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The Bolivian Fund: Is It Really The Model?

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This chapter analyzes to what extent the Bolivian Social Fund (SF) differs from its Egyptian counterpart. The first section of the chapter looks at the rise of the Emergency Social Fund (ESF) as a by-product of neoliberal policies in Bolivia. The ESF eventually evolved into the current Fund for Social Investment, Fondo de Inversion Productiva y Social (FPS), after more wide-ranging state and social-policy reforms necessitated its transformation. Next, the chapter examines the effect of the FPS on civil-society organizations in the communities under study, as categorized by the three main indicators: participation, accountability, and embeddedness. Finally, the chapter addresses the extent to which the FPS corresponds to the existing pattern of Bolivian state-civil society relations.

Keywords: accountability; Bolivian Social Fund (SF); Emergency Social Fund (ESF); empowered participation; Fondo de Inversion Productiva ySocial (FPS); neoliberalism



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