Social issues

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...

Bajo Nuestra Piel

26 Mar, 2018 | Caroline Risacher

A film festival pushes boundaries in BoliviaOn 22 February 2018, the third edition of the international human-rights film festival Bajo Nuestra Piel visited Tarija, in southern Bolivia. Having premier...

Protest Culture

23 Feb, 2018 | Caroline Risacher

Photos: Carlos Sánchez NavasSocial Change Is Noisy and Inconvenient – But the People Will Be HeardBack in 1981, a New York Times headline declared that ‘For Bolivia, Chaos Rules.’ This referred to the...

Climate Change Refugees

23 Feb, 2018 | Georgina Bolam

The plight of the Urus on the drying Lake PoopóLake Poopó, once the second largest fishing paradise in Bolivia, has become nothing but an expanse of dry and salty land. The water waned, 30 million fis...

The Pride of Aiquile

22 Dec, 2017 | David Fegan

Photo: Ana DiazThe Aiquile International Charango Festival celebrates the cultural heritage of a musical companion present through hardships and happiness.Buena onda is a good way to describe the peop...

Partido Obrero Revolucionario

22 Nov, 2017 | Charles Bladon

Photo: Adriana MurilloThe old guard of Bolivian TrotskyismSince 1825, there have been 88 governments in Bolivia, with an average of 2.2 years per government. Chronic political instability has become s...

A culture of Silence

22 Nov, 2017 | Fruzsina Gál

Abortion and a novel conversationOn 30 September 2017, the Bolivian Chamber of Deputies approved a revised version of the nation’s penal code that could make abortion laws more flexible in the country...

Xavier Iturralde

29 Oct, 2017 | Caroline Risacher

Photo: Xavier IturraldeMan of ChangeI am meeting with Xavier Iturralde, founder of the Spazio Wellness and Lounge gymnasiums. The first thing he tells me is: ‘I am paceño. I love my city.’ His love an...

The Growing Pains of a Modernising City

29 Oct, 2017 | Charles Bladon

Photos: Adriana MurilloPreserving the Buildings of an Aging La PazTucked away around the corner of Plaza Murillo, a mere stone’s throw away from the Legislative Assembly, a structure that bears famili...

The Post Office Crisis

21 Sep, 2017 | Fabián Zapata

Photos: Fabián ZapataAs electronic communications become the norm, an old institution gathers dustOne of the most important buildings in the city of La Paz is the central post office: a daunting 20-st...

Can Utopias Last?

21 Sep, 2017 | Catriona Fraser

Photos: Catriona FraserA glance at the María Auxiliadora community in CochabambaThe history of Bolivia is rife with violence and disruption. Even the name of its presidential palace, el Palacio Quemad...

Revisiting the TIPNIS debate

21 Sep, 2017 | Catriona Fraser and Caroline Risacher

Photo: Bx CrewA game-changing law that endangers the parkBack in 2011, we printed a special edition themed around the TIPNIS, which stands for the Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory...

The Nikkei of Bolivia

21 Sep, 2017 | Nick Ferris

Photo: Nick FerrisSeeking utopia halfway across the worldDeep in the breadbasket country of eastern Bolivia, around the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, exists something rather remarkable. In the cent...

La Paz Aims to Be a Super Host

24 Aug, 2017 | Michael Protheroe

Photo: Iván RodriguezThe changing face of tourism in La PazIn 2014, after a successful Internet campaign, La Paz was included on the New7Wonders Cities list. As a result of this, the municipal agency...