The Andean Information Network was founded in 1992 by a group of foreigners living in Bolivia concerned about the negative impacts of the U.S.-sponsored War on Drugs. This group met multiple times with the U.S. ambassador, organized educational trips to the Chapare coca-growing region, and conducted a study of drug war human rights violations, which led to a Human Rights Watch investigation. The organization subsequently evolved to hiring a coordinator, greater Bolivian involvement, and long-term volunteers. In 1995, AIN acquired U.S. non-profit status and a U.S.-based board of directors, now consisting of six members.
AIN Mission Statement:
The Andean Information Network promotes human rights and socioeconomic justice in Bolivia and more humane and effective illicit drug control policies. AIN provides information and analysis to NGO colleagues, the media and international policymakers on developments in Bolivia and the impact of U.S. government and European policies. Working closely with civil society organizations in Latin America and in the United States, AIN promotes policy dialogue and the development of pragmatic alternatives that address the underlying economic, social, political and cultural needs of Bolivia.