Improving access to electricity
Developing renewable energies
Scaling up access to drinking water and sanitation
Supporting local initiatives
Bolivia is a landlocked country with 11 million inhabitants and one of the poorest in Latin America: over a third of Bolivia’s population still lives below the poverty line. But Bolivia also has the highest economic growth on the continent, thanks to mining and energy resources.
The country is also one of the most adversely affected by climate hazards. For example, in 2016, Bolivia faced the worst drought for the past 25 years: a state of emergency was declared.
There are also other challenges on top of the fight against climate change. Inhabitants, especially in rural areas, suffer from the poor quality of services for access to drinking water and sanitation. Another emergency is the need to diversify and secure national power generation.
To address these challenges, the Bolivian authorities wanted AFD to focus its activity on the energy sectors, especially renewable energies, and water/sanitation. These priorities are in line with the country’s aim of ensuring universal access to electricity and water by 2025 and taking effective action against climate change.
AFD has been a partner of Bolivia since 2015. It implements loans to the State and technical assistance programs for actors in the energy and water sectors.
AFD's Bolivia office is directly attached to the Andes regional office in Bogotá.