In 2005 Bolivia elected its first indigenous president, Evo Morales. He came to power after a wave of protests, and his government has sought at every opportunity to promote the social and cultural inheritance of its majority indigenous population.
It has used gas revenues to reduce adult illiteracy, provide pensions and improve the education of its very poor people.
It believes this to be pivotal in its fight against poverty, but how successful has the process been? As powerful opposition lines up against the President, how useful a model could this be for others to follow?
In this episode of The Other America we find out.
Part of a 5 x 25-minute documentary series produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.