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Bolivia 1Insecurity of land tenure is one of the main barriers for reducing inequality. This barrier must be resolved in order to move towards more equitable development and promote better living conditions for women-headed households and vulnerable families.

The initiative
Habitat for Humanity Bolivia launched the project “Improving Access to urban land and property rights for women and excluded families in Bolivia” for a period of five years.

The goal of the project is to improve access to urban land and guarantee secure tenure through the strengthening of civil societies, the empowerment of 300 female heads of household, and the development of political advocacy processes that will transform the legal framework on a departmental level, with national affects, ensuring secure tenure for at least three thousand women heads of households and marginalized families in the District 9 settlement of Cochabamba city.

The project is being implemented in collaboration with strategic, national partners including: local citizenship, Grupo Nacional de Trabajo Participativo, Gregoria Apaza, Fundación Pro Hábitat and the María Auxiliadora Community. It is managed in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and the regional office of Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean.

There are five main results for the first year of the project:

  • Implement a women’s leadership school in the subject of secure land tenure.
  • Create a participatory outcomes mapping process with a focus on gender.
  • Conduct two technical investigations; legal and urban.
  • Mobilize 150 volunteers in the process.
  • Facilitate an internal forum.

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In addition to grassroots actors in District 9, participation in the official project launch (June 2010) included Departmental Assembly authorities; Torre Nelson, Vice-president of the Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean office; Elizabeth Blake, Vice-president for Habitat for Humanity International Government Relations and Advocacy; Ian Pearce, the chief executive officer of the Habitat for Humanity UK program; Rodrigo Vargas, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Manager; Maria Liusa Zanelli, Advocacy Manager for Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean; Professors of Duke University and Claire Demaret of the British Embassy.

Expected changes
Transform the legal framework for secure land tenure at a departmental and national level, removing barriers to secure land tenure for some three thousand families.

Alejandra Dominguez
Project manager

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