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Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia

Parte de la Red Internacional de Microjusticia que a inicios del 2007, con el impulso de la Fundación International Legal Alliances puso en marcha el primer Programa de Microjusticia en el mundo.

Presence in: Bolivia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights

Microjusticia Bolivia (MJB) was established in 2007 on the basis of the experience of Microjustice4All (MJ4All) in the former Yugoslavia, working with a group of young Bolivian lawyers. Currently the foundation has programs in La Paz, El Alto, Oruro, and Cochabamba.

During the first years MJB focused mainly on helping people obtain valid birth certificates and identity documents so that they could access the new state pension and other social benefits. Based on the experience with civil documentation, MJB published lobbying reports and participated in meetings aimed at simplifying the procedures. In 2011, these efforts contributed to a change in the laws and the creation of a new government institution responsible for civil documentation (Servicio de Registro Civico, SERECI). Since, the procedures for getting correct civil documentation are much more accessible.

Currently, MJB focuses mainly on registration of property rights related to housing.

  • Around 600.000 urban homeowners have incomplete legal property documentation or no documentation at all; and
  • about 80% of the existing titles contain errors – and are thus invalid.

This puts homeowners in a vulnerable position, as they are at constant risk of losing their property. MJB collaborates with the government agency (PROREVI) responsible for the implementation of a new law that simplifies procedures for registering ownership of a house during three years, and provides advice and assistance to a fast increasing number of people who want to regularize their papers once and for all.

People Associated With This Organization

Ana Jacquelin Quispe Lima

Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia
Joined August 2012
Jacqueline Quispe studied law at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, and has always wanted to use her skills to serve the poor population. In 2003 she worked with World Vision Bolivia and from 2004 to 2007 she volunteered with the organization ‘Capacitación y Derechos Ciudadanos’, where she organized capacity building, conciliation and legal orientation activities for vulnerable people. Both experiences strengthened her passion to dedicate her career to providing legal assistance to the people that most need it. In 2007, she joined MJB, the World’s first Microjustice program. As Head of the Social and Networking Area, her goal is to keep strengthening MJB, a program that does not only provide legal assessment and assistance to vulnerable population groups in Bolivia, but also serves as an example to all other Microjustice programs in the world.
Ana Jacquelin Quispe Lima is the network champion (main point of contact) for Fundación Microjusticia Bolivia.

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