Country Programmes

Strengthening the capacity to use evidence based data to develop inclusive policies in Bolivia

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
27 Oct 201420 Dec 2020
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 519,933
Thematic focus: Access to Health, Access to Information and ICTs, Awareness Raising, Disability Policy and/or Law, Inclusive education, OPDs capacity building, Statistics and Data Collection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • WHO

Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Education

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Bolivian Institute of Blindness (IBC)
  • Bolivian Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (COBOPDI)
  • National Federation of the Blind of Bolivia (FENACIEBO)
  • National Federation of the Deaf (FEBOS)

The Programme

There is currently insufficient data in national statistical systems in Bolivia to able to get a full picture of the current situation regarding prevalence of disabilities. Without such data available, the possibilities of the government to design and implement policies that are inclusive are impeded. The possibility for people with disabilities to demand their rights to services is also undermined.  To address the need for reliable data for policy development, the proposed programme builds on a two-tier approach. First, it aims to increase the quality of disability data in Bolivia so that evidence based policy measures may be implemented.  Second, the programme will address the capability of using this data in developing inclusive policies and measures.


The programme supported the ministries of Health, Education and Justice to strengthening the three key national data bases on disability so that they fulfill international norms and standards.

 The programme provided direct support to The National Council for People with Disabilities (CONALPEDIS) that has the national responsibility to develop measures, guarantee the implementation of different protocols and to monitor its implementation in an inclusive way. This support was focused on the ability of CONALPEDIS to fulfill its mandate.

By developing the quality and coherence of data in the areas of health, education and as well as the national coordination mechanism for policy making, the programme addressed CRPD articles 13, 24, 31 and 33. This allowed Bolivia to better comply with the CRPD, as well as with key national legislation.

Programme Documents