COOPI has been present in the country since 1985. Historically, the main area of intervention in this country regards sanitary assistance. In particular, we have worked in areas of intercultural health, promoting the integration of the official medical system and the traditional medical system of local communities. Another important area is that of safeguarding human rights and of fighting against the exclusion of native populations, of promoting intercultural dialogue and the mediation of conflicts. In the last years our interventions have focused on assisting communities struck by natural disasters, such as droughts and flooding. Here we have been working with local authorities to improve the skills and capacities of preparation and response to these destructive occurrences.
For example, the district of Chipaya (department of Oruro) is inhabited exclusively by the descendants of the native population Uru-Chipaya, who have officially adopted a form of government based on their own customs and traditions. This intervention addresses the issues of the Chipaya people with a multisectoral proposal that includes: the management of territory and common goods (environment and infrastructure), governance of public services, enhancement of cultural heritage, local economic development through complementary initiatives of communitarian tourism.
*Data about COOPI’s achievements are based on its latest balance sheet