In an environment dominated by informal employment (70%), high levels of extreme poverty which are increasing (it is estimated that it will reach 3.9%  by the end of 2020) and a GDP of $ 3,671 per year, Bolivia faces the challenge of improving its sustainable production and achieving a greater social integration of individuals and families in the economy, the service industry, as well as in the technological and marketing sectors.  
Due to the economic depression and the lack of employment, the access to quality technical training is an essential factor for young people and adults in vulnerable situations if they aspire to enter a quality labour market.  
Taking into account the degradation of the environment and the high vulnerability to climate change, it is necessary to strengthen local capacities and knowledge in relation to Circular Economies and Urban Mobility. 

facts and figures

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

Swisscontact in Bolivia

  • since 1988


Sustainable agriculture
Resilient Patrimony of Andes, Cañahua and Tarwi
Increase recovery capabilities of the agricultural production systems in the highlands of Bolivia and Peru to enhance the cultivation of Cañahua and Tarwi by improving their production, marketing and consumption of super foods that are part of the food heritage of both countries.The Bolivian and Peruvian altiplano ecosystem is more vulnerable to...
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...
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.
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...
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...


Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Digital tools used in skills development projects in Latin America
In Latin America, Swisscontact has been supporting the development of digital solutions in its skills development projects to facilitate access to training and job opportunities. Youth living in poor rural areas of Guatemala are offered vocational guidance through a web portal. Applications developed in Bolivia support young people and technical professionals in finding suitable training or employment opportunities. In Colombia, the training offer that improves construction practices in informal housing was extended by a virtual platform in 2020. 
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Bolivia: Apps to find suitable technical training and professional services
Given the economic situation in many countries in Latin America, it is more important than ever to provide a perspective for young people and create employment opportunities. Through the Professional Technical Training project in Bolivia, Swisscontact has been supporting the development of different digital applications. Swisscontact has done this for example with two apps that aim to help young people and job seekers integrate into the labour market. 
Sustainable agriculture
Securing Food Supply through a Digital Monitoring System
The global pandemic showed the fragility of food supply systems in many countries including Bolivia. Through the Inclusive Markets project, Swisscontact supported the Ministry of Rural Development and Lands with setting up a digital platform to monitor food supply and demand on a municipal level.
Directora de pais 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. 

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.


Swisscontact Bolivia
Jacinto Benavente #2176
entre Federico Aspiazu y Fernando Guachalla
Sopocachi - Casilla 5033

La Paz