Katerine Saravia-Olivarez

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  • Universidad Mayor de San Andrés/Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo
  • About to be a Bachelor on Economics and Student of Law/Political Scientist

Current organisation

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Current role

Technical Assistant for Municipal Governments

Skills and Expertise

Public policy

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Interfaith Dialogue
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


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.