event 27 Apr 2018

Nexus Fact Sheet // Water, Energy and Food Security for Bolivia

German development cooperation institutions and the European Union support evidence presented at the Bonn2011 Conference that an integrated management and governance – ‘Nexus’ – approach can assist in improving water, energy and food security. Nexus addresses challenges and opportunities, identifies trade-offs, fosters synergies and optimises outcomes across actors and sectors. To meet its ambitious economic, environmental and social targets in the context of climate change, Bolivia needs to think Nexus.

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In 2015, the first evaluation was made of national policies and investment programmes – focused on the functionality, management and inherent intersectoral conflicts of multi-purpose dams. Analysis of Bolivia’s National Agenda 2025 targets revealed a multitude of interventions needed in Nexus sectors and led the Government to request that a Nexus programme be created.

The Bolivian Ministry for Development Planning (MPD) is responsible for development planning and implementation, which are mainly realised by the Vice-Ministry for Planning and Coordination (VPC). The VPC leads and coordinates the Nexus programme, and ensures that the sector ministries for water, energy and rural development receive equal consideration. With its partners at the national, regional and local levels, the programme also works to achieve the desired impacts by making use of the vertical Nexus dimension.


As part of Bolivia’s national development plan, the pro-gramme should improve systematic implementation of multisectoral development measures – water, energy and food security.

The three-year programme has a budget of EUR 3 million. It foresees:

  • National decision-making bodies adopting a strategic action plan to structure and implement intersectoral cooperation within the national sustainable planning for development (PDES and SPIE);
  • Establishing two institutionalised coordination mechanisms for intersectoral exchange;
  • Using the Nexus approach to implement management models in two local projects: a multi-purpose dam and a project to reduce poverty;
  • Anchoring gender equality in the coordination mechanisms and management models of the Nexus strategic action plan.

Besides, synergies are generated at regional level between the bilateral Nexus programme in Bolivia and the global Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme (NRD) implemented in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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February 2018

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Tina Schmiers


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