Category Archives: Development

Nuevo documental: “Hoja por Hoja: el control social de la coca en Bolivia”

“Hoja por Hoja: el control social de la coca en Bolivia” sigue la transición en el Tropico de Cochabamba (Chapare) del violento e ineficiente erradicación forzosa de la coca y el desarrollo
alternativo  condicionado a éste hasta el control social y el desarrollo integral. A través de entrevistas con cultivadores de coca, líderes sindicales y expertos en políticas de coca, “Hoja por Hoja” explora cómo el control social de la coca ha reducido el conflicto y la pobreza,  aumentado la diversificación económica, mejorado la infraestructura y acceso a servicios básicos, respetado los derechos humanos e incluso  reducido el cultivo de coca en Bolivia. Esta estrategia única e  innovadora ha cambiado las indicadores de éxito de la erradicación forzosa y detenciones por el del bienestar de las comunidades locales.

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Incremento en recipientes de agua por cañeria de red en el Chapare

Entre 2001 y 2010 en el Tropico de Cochabamba  (Chapare) la población que recibe agua por cañeria de red aumentó por casi  40%, superando el progreso nacional, lo cual refleja como el desarrollo integral con coca ha contribuido al mejoramiento de la infraestructura de saneamiento.

Parte 3: Agua potable y Saneamiento



Drinking Water Source, Chapare region vs. Bolivia as a whole

The Chapare region has experienced rapid growth in the population with access to drinking water through a pipe system, significantly outpacing national progress in this area, reflecting the transformative effects of community coca control and integrative development in improving health and sanitation needs.

Part 3: Clean Water and Sanitation

#SDG6 #DrinkingWater #PostUNGASS


AIN Presents Video at CND Intersessional Meeting

Today, AIN presented a video message at the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) Intersessional Civil Society Meeting: Alternative development; regional, interregional and international cooperation on development-oriented balanced drug control policy; addressing socio-economic issues.

Watch the video here:

Here is the full transcript of the video message:

Hello, I am Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network. I am here to talk about our efforts to implement Outcome Number 7 of the UNGASS Outcome Document.

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UNODC Official Coca Statistics July 2016

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its 2015 Coca Crop Monitoring Survey for Bolivia, showing a one percent reduction in overall cultivation. There was also an increase in the price of dried coca leaf , as well as cocaine seizures. AIN’s translation of the summary of the report is here: link: UNODC BOLIVIA Coca monitoring results-July 2016

Analysis from WOLA and AIN coming tomorrow. Survey (Spanish) The UNODC Press Release in English:

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Citizenship or Repression? Coca, Eradication and Development in the Andes – Bolivia

Authors: Thomas Grisaffi and Kathryn Ledebur. (2016)

Abstract: For over two decades the US has funded repressive forced coca eradication in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to reduce the illegal cocaine trade. These policies have never met their stated goals and have generated violence and poverty. In 2006 Bolivia definitively broke with the US anti-narcotics model, replacing the militarized eradication of coca crops with a community-based coca control strategy. The program substantially reduced the coca crop while simultaneously respecting human rights and allowing farmers to diversify their livelihoods. This article outlines the elements of the Bolivian initiative that ensure its continued successful functioning.It
explores to what extent this model can be translated to other  Andean contexts. To read this paper please click here: Stability Journal- Citizenship or Repression

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Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates.

President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and the opposition across the political spectrum lacks a strong, unifying candidate.  Four candidates have formally registered to run against Morales.

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