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Life Series
Bolivian Blues

Explores the success of new initiative to reduce widespread poverty.


A printer-friendly version of this page 24 minutes
Directed by Rosalind Bain
Produced by Television Trust for the Environment
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin



With per capita income of just $1,000 and social indicators on a par with countries in sub-Saharan Africa rather than its more successful neighbors Argentina, Chile or Venezuela, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. 10% of children are undernourished. Average school attendance is less than seven years. Entrenched vested interests hamper foreign investment in the economy, while the landlocked geography of the country itself limits access to export markets.

But there are signs of change. Annual inflation fell from a peak of 23,500% in 1985 to less than 4.5% by the close of 1998, thanks to a program coordinated by the International Development Association and the International Monetary Fund. And Bolivia's huge external debt burden has been substantially eased under new debt redemption programs.

In Bolivian Blues, Life explores the success of a new initiative designed to coordinate the work of donor agencies and focus outside aid on achieving real poverty reduction.

The producer of this program has collected extensive resources at www.tve.org/life/archive/life27main.html

The other titles in the series are:

1. Life: The Story So Far - How the globalized world economy affects ordinary people.

2. Geraldo Off-Line - Globalized economy affects Brazilian factory worker.

3. From Docklands to Dhaka - English MD travels to Bangladesh to improve community health.

4. An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train - A group of health professionals tours the most deprived regions of South Africa providing care.

5. The Philadelphia Story - Globalized economy affects American jobs.

6. The Boxer - Young male looks to escape Mexican poverty by becoming a boxer in the United States.

7. The Seattle Syndrome - Were the WTO protesters right in their effort to protect workers and the environment from exploitation?

8. The Right to Choose - Women are denied human rights in Ethiopia and northern Nigeria.

9. At the End of a Gun: Women and War - The devastating effect that the civil war in Sri Lanka is having on women.

10. The Summit - The UN General Assembly meets to review progress on social justice worldwide.

11. All Different, All Equal - Examines progress in women's rights globally.

12. India Inhales - Activists combat tobacco companies that target India.

13. The Silver Age - Growing population of elderly worldwide seeks purpose and care.

14. The Cost of Living - AIDS drugs unaffordable in developing countries.

15. The Posse - Rap group in Sao Paulo, Brazil, expresses social problems.

16. Credit Where Credit is Due - Micro-credit organization in Bangladesh provides loans to village poor.

17. Regopstaan's Dream - Bushmen fight to live on ancestral land in South Africa.

18. Untouchable? - The caste system and bonded labor are still alive and well in India.

19. Because They're Worth It - Micro-credit, education, health information, and hope provided to impoverished Chinese.

20. For a Few Pennies More - Iodine deficiency causes health problems in Indonesia.

21. In the Name of Honour - Kurdish women fight for their rights in Northern Iraq.

22. God Among the Children - Community organization works with at-risk youth in Boston.

23. Without Rights - Palestinians are denied human rights.

24. Lost Generations - Poor health and poverty condemn people in India to sub-standard lives.

25. Educating Lucia - The odds are against girls getting an education in Zimbabwe and throughout much of Africa.

26. A-OK? - Examines prospects for Vitamin A distribution programs in Guatemala and Ghana necessary for children's health.

28. The Outsiders - Explores the moral and economic dilemmas that adolescents face in the Ukraine today.

29. The Debt Police - Uganda seeks external debt relief and fights internal corruption.

30. The On-going Story - Final episode examines the international community's commitment to linking social and economic development with human rights.

NOTE: A second series called City Life is now available.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2000     Copyright Date: 2000
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-491-5     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-875-8





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Bolivian Blues




Links
www.tve.org/life/archive (Producer's web site)
www.tve.org/life/archive/life27main.html


Subjects
Anthropology
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Economics
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
Health
History
Human Rights
Humanities
Hunger
International Studies
International Trade
Latin American Studies
Poverty
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations


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The Man We Called Juan Carlos
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Because They're Worth It
Micro-credit, education, health information, and hope provided to impoverished Chinese.

The Debt Police
Uganda seeks external debt relief and fights internal corruption.

Credit Where Credit is Due
Micro-credit organization in Bangladesh provides loans to village poor.

Community
Micro-credit is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh.

Life and Debt
Economics and the murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.


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