Bolivia receives training on Victimization Surveys to enhance its Statistical System of Crime and Criminal Justice

A team of experts from the Center of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice (CdE) visited the plurinational state of Bolivia from 1st until 5th of April in order to provide a training course on Victimization Surveys as well as an orientation session on Statistics of Crime and Criminal Justice. Participants ranged from officials of the Bolivian Police (PB) and the National Institute of Statistics (INE) to officials from the National Observatory of Civil Security (ONSC) of the Ministry of Government.

During the course, the need to produce high-quality, precise and useful data as evidence for the design of public policy was emphasized, as it allows to monitor the progress in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030; especially in the following indicators related to Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions:

  • 1.3. Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence, (b) psychological violence and (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months. (Crime Prevalence)
  • 1.4. Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live. (Fear of Crime)
  • 3.1. Proportion of victims of violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms. (Hidden figure)
  • 5.1. Proportion of persons who had at least one contact with a public official and who paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials, during the previous 12 months. (Prevalence of bribery)

UNODC, through the CoE, will continue to provide cooperation and technical assistance to the plurinational state of Bolivia in order to establish a statistical system aligned with the international standards of the United Nations.