Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and faces social, economic and political issues which exacerbate the vulnerabilities of poor and marginalized communities. The multiple challenges in the country pose a significant humanitarian challenge to the National Society in terms of responding to the needs of the most vulnerable. The Bolivian Red Cross focuses its work on disaster response, health services, the promotion of humanitarian principles and values, and the development of communityintegrated programmes. However, the National Society faces a number of organizational challenges, in terms of strategic planning, working towards balanced territorial development and its current dependence on external cooperation.
The Regional Representation for the Andean countries has identified priority areas with the Bolivian Red Cross that are in need of support in disaster management, health and care and organizational development. The Regional Representation is committed to ensuring that capacities are in place to support these needs. The priorities linked directly to the National Society's strategic plan are in line with the Inter-American Plan 20072011 and follow the recommendations of the Study of the Americas carried out by the Complutense University for International Studies. These priorities have been clearly developed into a country support plan, as shown within this document. The country plan intends to respond to the needs of the Bolivian Red Cross as part of the New Operating Model, which seeks to maximize existing Movement resources, while focusing on the provision of specific and relevant services to member National Societies.
The total 2011 budget is 234,959 Swiss francs (Click here to go directly to the attached summary budget of the plan).