AIN on WOLA podcast: “BUILDING ON PROGRESS” – Bolivia’s Unheralded Drug Policy Success

AIN Executive Director Kathryn Ledebur recently joined Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America on the ‘Latin America Today’ podcast to discuss Bolivia’s success in decreasing coca cultivation. You can listen to the podcast here. Coletta Youngers and Kathryn Ledebur’s report discussed in the podcast is available here to read as a pdf; Building on Progress. It covers […]

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UNODC Official Coca Statistics Show Decline In Cultivation for Fourth Year Running

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime today released their latest figures for coca cultivation in Bolivia, showing a reduction in overall cultivation. The figures also reveal that the price of dried coca leaf has gone up, as have confiscations of cocaine. Our translation of the UNODC report follows. It can be viewed as a pdf here: UNODC BOLIVIA […]

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Cultivos de coca en Bolivia siguen bajando según ONUDD: comunicado de prensa

INNOVADORAS POLÍTICAS BOLIVIANAS DE CONTROL DE COCA LOGRAN IMPORTANTE REDUCCIÓN EN EL CULTIVO Experiencia boliviana contiene lecciones para países andinos, ofrece alternativa a la erradicación forzosa 17 ago 2015 Washington, D.C. y Cochabamba, Bolivia — Por cuarto año consecutivo, Bolivia ha experimentado una reducción en el cultivo de hoja de coca, según estadísticas dadas a conocer hoy por la Oficina […]

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Coca Cultivation in Bolivia Continues To Drop: WOLA/AIN Joint Press release

  BOLIVIA’S INNOVATIVE COCA POLICY SECURES MAJOR DROP IN CULTIVATION Bolivian Experience Holds Lessons for Andean Countries, Offers Alternative to Forced Eradication 17 Aug 2015 Washington, D.C. and Cochabamba, Bolivia—Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). An analysis of this data […]

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‘Bolivia’s Smarter Approach’ – Open Society Foundations’ Diego Garcia-Devis comments on ‘Habeas Coca’

Diego Garcia-Devis’ comments on Linda Farthing and Kathryn Ledebur’s recent article ‘Habeas Coca‘ are republished here under a Creative Commons license authorising non-commercial reproduction. The original can be found here.   Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production Forced crop eradication using harmful pesticides and without viable livelihood alternatives has put the health and economies of local communities at risk and […]

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Pope’s Visit to Bolivia Underscores Need for Drug Reform

Reproduced from Washington Office on Latin America, originally published July 8 2015.   By Kathryn Ledebur and Coletta A. Youngers In a long-anticipated trip, Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia today, almost 30 years after the last papal visit. Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and the Argentine pontiff developed a good rapport during the president’s meeting at the Vatican in October 2014. […]

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‘Habeas Coca'; Bolivia’s Community Control

AIN founder Linda Farthing and director Kathryn Ledebur recently published a report for the Open Society Foundation Global Drug Policy Program covering Bolivia’s successful model of community control over coca cultivation. A few introductory remarks from the Open Society Foundation are reproduced below; you can read the entire memo in pdf form by following this link: Bolivia Report-Habeas Coca-US-07-06-2015-corr1 (1) (1) “With […]

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LA Times Misfires in Attempt to Shoot Down Bolivian Drug Control Efforts

AIN comments on “Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke -smuggling planes” in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. On April 26th, the Los Angeles Times published an article criticizing Bolivia’s role as an ‘air bridge’ facilitating the passage of cocaine between producers in Peru and consumers in Brazil and beyond. The article included extended commentary from Peruvian and Chilean sources and a […]

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Latin America Advisor Q&A: What Should Bolivians Expect From a Third Morales Term?

Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin American Advisor.  For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website. Featured Q & A: Bolivian President Evo Morales won re-election on Sunday, Oct. 12 with an estimated 60 percent of the vote. What can investors expect from another Morales administration? What do Sunday’s legislative election results suggest about Morales’ governing strength […]

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