- Sustainable productive development
Results for this pillar have been significant in rural areas. The Rural Partnerships Project (RPP) supported 770 producers’ organizations in 110 municipalities, benefiting a total of 29,000 families. Of these beneficiaries, 90% are indigenous. The total partnerships reflect an increase in net family income of 206% as compared with those without RPP intervention. A second phase of the RPP plans to increase the total number of beneficiary families to 40,000.
Likewise, with the Regional Concurrent Development Project, the World Bank has channeled through the government investment sub-projects in productive infrastructure and basic infrastructure in 180 departmental and municipal governments. A total of 244 sub-projects have been financed. Sixty-three irrigation sub-projects were implemented, benefitting over 15,400 individuals. In addition, 168 transportation infrastructure (roads, pedestrian and vehicle bridges) sub-projects benefitted more than 340,000 people whereas 13 sub-projects in business environments and productive promotion (rural fairs, basins, ethno-ecotourism, soil conservation and management and markets) benefitted over 77,000 people.
Also implemented were 132 pre-investment sub-projects in irrigation systems, transportation infrastructure, ethno-ecotourism and soil conservation and management.
In addition, 30,700 representatives of 418 civil and government organizations received training in the development, management and assessment of plans, programs, projects and articles of incorporation at the sub-national level.
Other results include project support to 93 indigenous municipalities in drafting their Letters of Autonomy and to eight municipalities transitioning to Indigenous Autonomous Regions in the development of their bylaws, an important step in the process to become autonomous, which Bolivia is attempting to consolidate through constitutional mandate.
The Community Investment in Rural Areas Project currently benefits 293 poor rural communities that are investing in micro-irrigation, production and road projects, among others. The project directly supports more than 45,000 families and plans to benefit a total of 500 extremely poor rural communities by 2017.
The Lands for Agricultural Development Project has helped 237 producer associations use their land more effectively. It has issued non-reimbursable funds to increase production and technical assistance in five municipalities of Santa Cruz Department, in the Chaco and Chiquitanía. Project activities have benefited more than 2,800 families living in poverty, including those residing in indigenous communities, and have resulted in the incorporation of nearly 150,000 hectares of land for agricultural use.
Rural development projects have enabled Bolivia to share its knowledge in south-south knowledge exchanges with Guatemala, Bhutan and Vietnam. With respect to urban infrastructure, projects have improved poor neighborhoods of La Paz and the road network in El Alto.
- Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
The World Bank supports disaster risk management and the adaptation to climate change through grants, loans and technical assistance. The Emergency Recovery and Disaster Management Project has intervened in 244 sub-projects to rehabilitate roads and infrastructure in water and basic sanitation, irrigation, river protection, health and education that was damaged by El Niño and La Niña weather phenomena, benefiting over 400,000 inhabitants of municipalities with high poverty rates.
- Human Development and Access to Basic Services
This pillar has demonstrated interesting preliminary results in improving the quality of and access to education of primary and secondary school students. In terms of employment, advances have been made in key indicators of skills development of low-income youth living in the country’s largest urban areas.
The World Bank also contributed to expanding sustainable access to energy in remote areas through the supply of domestic solar-powered systems in 9,000 homes, schools, clinics and microenterprises, benefitting some 45,000 people.
- Support to Public Sector Efficiency
In a new, complex context of autonomous regions, with increased requirements for timely, reliable statistical information for decentralized policymaking, the World Bank has supported the implementation of two national censuses, one of population and housing and the other of agriculture, in addition to improving the Continuous Household Surveys.