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La Paz, capital city of Bolivia, with Mt. Illimani in the background.


From 2011 to 2013, WACC and two of its long-time partners in Bolivia, SECRAD (Servicio de Capacitación en Radio y TV para el Desarrollo) of the School of Communication of the Bolivian Catholic University San Pablo, and CECOPI (Centro de Educación y Comunicación para Comunidades y Pueblos Indígenas), carried out a project working with Indigenous Aymara and disability groups. It aimed to make use of communication and information rights to work towards gaining better access to social services including health, education, housing and employment. The project also developed a communication rights index. The project was supported financially by WACC and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA),


Building Communication Rights 

to Access Social Services 


 15 July 2011 – 31 May 2013

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.

Aim and strategy

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.


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.

  • Click here for Indice SECRAD.
  • Click here for Indicadores 1.
  • Click here for Indicadores 2. 

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 .

  • Click here for Final Report to CIDA
  • Click here for CECOPI final report
  • Click here for SECRAD final report


The five resources available here are in Spanish and consist of a training manual for community leaders (produced by CECOPI) and four booklets in the series « Communication and Disability: Towards social inclusion » (published by SECRAD).



Multi-Year Projects