Denmark has had long-standing development cooperation in Latin America with a focus on rural development, environment and access to justice/human rights.
Since 2010 Denmark has concentrated Danish development assistance on the world’s poorest countries; leading to the phasing out of the bilateral development cooperation in Latin America. The Danish engagement regarding human rights and environment in Central America is closing in the beginning of-2017, and the Country Programme in Bolivia will be closed by end-2018.
In Latin America, Denmark has supported the efforts of the various countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala) to combat inequality and poverty contributing to the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Denmark has actively worked to improve the living conditions of the poorest section of the population - including women, children and Indigenous Peoples.
Examples of results of Danish development cooperation in Bolivia:
• Co-financing of small rural development projects (technical support and machinery) resulting in an annual income increase between 280-400% benefitting more than 23.000 rural families - including more than 8.350 women.
• Support to green and innovative solutions within the private sector resulting in development of cleaner and more efficient technologies within 17 industrial sectors – e.g. through reduction of waste, quality improvements, water and energy consumption within the large quinoa production.
• Preparation and implementation of legal reforms and organizational laws within the new constitution as well as introduction of new technologies/IT-systems and competitive procedures of personnel recruitment within the judicial sector - all in cooperation with the Netherlands, Sweden, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
• Procurement of mobile brigades issuing identity cards by satellite in remote areas contributing to a significant decrease of individuals without personal identification (from 20% to 8% of the Bolivian population) – more than 1,5 million new identity cards have been issued, of which 80% were issued for adolescents and children under the age of five.
• Construction and operationalisation of a new solar power plant (5 MW) in the Northern Amazon-province of Bolivia, facilitating annual reductions of diesel imports by 1.9 million litres (USD 1,8 mil.) and cutting carbon emissions by 5000 tonnes a year.
• Facilitation of Indigenous Peoples’ territorial property in Bolivia covering more than 16,800,000 hectares titled as Indigenous Community Territories (4 times the Danish Territory).
• Support to the organisation of Indigenous Peoples contributing significantly to the politicization process of the ethnic question and to the changes which has taken place at the political level in Bolivia.
• Attainment of 97% net enrolment rate in Primary Education complying with the Millennium Development Goals.
• Attainment of gender equality (girls and boys) in school enrolment and attendance.
• Support to the elaboration of a new national curriculum that includes Indigenous Peoples’ languages and knowledges, ensuring Indigenous Peoples’ rights in education.
• Facilitation of 23 business partnerships between Danish and Bolivian companies - ten of these partnerships have established joint ventures and operate within the following sectors: biotechnology, agriculture, information technology, tourism, food industry, graphic design and clothing.
Examples of results of Danish development cooperation in Central America:
• Elaboration of a geographic map on Indigenous Peoples, protected areas and natural ecosystems in Central America.
• Conservation of protected areas and improved Indigenous Peoples' rights and livelihoods through co-management schemes and through increased income generation on basis of sustainable agriculture and eco-business initiatives.
• Support to preventive measures, legal procedures and sanctions against states which violate the rights of individuals or vulnerable groups such as children, women and Indigenous Peoples – e.g. presentation of legal cases on therapeutic abortion to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
Visit the webpage of the Danish embassy in La Paz here.
Read the annual report from 2015 on Denmarks work in Bolivia here.