Bolivia’s natural resources include natural gas, petroleum, tin, zinc, silver, lead, gold and iron. Bolivia is the world’s fourth largest tin producer and 11th in production of silver. From 2003 – 2008 ,Bolivia’s minerals went from making up 23% to 28% of total exports, while hydrocarbon goods went from 30% to 50%.
Sources: RWI, US Department of State
Bolivian PWYP partner Centro de Estudio y Apoyo al Desarrollo Local (CEADL) launched the Bolivian Observatory on Natural Resources in 2009. The Observatory facilitates information sharing, as well as organizational capacity-building initiatives and participation in the management and control of national oil and gas policies.
It reaches out to national CSOs via different workshops, with the further aim of trying to familiarize them with EITI implementation – especially as the government has now started to show interest in this.
As part of this outreach work, CEADL, in partnership with the Norwegian and Bolivian chapters of Transparency International, recently held a series of conferences in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, in an attempt to foster understanding of the transparency campaign methodology and mechanisms that can be used in the fight against corruption. While reaching out to new potential partner organisations, the conference participants also deepened their knowledge of international conventions and national legislation, such as the law to fight corruption recently promulgated as a result of continued efforts made by CSOs such as CEADL and Fundación Tierra.
Furthermore, sharing experiences and reflections on the monitoring role played by civil society, participants in the conferences raised important issues, including the critical need to strengthen local CSO capacity to control locally elected state representatives, help communities to oversee local budgets and promote basic civic education, to engage more effectively in the development of public policies.
The development of “mini-media”, such as small bulletins would certainly help to raise awareness as they would disseminate more broadly events related to corruption.