Social issues

Bolivian Tradition, Drug Crisis

29 Aug, 2018 | Leigh Anderson

Image: Alexandra MeleánThe Duality of the Andean Coca LeafA stealthy trip into the jungle. An underground deal. Secret messengers. The transformation of a harmless substance to a deadly one. Border cr...

Bolivia – A Modern-Day El Dorado

29 Aug, 2018 | Robyn Kate Pollard

Photo : Wikimedia.orgBut the country’s mineral riches come with a price – societal, environmental and economicGold prices have risen steadily since 2000, increasing nearly fourfold and changing t...

Proyecto Rositas

27 Aug, 2018 | Leigh Anderson

Balancing development with the environment and indigenous rights in BoliviaProyecto Rositas, the plan for a 600 megawatt hydroelectric plant in the Bolivian jungle, is stirring up controversy among a...

Shifting focus

27 Aug, 2018 | Rafaela Alford

Photo Courtesy of Carolina DelgadoAppreciating the possibilities of the Jungle with Carolina DelgadoCarolina Delgado is a Bolivian anthropologist who has explored the cultures of indigenous communitie...

Voices From a University Protest

23 Jul, 2018 | Rafaela Alford

Photos: Poppy KoronkaContradictory narratives between media, State and peopleThe sounds of shouts, horns and flares accompanying bustling crowds, road blocks and picket signs often greet daily commute...

Pure Pride

23 Jul, 2018 | Bridget Tahourdin

Photos: William WroblewskiLa Paz’s LGBT+ Community CelebratesLast month saw Pride marches across the globe celebrating the LGBT+ community. For some people, Pride is more than just that – it’s a celeb...

Beso de Chola

23 Jul, 2018 | Milo Clenshaw

Photos: Antonio Suárez and Alejandra SanchezThe art of empowerment: feminism, sexuality and the indigenous imageSince its conception in 2016, Beso de Chola, a performance piece and accompanying photo...

‘Luchas para la transición’

23 Jul, 2018 | Jack Francklin

Photo: Jack Francklin The fight between society and technologyLuchas para la transición, a book written by Jorge Viaña Uzedia last year, provides a fascinating insight into socialism in Bolivia. The b...

Growing Up In Prison

23 Jul, 2018 | Robyn Kate Pollard

Photo: Marion JoubertThe lives of children in Bolivian jailsRather than metal cell blocks meticulously controlled by guards armed with ammunition and authority, many Bolivian prisons could be describe...

Beyond the Numbers

23 Jul, 2018 | Leigh Anderson

Photo: Courtesy of Coordinadora de La MujerChallenges Bolivian women face in spite of equal representation in parliamentWith women holding 53.1% of the seats in parliament as of 2017, Bolivia ranks se...

Project Kallpa

21 Jun, 2018 | Marion Joubert

Photos: Marion JoubertThe road to strength is paved with artWho are these young girls, sitting quietly around a table and drawing animals that represent them? Who are these teenagers or mothers who es...

A New German Partner for Bolivia

21 Jun, 2018 | Adrianna Michell

Photo: Iván RodriguezThe ongoing quest for a lithium-fueled futureGerman company ACI-Systems GmbH has invested in Bolivia’s lithium processing industry with hopes to cash in on the electric car boom....

The Death of the Post Office

23 May, 2018 | Caroline Risacher

Photo: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicIf you’ve tried to send postcards, letters or packages from Bolivia in the past couple of months, you may have encountered some difficulties – and this for a tragic...

Jumataki and the Working Women of La Paz

26 Mar, 2018 | Dikshali Shah

Illustration: JumatakiAn entrepreneurial cooperative supports small-business womenThe mañaneras set their cloth and artisan goods up on calle Illampu by 6.30am in the early morning, sell throughout th...

Dismantling Bureaucracy in Bolivia

26 Mar, 2018 | Gabriel Deasy

Photo: Iván RodriguezAGETIC: The Electronic GovernmentThe process of dismantling bureaucracy is often no less futile than erasing a sentence with a highlighter. Sometimes, in the name of debureaucrati...