Central America is home to dozens of indigenous languages, yet many indigenous people have no access to media in their native language, which precludes them from full participation in local decision making. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to strengthening democratic governance by providing access to information in a culturally appropriate manner. Our grantee partner, Asociación Estoreña Para el Desarrollo Integral (AEPDI), coordinates the Central American Network of Indigenous Community Radios consisting of 20 indigenous radio stations located throughout Central America. Through training, advocacy, research, and regional meetings, AEPDI will strengthen the Network and work with all members to promote community radio as a means of sustaining indigenous culture and encouraging civic engagement.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.