Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
Helvetas has worked in Bolivia for over 30 years in the departments of La Paz, Oruro, Potosí, Chuquisaca, Tarija, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando. Helvetas’ work is focused on sustainable water management (especially in the context of climate variability), environmental management, integrated urban development, collaborating with governments to strengthen capacities, and risk management for the inclusive development of cities within the framework of adaptation to climate change and resilience.
Water For People is implementing the Everyone Forever model in 7 municipalities in the Cochabamba department. At the invitation of the government, they are also acting as technical advisors to scale the model in the departments of Tarija, Oruro, and across Cochabamba in 10 additional districts.
Systems strengthening activities
In close collaboration with the Bolivian Environment and Water Resources Ministry, Helvetas is supporting municipal authorities in their efforts to ensure efficient and sustainable wastewater treatment and solid waste management services in 11 small and medium-sized municipalities, including the country’s capital, Sucre. Likewise, it is supporting the development of public policy for integrated water management with a participatory approach through the National Watershed Plan.
Water For People and the Instituto de Capacitación para el Desarrollo (INCADE), a Bolivian development organization, began working on water supply projects in the district of San Pedro in the Department of Santa Cruz in 2006. In 2008, the municipality established a framework for an entity to manage all WASH work, and by 2011, the municipal WASH office was fully functional and funded from the municipal budget. In 2012, Water For People began implementing the Everyone Forever model, and by 2018, the municipal WASH office was positioned to fully manage, maintain, and monitor access to comprehensive WASH services throughout San Pedro. Today, Water For People is preparing to exit San Pedro, having established a high level of sustainability in the entire service delivery system.
Water For People Bolivia is a permanent member of the WASH Bolivia Sectorial Table. In alliance with other international cooperation institutions, it contributes to strengthening the governance of the sector exercised by the Ministry of Environment and Water (MAyA) with the purpose of advancing the application of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (DHAS) and compliance with Sustainable Development Goal 6 indicators. As a member, they have shared their experiences and tools to be considered as the basis for the issuance of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation Policy (DHAS) and the National Rural Water and Sanitation Strategy (ENRAS). The preparation of the National Sectoral Policy to institutionalize the municipal sectoral body is currently in the final phase.
Entities of the Central Government
National government, Ministry of Environment and Water (MAyA)
Departmental and municipal governments
Instituto de Capacitación para el Desarrollo (INCADE), SOCODEVI, Aguatuya Foundation, WASH Bolivia Sectorial Table
How strong are the systems?
To determine how well systems are working, we rely on data derived from Building Blocks, which are manageable ‘sub-systems’ that can be supported and strengthened. Certain building blocks may be more strongly developed or applied at district or national level. Interactions between building blocks are essential.