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1200 young volunteers ready to serve in Bolivia
19 February 2004

La Paz: More than 1,200 university graduates will volunteer to help reduce poverty, empower women and support local volunteer-involving orgazations in Bolivia under the "Youth with People Participation" initiative of the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme.

The project, officially launched yesterday by Bolivian President Carlos Mesa and Alfredo Marty, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, stems from the World Bank's Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative under which international creditors agreed to excuse a significant portion of Bolivia's debt.

The project aims to mobilize 300 volunteers who have completed their studies in law, management, sociology, medicine, economics and engineering under Bolivia's "Strategy to Fight Poverty" (EBRP).

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From: UN Volunteers, Germany



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