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October 2019


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Contacts for Bolivia

Foundation Representative

Jeremy Coon

Program Assistant

Kaitlin Stastny

Local Liaison

Rita Murillo

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Projects in Bolivia

ordered by most recently awarded



Asociación de Artesanos del Campo (Artecampo) is a grassroots women’s association that will strengthen its administrative, management, marketing and production capacity in order to become more self-sufficient through sales of its art and artisan crafts.

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Fundación RENACE - Red Nacional de Acción Ecológica (RENACE) works with women-led community enterprises in the Alto Beni region to improve production and marketing of local products and services in order to generate employment, increase incomes and strengthen community resilience.

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Asociación de Mujeres Unidas Para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ASMUDES) promotes sustainable farming practices, works to improve marketing for fruit and organic products, and provides technical assistance in leadership to encourage civic participation by women and young people.

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Fundación Taller de Iniciativas en Estudios Rurales y Reforma Agraria (TIERRA) supports community engagement with municipal authorities in promoting public policies and programs based on residents’ priorities, including sustainable local economic development and land use.

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Instituto de Formación Femenina Integral (IFFI) provides technical assistance to the organization Plataforma de Mujeres por la Ciudadanía y la Equidad (PMCE) to develop its members’ skills in leadership, organization and civic engagement.

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Centro de Investigaciones de Energia y Población (CIEP) works to expand the tourism circuit and enables rural artisans, farmers, students and other residents to work as guides and to offer food, crafts and services to increase their income.

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Fundacion Centro Arakuaarenda (Arakuaarenda) creates local and regional organizations that reinforce community identity, encourage young people to articulate their needs, and promote proposals for inclusion in their communities.

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Protección del Medio Ambiente Tarija (PROMETA) provides technical assistance to camelid herders to improve the sustainable production and marketing of their livestock and to develop skills in natural resource management and forage crop production.

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Asociación de Mujeres Aymaras Lecheras de Irpa Chico (AMALIC) works to improve the quality and quantity of its members milk production and develop a diverse array of dairy products for local and regional markets.

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Frequently asked questions

Who governs the IAF?2018-08-17T13:44:23-04:00

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is governed by a nine-person board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Six members of the board are drawn from the private sector and three from the federal government. The board appoints a president who serves as the IAF’s chief executive officer.

How is the IAF funded?2018-08-17T13:44:22-04:00

Congress annually appropriates funds for use by the IAF pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969, as amended. The IAF’s other primary funding source is the Social Progress Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank and consisting of repayments of loans originally made by the U.S. government under the Alliance for Progress to various Latin American and Caribbean governments. The IAF accepts donations for projects in the region.

How is the IAF different?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • A value-driven mandate allows the IAF to support programs that promote entrepreneurship, self-reliance and democratic principles as well as economic progress for the poor.
  • Responsiveness to the ideas of organized people drives IAF’s work.
  • A focus on innovation and experimentation makes the IAF a pioneer in the development assistance community.
  • A bipartisan public-private governing structure assures the IAF benefits from entrepreneurial experience and works toward the long-term national interest.
  • A lean operating structure keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes program returns.
What is grassroots development?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00

The IAF uses the term “grassroots development” to describe the process by which disadvantaged people organize themselves to improve the social, cultural and economic well-being of their families, communities and societies. This concept is based on the premise that the key to sustainable democracies, equitable societies and prosperous economies is a people-oriented strategy that stresses participation, organizational development and networking.

What are IAF’s guiding principles?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • Support people, organizations and processes.
  • Channel funds directly to nongovernmental organizations.
  • Promote entrepreneurship, innovation and self-reliance.
  • Strengthen democratic principles.
  • Empower poor people to take the initiative in solving their problems.
  • Treat partners with respect and dignity.
What has the IAF done?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

The IAF has been a leader in helping grassroots initiatives gain recognition as a critical factor in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1972, the IAF has awarded more than 5,200 grants totaling about $730 million to support more than 4,000 organizations. Many grants went to grassroots organizations such as agricultural cooperatives or small urban enterprises; others were awarded to larger intermediary organizations that provided community groups with credit, technical assistance, training and marketing assistance. The largest portion of IAF funding has been invested in enterprise development, followed by food production and agriculture, education, training, and eco-development. Together the IAF and its grantees have tested cost-effective, participatory models for social and economic development. These models have been replicated and expanded by government and larger donor agencies improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of poor families throughout the hemisphere.

What are the results of IAF funding?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

Grassroots development works. It not only engages poor people in improving their conditions but also fosters responsible citizenship. To gauge the impact of its investment, the IAF systematically tracks the results of its projects by using a conceptual grassroots development framework. This measures tangible results of projects and assesses the civic capacity of individuals, organizations and communities

How can the IAF do so much with so little?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00
  • It knows how to select its partners. The IAF supports grassroots groups with a track record in participatory self-help activities, who are willing to invest and risk their own resources.
  • It responds to local initiatives. The IAF does not design or impose projects; instead, it builds upon the ideas and commitment of local people.
  • It encourages processes that are sustainable, either with revenue generated by grantees or with resources leveraged from private and public sectors.
  • It supports innovative approaches that are replicable, allowing the IAF to increase the impact of activities through a multiplier effect.