2020 – SIPAZ

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Project Description

High quality internet is almost nonexistent in rural and isolated communities in Colombia, and this digital gap has become even more harmful in the wake of COVID-19. Local populations cannot access online education and training, telemedicine visits, market information, reliable news, social services, and other opportunities that are available to residents of larger cities. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to building peace and security by enhancing communication within and between communities. Our grantee partner Corporación Sistema de Comunicación Para La Paz (SIPAZ) is piloting four community-based communications enterprises that sell broadband services at reduced cost to rural communities, grassroots organizations, and social leaders, promoting the digital access and civic engagement of traditionally marginalized groups and those building peace from the ground up.

Project Amendments

This amendment provides SIPAZ with an additional $33,142 to address the effects of Hurricanes Eta and Iota and subsequent weather events. SIPAZ will manage a hurricane recovery fund to replace and repair radio equipment damaged by high winds and flooding, benefiting community radio stations and three community radio networks in Sucre, Bolívar, and Chocó.

This amendment is part of the IAF’s broader Eta/Iota response strategy.

Corporación Sistema de Comunicación para la Paz
Project: Location: Years active: IAF grant funding: Counterpart commitment: Direct beneficiaries: Indirect beneficiaries: Program areas:
Corporación Sistema De Comunicación Para La Paz – SIPAZ Colombia 2020 – 2022 $309,890 $751,397 2,000 individuals 6,130 individuals Enterprise Development and Job Skills

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