Bolivia, Plurinational State of

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 1,079,718
  • % of total
  • 9.6%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 2,702,930
  • % of total
  • 24.1%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 97%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income group
  • Lower middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Renta Dignidad or Renta Universal de Vejez (previously Bonosol)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Renta Dignidad or Renta Universal de Vejez (previously Bonosol)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 1997
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Ley 3791 de 28 de Noviembre de 2007 and Decreto Supremo 29400 de 29 de diciembre de 2007


Non-contributory pensions in FIAP countries : Part 1 - Latin America

Intended and Unintended Effects of Unconditional Cash Transfers to Elderly People: The Case of Bolivia’s Renta Dignidad

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The Renta Dignidad is a universal social pension for those over 60. Currently the pension reaches 91% of people over 60 - compared to the 14% covered by the contributory system. This briefing explores the situation of older people in Bolivia, the Renta Dignidad in more detail and the impact that it is having on older people, and those they live with. It also also available in Spanish

One of the authors of the research has written a blog about his findings. 

Renta Dignidad: Presentation by Mario Guillen

The following presentation (in Spanish) was made at an international seminar hosted by the International Labour Organisation and HelpAge International in May 2012 on "Social Security Systems in Latin America: Challenges for the Extension of Social Protection Coverage in the Andean Region". The presentation by Mario Guillen, Bolivia's representative at the seminar, describes the Renta Dignidad in Bolivia.

Michael Littlewood on the impact of Renta Dignidad in La Paz

Michael Littlewood, at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, talks briefly about the pension system in Chile before sharing an experience from a recent trip to Bolivia.

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