Katerine Saravia-Olivarez

Country representing

Bolivia

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés/Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo
  • About to be a Bachelor on Economics and Student of Law/Political Scientist
  • Specialization in Conciliation/Course of culture of peace and conflict resolution/ International Relations, Diplomacy and Globalization/Governance and Public Management/ Scholar of the "Program for the Strengthening of the Public Function

Current organisation

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Current role

Technical Assistant for Municipal Governments

Skills and Expertise

Mediation
Politics
Public policy
Research
Strategic planning

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Interfaith Dialogue
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I'm passionate about peace culture and social conflicts. Bolivia is considered as one of the most problematic countries of Latin America (according to a UNDP's report), due to its social conflicts. That's why I'm engaged to the development of practices that provide a constructive approach to social conflicts resolution; instead of managing them only politically and provoking the rise of violence. We need to learn, as Bolivians, that there are better ways to manifest our social discontent; but Evo Morales' government has to work on social conflicts prevention mechanisms and focus on their transformation too. As long as that doesn't change, we will keep on witnessing tragic consequences, just like the Vice-Minister's death (after being kidnapped). I think that working on this field and topics is vital for my country because it can lead to social reconciliation. Otherwise, our social conflicts will become serious obstacles to our economic growth and development in the short and long term. I recently finished a research on a social conflict related to people with disabilities, which let me have a better understanding of how long is our remaining road on this matter. I'm also passionate about public policies, because they are vital for improving and giving more opportunities for the defenseless ones. That's why, I'm currently working on public policies related to transparency and the prevention of corruption on rural municipal governments in my country. Due to their characteristics, they tend to be more vulnerable to possible acts of corruption. In order to prevent them, I give technical assistance; so that they can implement preventive mechanisms. I love and enjoy my job, because I've been seeing how things start improving little by little when you work for these issues.

Actions

My past experiences have taught me that research based on evidence is important for good public policies and strong agreements after negotiation processes. As long as, we have enough objective information we can make better decisions and take on commitments that can change completely a problematic situation. That's why I've been working on research processes related to different social issues. One of them was associated with the indigenous poor immigrants that come to my city and sleep on the street every single night. I studied their socioeconomic situation and the troubles that they have to face every day. As a result, I had the chance to suggest more appropriate public policies. I also worked for the Unit of Governance of the Municipal Government of La Paz, where I provided a technical insight for social conflicts prevention (at that moment the unit's employees worked there due to political influence, but didn't have acquired skills related to social conflicts resolution). Since then, the unit improved a lot their mechanisms for preventing social conflicts and started developing protocols that could guide the process of negotiation of a social conflict. I volunteer with associations of people with disabilities and public institutions, for building up relational constructive platforms toward better public policy decisions and interactions. Right now I'm working with 13 rural municipal governments, in order to make them implement improvements that can promote a culture of transparency in their organization and their community. Moreover, I also work with the analysis of their control mechanisms, to prevent acts of corruption. Transparency and the prevention of corruption tends to be a sensitive topic for them -specially due to their political nature- but this work made them be aware of the importance of making a change. It's a process and it's taking its own time on each municipality, however I'm already witnessing its first results and I'm excited about it.