Aims:
  • Identify and analyze the factors that contribute to effectiveness of relationships between mining companies and NGOs in Bolivia
  • Provide recommendations to mining companies and NGOs to better engage in ways that strengthen Indigenous governance.

Strengthening Indigenous Governance in Bolivia Through Mining

Despite inherent challenges and instabilities, Bolivians recognise that the exploitation of natural resources could equate to development opportunities for its majority Indigenous population.  A number of small mining companies are actively exploring opportunities to support Indigenous governance initiatives.  Currently, municipal governments in Bolivia underspend by millions and many do not have the capacity to manage their funds or invest responsibly. Technical assistance is required to strengthen local governance and investment capacities to handle mining royalties.  Civil society and participatory mechanisms also need strengthening, to hold municipal governments to account for their expenditures.

The starting point of the research is to identify the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of relationships between mining companies and community groups, and then consider how mining operations might contribute to strengthened Indigenous governance, and how NGOs and CBOs can work best with them. In parallel, research is being conducted into how the decentralized and autonomous system of governance in Bolivia can support a more efficient and equitable distribution of benefits of mining royalties.

Funding: 
International Mining for Development Centre
Partners: 
World Vision Australia and World Vision Bolivia
Date: 
2015
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Mark Moran (mark.moran@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • Identify and analyze the factors that contribute to effectiveness of relationships between mining companies and NGOs in Bolivia
  • Provide recommendations to mining companies and NGOs to better engage in ways that strengthen Indigenous governance.
Type: 
Action Research
Keywords: 
Policy analysis
Community engagement
Corporate social responsibility
Indigenous equity
Participatory governance
Interculturality
Mining communities
Policy evaluation
Number: 
ISSR020722