Bolivia and drugs: documents and links

17 November 2005

List of useful documents and links related to Bolivia.


NGO Sites

  • Acción Andina
    Acción Andina is a platform of organisations and persons in the Andean region researching the drug war in the Andean region. It publishes a bulletin, the Boletín
    on drugs related issues. It also publishes the Revista Acción Andina each number focused on a particular topic (Human Rights, Alternative Development, Interdiction, etc).
    Language: Spanish
  • Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB)
    CEDIB is a non governmental documentation and information center in Cochabamba (Bolivia). The “Coca, Drogas y Desarrollo” program of CEDIB published -in colaboration with the Andean Information Network and Acción Andina- the electronical bulletin Cocapress, focused on drug related issues in Bolivia and the Andean Region (still available on-line). At the moment it publishes: Hoja informativa.
    Language: Spanish
  • Andean Information Network (AIN/RAI)
    The Andean Information Network (AIN) is an international, independent, non-profit organisation that dedicates itself to the investigation, analysis and education on issues involving North-South relations and global justice. The AIN is committed to seeking peaceful long-term solutions to social conflicts, injustices and inequalities. The site is bilingual (Spanish and English) and provides basic facts and figures on the drugs issue in Bolivia.
    Language: English and Spanish
  • International Coca Research Institute ( ICORI ): Coca Museum
    Site on the history of the coca leave. You will be taken through a general photo tour over the history, the sciences, medicine and other issues mentioned in the museum. 41 colorful photos with brief notes.
    Language: English and Spanish

Government and Official Sites

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):Bolivia Country Office
  • Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (CICAD) Country Page: Bolivia
    Language: English and Spanish
  • Por la Dignidad! Estrategia boliviana de la lucha contra el narcotráfico
    La estrategia del Gobierno de Bolivia contra la coca ilícita. Viceministerio de Prevención y Rehabilitación dependiente del Ministerio de Gobierno. Más documentos sobre el Plan Dignidad
    Language: Spanish



  • Deadly Consequences: The International Monetary Fund and Bolivia's Black February The Democracy Center, April 2005
    The report tells the story of Bolivia's Black February (2003), in which 34 people were killed during public uprisings against an IMF-forced economic belt-tightening package. It is not just the story of two tragic days in La Paz, but also of the global economic system that set that violence in motion.
    "Deadly Consequences" is based on interviews with Bolivia's current President and senior government advisors, IMF officials, economists, Bolivian human rights leaders, eyewitnesses, and with the family of the victims. It also draws on dozens of original source documents and testimonies. The report is available for both free viewing and purchase in book form on The Democracy Center website



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