Public Statement 2017
|National Peace-building Communication Strategy, “Si de una”|
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|Primary program areas||Education/training|
Corporación Sistema de Comunicación para la Paz (SIPAZ) is a national network of community-based radio, television and social media, established in 1998, with the objective of improving the quality of member communication services and expanding and strengthening the presence of community communications. With a membership of 25 community radio networks, representing 450 community radio stations, SIPAZ has a presence in 563 municipalities (of a total of 1123), with an estimated audience of 8 to 12 million Colombians. SIPAZ is governed by a general assembly and a seven-person board elected every year. Work is divided into radio, television, new technologies and training. It has staff in Bogotá, with five regional coordinators spread throughout the country.
SIPAZ has successfully advocated for community radio with the Colombian government. This effort has resulted in a reduction of costs for obtaining the required licenses to set up and operate community radios. SIPAZ serves on the advisory board of the Ministry of Communications. In addition, SIPAZ has signed an agreement with the National University to reduce fees for undergraduate and graduate education for its members.
SIPAZ supporters have included Gobernación de Boyacá, Gobernación de Sucre, Educar Consumidores, Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
SIPAZ will support 10 IAF grantees to produce a nation-wide community radio campaign called “Sí de una” as part of the IAF Colombia Peace-building Initiative. The campaign will highlight and promote the peace-building activities carried out by these participating grantees. SIPAZ will carry out assessments, conduct training and provide technical assistance to strengthen participating organizations’ communication strategies. The project will directly benefit 250 persons and 3,600 indirectly.
Rationale for Funding
Grassroots organizations and nongovernmental organizations have an important role in building peace in Colombia. As Colombians begin to imagine a future without conflict, these organizations and their members must have their voices and proposals heard. To do this, they must have tools and spaces for learning and sharing, in this way building trust and relationships of mutual support among each other and with other actors in the country.
This grant adds to a cohort of projects that support peace-building efforts at the grassroots level. The grant will give IAF the opportunity to learn about how building trust and relationships of mutual support between grantee partners and other actors in the country can be a first step towards national reconciliation. These grants will also help the IAF to learn how to more effectively respond at scale to challenging opportunities such as the peace process in Colombia.