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.
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.