Development and Peace has been present in Bolivia for over 30 years and through that time, we’ve helped many partners achieve positive results in their struggle to create a just society in Bolivia.

Today, we continue to run a major program that supports grassroots organizations in the country. We have established four priority issues for our program there:

  1. Strengthening social movements so that they function democratically, maintain their autonomy and are able to carry out development alternatives;
  2. Promoting women, their rights and their role as citizens;
  3. Defending the right of indigenous groups to land ownership, which in turn will help preserve social peace in the country; and
  4.  Educating and raising the awareness of citizens on the importance of their social and political participation.

We work with six partners in Bolivia, including the National Federation of Bolivian Domestic Workers.

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Most of Bolivia’s domestic workers who stand to gain from the new treaty are indigenous women.
December 5, 2012

Bolivia became the fourth state on November 20 to formally ratify the new Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Adopted by the ILO on 16 June 2011, the passage of Convention 189 has been celebrated by workers around the world as they expect the landmark measure to change the lives of at least 100 million workers globally.

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November 1, 2012

These days, things are booming in the mining town of Huanuni, Bolivia. Tin prices are at nearly $10 a pound, compared to $2 in the eighties. The tin extracted from the mine is processed in local foundries, and then sent by boat to Asia, where it ends up in cell phones, laptops, iPods and other electrical goods. Miners are earning unprecedented salaries, which has spawned a tin rush that has men literally fighting for jobs at the COMIBOL state run mine, and young women fighting over the wage-earning miners.

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October 19, 2012

These women have come a long way - both literally and metaphorically! Nineteen- year old Diana Garcia, member of the executive board of the National Federation of Domestic workers (FENATRAHOB), came from a life of domestic servitude that started when she was only 12 years old in Pando, one of the remotest reaches of Bolivia. Today, Diana is studying law at the University of Bolivia.

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