UNDP Bolivia - Improving Mobility to Cope with Rapid Urbanization


15 September 2020 - In 2018, 70 percent of Bolivians lived in urban areas, with projections showing a growth to 75 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. The rapid urbanisation is straining mobility systems and worsening air pollution, quality of life and access to public services - affecting vulnerable populations the most. To build a resilient, inclusive and sustainable city, UNDP is supporting Bolivia to redesign urban life in its capital La Paz.


Since 2019, UNDP, in partnership with the Municipal Government of La Paz, is working to deliver an innovative mobility strategy, using its Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) tool, that rethinks the way public space is shared between pedestrians, motorised and non-motorised vehicles. The expected impact is to bring structural change in the mentality and behaviour around mobility – and make the city greener, more inclusive and sustainable.

The work will include a multi-stakeholder platform to co-create solutions, strengthen capacities for sustainable urban mobility planning, boost digitalisation of public services and facilitate green entrepreneurship around these solutions. This comprehensive package builds on previous integrated support from UN agencies through which sustainable urbanisation was identified as an SDG accelerator.

The Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) helps governments and policymakers mainstream the SDGs into national and local plans by measuring countries’ readiness to implement the Goals. The assessment identifies gaps in alignment between SDG targets and national and sub-national development plans and is as such a first step to mainstream the 2030 Agenda into specific country and local contexts.

Find more information on the ongoing project here 

Learn about UNDP's Rapid Integrated Assessment (RIA) here

Photo of La Paz, Bolivia by Tobias Jelskov (@tobey_j) from Unsplash