Dec/2018 – Dec/2024

Total LACIF contribution (€):
2 390 000

projected total investment size (€):
113 240 704

Types of Support:

  • Technical Assistance


  • Rural Development


Bolivia, Brazil

Lead financing institution:


Co-financing institutions:


Fonplata is a multilateral financial institution owned by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and its mission is to support integration of member countries, to reduce socio-economic disparities and to achieve inclusive development. Fonplata encourages the complementarities of national development institutions through medium and small-scale projects. Its portfolio comprises projects in urban development, renewable energy, drinking water provision, social infrastructure, cultural heritage and rural accessibility in remote areas.

The European Union and EIB have made resources available to Fonplata, which combined with Fonplata's own resources, finance four pilot projects. These projects promote climate mitigation and adaptation, while advancing poverty reduction and improving the living conditions of the population in most vulnerable situations. LACIF is contributing with technical assistance to support Fonplata to enhance its capacities, improve its climate risk and vulnerability assessments and provide training, thus upgrading its environmental and social safeguards in line with European Union standards.

Pilot projects

Harvesting Water, Sowing Light in Bolivia
This project facilitates access to basic services for 1,500 vulnerable homes in rural communities in the Department of Potosí, Bolivia. It provides safe water and photovoltaic electricity through tanks, roof covers and solar panels. Moreover, it provides community training on the proper use of facilities and is implementing a rural water and sanitation information system. The project also seeks to consolidate this comprehensive management model to replicate it nationally.

The light helps us a lot. I can switch it on at any time. We have light to cook by when we get up early. And the water no longer makes us ill.” Pedro Suyo, smallholder farmer and beneficiary of the project.

Corumbá Integrated Development Programme in Brazil
This pilot project facilitates access to public equipment and services and improves social inclusion through the financing of urban infrastructure, housing, recreational services and transport in the Municipality of Corumbá, Brazil. 107,000 inhabitants benefit now from new paved roads, the development of Parque Jaguatiricas, the restoration of 10 historic buildings, improvements in the coastal area of the Paraguay River, the construction of a citizen center and the revitalization of Eco Parque Cacimba da Saúde.

The neighbourhood had no infrastructure (…), we didn't have access to anything, a lot of mud and dust everywhere (…) and a lot of people came to the health unit seeking care, because of the dust, like children with asthma.” Suellen Queiroz, nursing student from Corumbá.

São Gonçalo do Amarante Structuring Action Program in Brazil
São Gonçalo do Amarante is located only 13 km away from Natal, the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte, and its recent expansion requires investment to accommodate new inhabitants. This pilot project improves the quality of life of the population through investments in sanitation, urban mobility and the creation of the two first public areas for recreation, Parque das Nascentes do Rio Golandim (10 acres) and Parque Ecofolclórico Rockefeller (114 acres).

The construction of the water system will also mean we can live the next 50 years without water shortages (…) as a woman, living with other women every day, I know how scared we are about the lack of security. So when lighting is installed, it makes people feel safer”. Lavínia Souza, civil servant in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil

Cascavel Urban Development Program in Brazil
Cascavel is a municipality in full growth that requires improvements in sanitation, urban planning and mobility to welcome new inhabitants. The project finances macro-drainage works, the development of two new parks, a public sports centre, an intergenerational community centre, a social assistance reference centre, the expansion of its viaduct, the rehabilitation and extension of urban roads, the paving of streets, the reconstruction of the storm drainage network, the replacement of sewer manholes and the implementation of bicycle lanes.


The project shall achieve the following results by the end of 2024:

  • 105,000m2 of rehabilitated urban areas
  • 321,000m2 of rehabilitated or newly constructed parks
  • 380,000 direct beneficiaries
  • 5,500 jobs created or supported     
  • 12 km of water pipes built
  • 15 km of urban streets built or upgraded