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Bolivia

In Bolivia, social and political disputes often escalate to the brink of conflict. Ethnic and cultural diversity and struggles over natural resources fuel social and economic tensions in Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Nevertheless, training provided by The Carter Center to thousands of Bolivians, including civic organizations, social groups, government authorities, media organizations, and young political leaders, has helped to establish specific conflict prevention and transformation skills and greater political will for dialogue. 

Waging Peace

The Carter Center worked in Bolivia from 2003 to 2011 with the overall aim of supporting a democratic transformation process that was peaceful, inclusive, and respectful of human rights. From 2003–2007, the Center helped Bolivia establish access to information legislation. Beginning in 2007, The Carter Center helped build capacity for conflict management by providing comprehensive training to government officials, particularly those in the National Institute for Agrarian Reform. In 2009, a Center mission focused on long-term observation of Bolivia's new biometric voter registration process. Also in 2009, the Center began a project to strengthen Bolivian democracy by fostering the practice of professional journalism and strengthening the role of media in the promotion of peace and stability.

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Map of Bolivia


QUICK FACTS: BOLIVIA


Size: 1,098,581 square kilometers

Population: 10,800,882 (July 2015 est.)
Population below poverty line: 45 percent
Life expectancy: 69 years

Ethnic groups: Quechua, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Aymara, white

Religions: Roman Catholic; Protestant (Evangelical Methodist)

Languages: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara (official), foreign languages, Guarani (official) other

 

(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2015)


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