Investigations and Reports on Bolivia

Bolivia has been a main focus of the Democracy Center’s various written publications. We have authored media stories as well as more in-depth investigations and reports which focus on the country and its dance with globalization, and more recently with climate change and its impacts.

Climate Change is About…Women

collage_squareIn 2014 two Democracy Center colleagues, Leny Olivera and Carey Averbook, worked together over several months to produce the project ‘Climate Change is About…Women’, documenting the realities of four residents of ‘Maria Auxiliadora’.

“Cambio Climático es…hablar de Mujeres” (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

Seeds of Resilience

filmstrip_seeds_of_resilienceFollowing a Democracy Center research trip to Norte Potosí, Bolivia, this short documentary Seeds of Resilience tells the first in a series of stories about Bolivian climate resilience strategies.

Semillas de Vida (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

Climate Change is About…Water

Global climate change threatens Bolivia’s natural water systems like nothing before. Our microsite,  Climate Change is About…Water. is designed to help in understanding the impact that climate change is having on water systems – and what that means for people.

Cambio Climático es…Hablar de Agua (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)


As a service to long-time readers on Bolivian issues we are offering a compilation of links to articles, multimedia presentations, declarations, and sources of reporting and analysis on the TIPNIS controversy.

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Off the Market

Our August 2011 report on Bolivian forests and struggles over climate change connects the dots between the global debate over forest protection and the complex realities on the ground.

   Fuera del Mercado (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

Bolivia and its Lithium

Can the “Gold of the 21st Century” Help Lift a Nation out of Poverty? Our 2010 report examines what is at stake.

  Bolivia y su Litio (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

The Water Revolt

The Democracy Center’s in-depth reporting on the popular uprising of 2000 known as the “Cochabamba Water Revolt” – and what happened after Bechtel, the company that had privatized the water, was forced to leave.

La Guerra del Agua (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)


The coca leaf has been used in ceremonies, consumed as a medicine, and traded as a valuable commodity by Andean civilizations for over 4,000 years.  But the U.S. ‘war on Coca’ in Bolivia has left a stark trail of human rights abuses. Bolivians have demanded a new approach to the ‘war on drugs’ and the coca issue.

La hoja al centro de la ‘guerra contra las drogas’ (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)


The demand for public control of the nation’s gas and oil resources has been a long-standing one in Bolivia, and has been at the forefront of national politics since 2003. Read the Democracy Center’s analysis of this issue.

Petróleo y gas: la riqueza ilusoria debajo de sus pies (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

‘Febrero Negro’

Deadly Consequences looks behind the events of ‘febrero negro’ in 2003 to tell “the deadly tale of what happens when IMF theory becomes cold reality in a poor country”.

   Lecciones de Sangre y Fuego (VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

Constituent Assembly and the New Bolivian Constitution

The struggles over Bolivia’s new Constitution were a defining moment in the country’s political history. The Democracy Center’s 2007 briefing paper details what the Constituent Assembly and the process of constitutional reform means for Bolivia.

Interpreting Bolivia

Bolivia is in the midst of a historic transformation, one that has thrust it as never before into the global spotlight. This transformation has also caught the attention of U.S. policy makers who are thinking anew about South America’s most impoverished and most indigenous nation.



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