Bolivia: To Dialogue or to Govern?
Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Strategies in Latin America - 2005 Executive Summary
NIEK DE JONG , JUAN CARLOS AGUILAR , GESKE DIJKSTRA , CECILIA LARREA
The 2005 report confirms the hypothesis formulated in an earlier report, in the sense that the poverty reduction strategy (PRS) process does not function in Bolivia. The policies and plans to reduce poverty have had problems and delays in their execution, due to the almost permanent conflict situation in which the country has been since 2003. With the proposal of the 2006 Budget presented to Congress, the Government of Bolivia has initiated a process to gradually introduce a multi-annual budget with better orientation at results, which could be an important instrument to improve the effectiveness of the poverty-reduction policies.The report suggests that, in the short run, it will not be feasible to arrive at application of a quite elaborated result-oriented management system. In the medium run, its feasibility could be greater, at least at the national level. This possibility would have to pass the proof of the change of government and confirm whether the ideas introduced in 2005 by the government to make progress in this direction will continue to be priority for the government as of 2006.