New booklet highlights the innovative approach of CED in Bolivia

“The program is based on a key idea—community capital—and teaches participants how to identify and mobilize the capitals of a place and people. This includes their talents, social networks, economic and human resources, the environment and, rich cultural traditions. The learners become people who take action, solve problems and create new opportunities for themselves and others. And we help these learners connect with the resources they have around them to do what they want to accomplish. From the first class, learners begin to see possibilities previously unnoticed.”

To read the complete booklet, click here:  Bolivia CED Booklet


Strategic Alliances for CED Growth

CED training continues with new partnerships! SFU, CIDES and AIPE have partnered with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to offer co-financed CED training programs. This training is happening in Cochabamba and Chuquisaca with municipal staff and elected officials who are part of FCM’s project “Municipal Partners for Economic Development (MPED)”.


The MPED project aims to support local governments and local government associations in their efforts to advance local economic development. CED training complements the technical assistance being provided by Canadian municipalities, together strengthening the capacity of three Bolivian rural municipalities to undertake better planning and implementation of ‘green’ economies.

This has been a valuable partnership, representing a significant step towards the sustainability of the CED training in Bolivia and an excellent example of how Canadian organizations can collaborate to scale up the impacts of international development funding.

by: Gretchen Hernandez- CED Bolivia project coordinator


CED training in Bolivia gets excellent reviews from participants!

Here are some statistics from the participant evaluations of our programs in Viacha, Oruro and Ocuri in 2011:

  • More than 95% of participants said the courses had direct relevance to their current activities, and would benefit their community and/or organization.
  • 100% of participants said they would recommend the program to others.

evaluations1To read more, click here

CED Practice in Bolivia

The CED training in Bolivia is having significant results! Participants have been able to incorporate the CED practices in their work places and to create community  initiatives framed by the CED approach. These impacts of the training program have been identified in the following fields:

  • Economic Developmentblog-impacts
  • Food Security
  • Municipal Planning
  • Changes in Institutional Practice


To read more, please click here

Celebrating Success

Graduations are always an opportunity for celebration and for reflection.

Amid much excitement, more than 20 participants in the Community Economic Development training program – indigenous leaders, community educators and other specialists working in local economic and social development initiatives – proudly received their certificates of completion from Simon Fraser University and our Bolivian partner AIPE  in March 2012.

Sharing food and music are hallmarks of a healthy community. Nobody suggests that what comes next will be the hard work of realizing the social and economic plans that were seeded in the program.

Speechmaking and ceremony was an important part of recognizing the work of the graduates, including the Mayor of Viacha and the indigenous leaders of the community as well as our project team.

– by Joanna Ashworth