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Bolivia WATCH

Bolivia WATCH — or WASH Thinking Connected to Hydrology — works to arm the country’s institutions with the information and capacity to connect two policy-making spheres: safe sanitation and watershed management.

This connection can help Bolivia seize opportunities to ensure sufficient water for investments in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), as well as maximize the contribution of those investments to successful watershed management.

Active project

2018–2022

Overview

Water management poses a critical development challenge in Bolivia, as highlighted by the 2017 water supply crisis in La Paz and by widespread flooding in Cochabamba in 2018. Limited access to safely managed sanitation services is also a major challenge in Bolivia, where only half the population had access to basic sanitation in 2015, and less than 15% of wastewater received any treatment. Bolivia, however, is well positioned to respond positively to these challenges because of the existence of a progressive and proactive Ministry of the Environment and Water (MMAyA for its Spanish initials).

The Bolivia WATCH program – or the WASH Thinking Connected to Hydrology program – supports ongoing efforts by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to both promote innovative Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) solutions and implementation of Bolivia’s National Watershed Plan.

Over three years, SEI will coordinate these two lines of collaboration with MMAyA and work in strong and sustained partnership with other important organizations in Bolivia.

A misty morning in the Bolivian capital La Paz, surrounded by Andean mountains. Photo: Harri Jarvelainen Photography / Getty Images.

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Current contributors

David Purkey

Centre Director

SEI Latin America

Laura Forni

Water Program Director

SEI US

Madeleine Fogde
Madeleine Fogde

Senior Project Manager

SEI Headquarters

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Jack Sieber

Senior Scientist

SEI US

Natalia Ortiz

Communications Officer

Communications

SEI Latin America

Cláudia Coleoni

Research Associate

SEI Latin America

Adriana Soto
Adriana Soto Trujillo

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Carla Liera
Carla Liera

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Nhilce N. Esquivel
Nhilce N. Esquivel

Research Associate

SEI Headquarters

Tania Santos

Research Fellow

SEI Latin America

Gustavo Ayala

Research Associate

SEI Latin America

Camilo Andrés González

Research Assistant

SEI Latin America

Yesica Rodríguez

Research Assistant

SEI Latin America

Cristo Pérez

Research Associate

SEI Latin America

Tatiana Forero

Research Assistant

SEI Latin America

Camilo Martelo

Acting Communications Officer

Communications

SEI Latin America

Former contributors

Karina Barquet
Karina Barquet

Team Leader: Water, Coasts and Ocean; Senior Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Daniel Ddiba
Daniel Ddiba

Research Fellow

SEI Headquarters

Doug Chalmers

Scientist

SEI US

Laura Del Duca
Laura Del Duca

Policy Fellow

SEI Headquarters

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