “I was born a shoemaker,” says Soledad, “but I never...
  • “We were trapped in our homes, in the dark”

    Four thousand metres above sea level in Bolivia lies the city of El Alto. It’s barren. No trees as far as the eye can see. And new brick houses are being built everywhere for people who have migrated here from...