Bolivia faces the challenge of improving its sustainable production and motivating a greater social integration of individuals and families in the economy and in the service, marketing and technology markets. To contribute to the sustainable and inclusive growth of the country, we focus our work on improving the competitiveness of rural areas by applying a market systems development approach. The access to quality technical training for young people and adults in vulnerable situations, is a necessary condition for them to enter the labor market. As a third approach, Swisscontact also strengthens local capacities and knowledge in relation to the Circular Economy and Urban Mobility within the framework of Green Cities. add text 

facts and figures

  • Area: 1,099,000 km²
  • Population: 11.5 millon
  • Capital: Sucre

Swisscontact in Bolivia

  • since 1988


2019 - 2024
Green cities
Markets for Recycling: Waste Management in the Transportation Sector
Population growth coupled with increasing consumerism are factors that have negative impacts on the environment, such as the increased generation of non-recycled solid waste and the growing contamination of bodies of water, soil and air. A linear economy, based on exploiting, making and discarding, wastes natural resources and generates great...
Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.
2017 - 2025
Sustainable agriculture
Inclusive Markets in Bolivia
The main objective of the program is "to improve the living conditions of the target population by helping them reduce their poverty situation". The purpose is "to increase the opportunities, capacities and income of the target population".The Inclusive Markets project is implemented in Bolivia with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and...
2018 - 2022
Initial vocational education and training
Professional technical training Bolivia
The focus of the project places special emphasis on job integration for young people between ages 15 and 24 in the labor market, by focusing on skills development through professional technical training in Technical Technological Institutes and Alternative Education Centers, within the framework of the current public education policy.Only 73% of...
2020 - 2022
Green cities
Zero Waste Project
The Project seeks to reduce the final disposal of solid waste in sanitary landfills, promoting small, medium and large entrepreneurs to recycle various materials, and use organic waste to produce compost, in order to migrate to a more efficient and environment-friendly circular economy.Bolivia is an urban country. Of its 11.3 million inhabitants,...


Initial vocational education and training
Accessories made from vegetable leather – for the sake of the planet
A delicate scent of fruit emanates from her – her earrings – but also from her wallet. Gaby Yovanovic carries her money wrapped in strawberries, her cell phone is wrapped in plums, and other items in her bag are made of papayas and kiwis.
Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua
Continuing Vocational Education and Training, Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Skills Development in Latin America
Through lifelong learning, based on a high-quality education and training system, it is possible to access the world of work, mitigating youth unemployment and contributing to stability in fragile contexts such as in Latin America. Watch the video to learn more.
Green cities
The first hospital in La Paz that manages organic waste
On 24th August, the Hospital de Clínicas de La Paz received two compost bins containing micro-organisms that speed up the composting process. The biofertilised soil produced by the composters will be used for the hospital's gardens.
Country Director Swisscontact in Bolivia
Sara Pauli

Swisscontact in Bolivia

Swisscontact started working in Bolivia in 1988. Since then, it has implemented various programs and projects that promote inclusive development – economic, social and environmental – offering economically and socially disadvantaged people the opportunity to improve their lives using their own initiative.

Our work focuses on rural development projects, professional technical training, environment and climate change mitigation, which are concentrated in four main areas: Vocational Education and Skills Development, Insertion in the Labour Market, Sustainable Agriculture, Commerce and Green Cities. 

Through our systemic approach and our role as facilitators, we work with a wide network of local stakeholders both in the public and private sector as well as with the academic sector. 

In 2021, Swisscontact Latin America continued to strengthen synergies with the private and public sectors with the aim of achieving more equal, inclusive and resilient societies that are able to meet the challenges and difficulties facing the region.
MIGIP closing event
After 8 years of supporting sustainable tourism in Southern Laos, Swisscontact held a projectclosing event on December 23, 2020 in Pakse city, Champasak Province, with the ChampasakProvince Department of Information, Culture, and Tourism. The event was chaired by the ProvincialVice-Governor Mr. Malaythong Kommasith and Swisscontact Country Director, RichardRose. Over 45 stakeholders from the local and national government and members of the businesscommunity were in attendance to celebrate the achievements across the southern provincesover the years.
Jobs Bolivia
2010 - 2017
Green cities
The Journey and Key Achievements of Aire Limpio
The Aire Limpio (Clean Air) Project contributed to the protection of Bolivia’s population, as well as the environment against the effects of air pollution. The results: CO2 emissions have decreased by 370,000 tonnes, and 12 Bolivian cities have designed sustainable mobility plans and are currently implementing them. Aside from this, a national air quality measurement network has been installed. The Aire Limpio project was an SDC project and implemented by Swisscontact from 2003 until 2017.

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