In recent years, millions of Venezuelans have been displaced, migrating to other countries in the region. Complex work and migration policies, limited economic opportunities, and xenophobia can make it difficult for Venezuelans to integrate into their new communities and can even exacerbate the risk of conflict. Grassroots and non-governmental organizations working to integrate displaced Venezuelans into their communities lack the expertise to create effective communications strategies critical to overcoming these challenges. Asociación Minga Perú is providing training in strategic communications for IAF partners in Latin America and the Caribbean through the Institutional Strengthening in Strategic Communications (FICE) program. Minga is evaluating grantees’ communications materials, training them in strategy development, and offering tailored technical assistance. Additionally, Minga Perú is connecting IAF grantees who support Venezuelan migrants through virtual workshops to share approaches and lessons, particularly as they relate to the special vulnerabilities that migrants face in the wake of COVID-19.
At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to unlock private, public, and community resources for grassroots development. FICE activities strengthen grassroots organizations’ ability to effectively craft communications strategies that address xenophobia and promote social and economic integration through education, training and building of peer-to-peer learning and action networks.
This grant is part of the IAF’s commitment to support displaced Venezuelans and communities impacted by the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis and IAF’s broader COVID-19 response strategy.