To date, the Federation of Municipal Associations of Bolivia (FAM Bolivia) has signed agreements with the representatives in the municipalities of Oruro, La Paz, Pando, Beni and Cochabamba to promote an increase in the budgets allocated to the prevention of violence against girls, boys, adolescents and women. Improving the quality and efficiency of the State's public management towards the issue. Currently, the budget allocation of the capital municipalities, cases of violence against women and children, is less on average than 1.5% of the institutional budget for the 2021, which generates a deficient attention.
The agreement suggests the creation of a Special National Fund in the municipalities of Bolivia to prevent violence against girls, boys, women and other groups in vulnerable situations. The formation, sustainability and regulations for creating the Fund would be in charge of the central government in coordination with the autonomous municipal governments of the country.
These advances were made within the framework of the agreement signed between FAM Bolivia and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), together with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Women joint programme, "Financing to prevent and address violence against children and women in Bolivia" since March of this year, with funding from the Joint SDG Fund.
The programme proposes a strategy aimed at increasing and improving the financing and public management of the State, at the municipal, departmental and national levels, for the attention and prevention of violence against girls, boys, adolescents and women, as a step towards achieving of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
In Bolivia, violence against women and children has reached alarming levels. Bolivia is one of the countries with the highest rate of femicides in Latin America, in the report of the State Attorney General's Office for the months of January to August it is mentioned that 74 femicides and 22 infanticides were registered in the country. In this context, it is urgent to work on this problem since the cost of the State's neglect of the issue of violence against children and women can be very high.