Social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: plurinational State of Bolivia
Poverty affects about 5.5 million people in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Accordingly, poverty-reduction policies have become extremely relevant in the country during the last decades. Social protection policies in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, understood as the group of policies aimed to manage risk among vulnerable groups, have undergone relevant transformations from the 1990s onwards.
This document analyses the design and coverage of these policies, examining the extent to which they benefit the poorest groups in the population. Special attention is paid to cash transfer programmes, which are the main component of the social protection system in the country. Based on this analysis, it is clear that one of the main challenges ahead for these policies is the appropriate identification of vulnerable groups for more accurate policy targeting.