Bolivia and Andean states
HI aims to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities within Bolivian society, help them access rehabilitation care and employment opportunities, and ensure the most vulnerable people are safe from gender-based violence.
International Day of people with disabilities in Bolivia, music and dance festival | © Jules Tusseau / HI
Actions in process
The organisation works in Bolivia to help people with disabilities get decent jobs and improve their inclusion in society. In the municipalities of El Alto and La Paz, HI links people with disabilities with employment opportunities and runs training sessions for professional inclusion staff on both organisational and technical aspects.
HI has also set up several rehabilitation centres and is helping to train staff in the centres, to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the rehabilitation services they need, in Oruro, Potosí, Beni, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba.
In addition, HI provides people with disabilities, parents of people with disabilities, educators, and others with information on the reproductive and sexual rights of people with disabilities and issues such as gender-based violence.
Lastly, HI is working to develop a strategy to prevent and protect women from violence and abuse based on an approach that takes into account the most vulnerable people, including migrant and indigenous women and children with disabilities.
Bolivia, like the other South American countries, is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. The country is highly exposed to droughts and floods. HI has previously provided support to local authorities and members of civil protection services to ensure that they take the most vulnerable into account in preparedness plans.
Situation of the country
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and people with disabilities are not sufficiently integrated into society.
Since 2005, the year Evo Morales was first elected President, Bolivian society and institutions have undergone a process of fundamental change. That election marked a decisive turning point in terms of the recognition and inclusion of the country’s 36 ethnic groups and indigenous cultures. Social and economic reforms were also initiated. Nevertheless, while Bolivia is a country with strong economic growth, inequality persists and people with disabilities remain marginalised.
Bolivia is a country regularly affected by natural disasters and climate change is having a very clear impact, particularly on agriculture.
Number of HI staff members: 8
Date the programme opened: 2011