About

The Bolivian Specialization in CED Projectoffers practical, locally defined, university-based training in Community Economic Development (CED) in Bolivia. Training participants are from traditional indigenous leadership, non-profit organizations, local government, and community organizations. Applied research is part of the initiative, as are developing online training and audio-visual training materials in native languages.The project is housed at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada.  In Bolivia, the project partners are the Asociacion de Promocion y Educacion (AIPE) – a network of 27 Bolivian development organizations – and the Centre for Graduate Development Studies (CIDES) at the Universidad Mayor San Andres in La Paz.


“Bolivia is in an exciting phase in its history. On the one hand, it faces extreme poverty levels of more than 60 per cent. On the other hand, the country’s indigenous peoples have recognized their potential as a majority population and have elected their first indigenous president. Our CED training program will complement the efforts of local peoples to create well being in their communities, defined on their own terms.”
– Dr. John Brohman, Canadian Project Director

What is the Bolivian Specialization in CED project?


  • A project to establish a practical university-based training program in Community Economic Development (CED) in Bolivia for people working in development organizations and local government.
  • A partnership between a Bolivian university, a national network of Bolivian NGOs, and the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University.
  • Involves South-to-South exchange, with CED curriculum developed in a related project in Mexico being adapted to Bolivian challenges and realities
  • Emphasizes building women’s leadership potential, the capacity of women’s organizations and on empowerment of indigenous peoples in Bolivia.
  • Will link to existing projects and training programs to create a network of CED practitioners in Bolivia and as far as possible in the Latin American region.
  • Runs from May 2007 to March 2013.

The project is an initiative of three partners:

  1. Asociacion de Promocion y Educacion (AIPE) – a network of 27 Bolivian development organizations that operate in 7 of the country’s 9 regions
  2. Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) – a research and learning centre in Canada
  3. Centre for Graduate Development Studies (CIDES) at the Universidad Mayor San Andres in La Paz.

Funders:

The project is supported through a grant from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  

Project Objectives

  • The establishment of a university-based CED training program with a “Certificate” and “Specialization” designations, developed through a participatory process with stakeholders
  • Delivery of the program in 6 regions of Bolivia and expansion of the training to other Andean countries
  • Completion of the training by at least 400 staff and leaders from municipal governments and nongovernmental organizations (min. 40% female)
  • Increased local capacity building to develop new and sustainable community-based economic development projects
  • Increased capacity of the local partners to manage international projects and to offer training in CED
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