SDSN Bolivia

Hosted by:
  • Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB)
    La Paz, Bolivia
  • Fundación Solidaridad y Desarrollo Productivo Sostenible (SOLYDES)
    La Paz, Bolivia

The overarching objective of SDSN Bolivia is to promote sustainable visions and solutions for long-term development in Bolivia. The network aims at bringing academia, government institutions, the private sector, philanthropic efforts, and civil society together to tackle the most pressing issues in the country. This year, the key challenge is the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Municipal Atlas of the SDGs in Bolivia

SDSN Bolivia has been working for almost two years on producing a Municipal Atlas of the SDGs in Bolivia. Launched in July 2020, this is the most detailed SDG Index in the world, covering all of the 339 municipalities that exist in Bolivia. The results indicate that the differences in the SDG Index between municipalities within Bolivia are similar to the differences between all the 166 countries in the global SDG Index. That is why it was so important to provide this information at the sub-national level.

SDSN Bolivia’s main goals with this effort are to i) stimulate research in all areas of sustainable development in Bolivia, ii) inform national, departmental and municipal-level policy-making by providing relevant data and analysis in an easy-to-understand format, and iii) help local stakeholders develop roadmaps towards sustainable development for their communities.

The 2020 Bolivian Conference on Development Economics

SDSN Bolivia’s annual development conference was held in July 2020 in a free, online format. One of the keynote speakers was Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and the network used this opportunity to officially launch SDSN Bolivia and the Municipal Atlas of the SDGs. The event included more than 60 research paper presentations, as well as several panel discussions addressing some of the most pressing policy issues in Bolivia.

Eco-tourism as an Engine of Sustainable Development

With about 25% of the national territory covered by national, departmental, or municipal protected areas, Bolivia has tremendous potential for tourism based on nature, culture and adventure. SDSN Bolivia is working together with its member institutions, as well as national and local authorities, to position tourism as an engine for sustainable development in dozens of Bolivian municipalities.

Looking Ahead

In the coming months, SDSN Bolivia, together with local member organizations, will use the Municipal Atlas of the SDGs in Bolivia to promote decentralized and locally formulated processes of sustainable development.

Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) is one of the top universities in Bolivia and Latin America. According to América Economía, UPB is among the 23 best business schools in Latin America and is the only Bolivian university to be included in this prestigious ranking. Headquartered in Cochabamba, UPB also has a campus and post graduate center in La Paz, and a new campus has just been inaugurated in Santa Cruz.

Fundación SOLYDES is a foundation based in La Paz, which was established in 1987 with the sole purpose of fighting poverty in Bolivia by supporting innovative initiatives. Since then, Fundación SOLYDES has been a central actor in the development and consolidation of the microfinance sector in Bolivia and has strengthened productive entrepreneurship with positive social impacts.