The Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desarrollo (Fundación INESAD) recently published a book analysing the progress of development in Bolivia over the past 25 years (1990 to 2015) on a wide range of issues – crime, education, health, poverty, and more. The book evaluates progress made in each of these areas, and also reflects the evolution of the country’s social, economic, and environmental context. Findings show, for example, that monetary poverty has dropped substantially since 2002 and that the adult population in Bolivia has completed more years of education than the country average across the Latin America and Caribbean region.

The book was launched to commemorate INESAD’s ten-year anniversary, and to celebrate its many achievements to date. INESAD is increasingly becoming recognized as a leading producer of high-quality research on sustainable socio-economic development in Bolivia, and is helping to influence public policy as a result.

Edited by Lykke E. Anderse, Director of INESAD’s Center for Environmental Economic Modeling and Analysis (CEEMA), Boris Branisa, Senior Researcher at INESAD, and Stefano Canelas, a former INESAD collaborator, the book aims to promote policy dialogue in Bolivia around development issues. The researchers also made the database they created to guide their analysis available as a public resource, for use by Bolivian policymakers and other interested stakeholders. Both the book (in Spanish only) and the database are available here.


The Institute for Advanced Development Studies (Fundación INESAD) is an independent organization promoting scientific research on themes relevant to developing countries, particularly Bolivia. INESAD conducts research in a wide variety of policy areas, including education, public health, migration, social mobility, globalization, and aid effectiveness.