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Woman Pulling BranchesCARE and Bolivia

CARE returned to Bolivia after a 16 year hiatus in 1976, building rural water systems. Over the years, CARE expanded its activities to include primary health care and agriculture and natural resources. Currently, CARE's portfolio in Bolivia includes projects in primary health care, urban and rural water and sanitation, reproductive health, agriculture and natural resources management, rural credit, girls' education and municipal strengthening. CARE Bolivia implements a project portfolio of about US$8 million each year.

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In its long-range strategic plan (LRSP) CARE identified seven key problems which will be addressed by CARE projects. These are:
  • low income of small farmers
  • destruction of forests and environment of indigenous populations
  • low income in urban areas
  • marginalization of women
  • lack of rural water and sanitation services
  • low life expectancy (high infant, maternal and general mortality rates)
  • poor regional and micro-regional planning
CARE Bolivia's current and future projects tackle aspects of all seven of these problem areas. CARE mainly operates at a community level but also carries out activities to strengthen public and municipal institutions. Many of the social initiatives emphasized by the Sánchez de Lozada administration have lent themselves to the development of innovative programming. During the several years, CARE has worked closely with the government, municipalities and NGOs on popular participation, reproductive health, rural credit and environmental protection.

CARE USA is part of an international network of 10 CAREs, located in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, the UK and the USA. Each CARE supports the implementation of relief and development programs throughout the developing world.

CARE is the world's largest private relief and development agency. In FY98, CARE USA spent $339 million throughout 51 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean benefiting more than 35 million people.

Unlike major multi-lateral agencies, including the World Bank, CARE projects are not funded by offering loans to country governments. As such, CARE offers a less burdensome form of foreign assistance; a hand-up

1 References to CARE contained in this document refer to CARE USA unless otherwise stated.

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