Barriers and opportunities to access international resources for tobacco control in Bolivia

Despite some successes when it comes to national and global efforts at tobacco control, little evidence exists of international funding or support in this area for developing countries like Bolivia.

Bolivia is one of 173 countries to date that have ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC has helped to address some of the key aspects of the tobacco epidemic in many places where its principles have been adopted.

But tobacco control does not appear to be a health and development priority for the national government and development stakeholders in Bolivia. The Ministry of Health and civil organizations have experience difficulties in accessing international resources for tobacco control. At the same time, there is neither clear evidence nor a general political consensus on the exact nature of those barriers to access.

The objectives of this study are to analyze the steps Bolivia's national government has taken to include and prioritize tobacco control; to assess whether tobacco control is promoted during donor-recipient development planning; and to develop policy recommendations that would make support for tobacco control a priority in Bolivia.

The research methods will involve a case study approach that includes country context and an analysis of international cooperation to date. It will also include in-depth interviews with public service staff, development stakeholders, and Bolivian NGOs.

Outputs will include an analysis of the development assistance process and a detailed description of the main barriers to accessing international support for FCTC.

The study is expected to have an important impact in Bolivia by promoting tobacco control as more than an effort to control a habit that has health consequences. It will also link the tobacco epidemic to other social, poverty, and development indicators.

Research findings and policy recommendations may also apply to funding for control of non-communicable disease (NCDs) in general.

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Start Date

Friday, June 15, 2012

End Date

Sunday, June 15, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Geneau, Robert

Total funding

CA$ 61,800


Bolivia, South America, North and Central America, West Indies


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Jorge Dennis Rada Noriega


Accion Internacional por la Salud (A.I.S. - Bolivia)

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