Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Do Bolivian households have income stability?

Jubileo Foundation is a reputable organization and has just released a survey on the stability of the income at the household level. Those findings do really have a main influence over the quality of life and how relations between parents and children are strengthened or weakened, which in turn leads on how we live in Bolivia.

Jesika Villca Jimenez writes for La Prensa:

Survey shows that people do not see improvements

Education and health are fundamental to escape poverty, according to the people.

According to a survey issued by the Jubileo Foundation, dependent of the Catholic Church, 56 per cent of the population believes in the past 12 months, there were no improvements in the income of families.

Jubileo stands out in an executive summary, “population consulted and the ones with studies at the professional level perceived that the situation during the past 12 months has improved, but people with lesser education indicate that the situation remains”.

In the last five years, says the foundation that 43 per cent of the rural population and 14 per cent of the urban area are submerged in poverty.

The results presented by Jubileo allow you to note that the greater part of the population considered that one of the factors to continue in poverty is the poor access to education and health services.

The last few years. According to an evaluation carried out by the unit of analysis of economic and social policies (UDAPE), which referred to the Catholic institution, the rate of extreme poverty in the country in the past five years fell by 13 percentage points.

However, this level is still alarming in the rural areas of Bolivia.

57 percent of the population believes that a fight effectively against poverty passes by a greater generation of jobs, while 11 per cent said that it goes through increased support to production and six percent said it was necessary to give aid to the poor, through bonds.

The participation of the Government. The results of the surveys established that only 17 per cent of the population considered that Government policies have helped to reduce poverty while 53 percent feel that not served, what causes that most consider that living conditions will remain in the next 12 months.The survey was built-in July of this year in 1,000 homes in Department capitals and other locations.

42 percent of the population has a formal, stable work in Bolivia.

28 per cent of Bolivians, who have a stable job, can generate some savings.

The fight against poverty, the Government has allowed that until 2011, this index is placed below the 24 percent, said Minister of development planning, Viviana Caro.

“We use an indicator of consumption that until the end of 2011, shows us that we are in a 24 per cent, i.e. we have decreased (extreme poverty) by 14 percentage points”.

The Authority said that to achieve this level to decrease by 24 percent, means that currently 2.4 million Bolivians, are still mired in extreme poverty.


On top of the above, an important element to consider is how many of us have underemployment jobs, and if so what to do about them in the next years. Bolivians have the tendency to go after professions with the labels of doctor, engineer and licenciado, while there are other skills that our country needs the most.

In any case Jubileo Foundation has released interesting findings that must force our economic policies towards them.