La Paz, capital city of Bolivia, with Mt. Illimani in the background.
This summary is an account of the implementation and the results of a two-year project called Building Communication Rights to Access Social Services implemented by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), and its two partners Education and Communication Centre for Indigenous Peoples and Communities (CECOPI) and Servicio de Capacitación en Radio y TV para el Desarrollo (SECRAD) in Bolivia, South America.
The project aimed to enable two historically marginalized groups in Bolivia to understand and use communication and information rights to work towards gaining better access to social services including health, education, housing and employment. The project worked with indigenous Aymara women, men and youth in four locations (El Alto, Tiwanacu, Viacha and Pucurani) and with disability organisations and individuals in two locations (La Paz and El Alto) using a capacity-building approach. Beneficiaries were trained in communication rights and their relationship to other human rights, and the links between those particular rights and the attainment of other rights, including women’s rights and gender equality. They also learned about the function and role of media in influencing policy and decision-making, and about how to work positively with media. The project included the development of a Communication Rights Index as a tool for measuring the extent of communication rights in Bolivia in relation to the two groups of beneficiaries.
The project originated in previous work undertaken by WACC with both partners separately and which laid the foundations for this joint project. The Indigenous people’s component was the responsibility of CECOPI, while SECRAD was the group which worked with people with disabilities.
COMMUNICATION RIGHTS INDEX
The following documents, which are only available in Spanish, relate to the methodology used to build a Communications Rights Index with appropriate indicators and sources of verification.
The following documents include the final report (in English) produced by WACC and presented to CIDA and the two final reports (in Spanish) written by the two project partners and presented to WACC .