Finalist – Argentina: Communicating Our Indigenous Peasant Assembly
Provide training and equipping to the communicator team of the Asamblea Campesina Indígena del Norte Argentino-ACINA, to generate contents, that promotes exchange experiences and participation of our communities in defense of the food sovereignty, right to land and life in our territories. Using the Internet and social networks, we want to talk our struggles and proposals, sensitize at society and mobilize more youth in our communities.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Several cities and towns in the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Catamarca, Formosa, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Corrientes and northern Santa Fe.
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
ACINA articulates over 40 indigenous peasant organizations of the provinces of Jujuy, Catamarca, Salta, Formosa, Santiago del Estero, Chaco, Corrientes and Santa Fe. We suffer the advance of large-scale mining and crops like soybeans on our territories, causing pollution, deforestation and forced migration. Young people of ACINA they want to live in the field, with the use of ICT we can bring more visibility to the struggle of our organizations.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Many of young farmers and indigenous, we are using more and more the social networks and internet. We want how learn to create communicational content that will allow us to close the distance between us and with other young people. Narrate from our own eyes,the natural and cultural wealth of our territories, our agroecological experiences, promote rights, and warn about the exploitation of nature because affecting to us and the whole society.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We have support of NGOs INCUPO, Be.Pe. and REDAF, with which we trained in communication and rights, and give us support to write this project. Foro Argentino de Radios Comunitarias-FARCO because they pushed the Law on Audiovisual Communication for organizations have own media. We want to strengthen the joint with FARCO for training and dissemination. Through the Asociacón Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica – ALER, we are able to share the content we generate with other countries on the continent, through its website and its audio streaming.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
This project was born from young people themselves of the ACINA, so we have the commitment and interest in consolidating this initiative. At first we want to train 15 young men and women that we are promoting this project, to be multipliers in each of our organizations and communities. Our goal is that at the end of a year, have at least three colleagues by province mobilizing permanently communications activities and generating content (24).
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Through training workshops hope to deliver the basics of audio and video editing, and capacities for sharing these and other content (like text and photos) on the Internet through the blog of ACINA, social networking sites and partner organizations as FARCO or ALER. We want provide tools to build content in different formats, for which we hope to empower communicators of ACINA in basic concepts audiovisual language, radio formats, construction of the news and especially to generate an own agenda and approach to our messages.
In this project is a great support the experience the Instituto de Cultura Popular (INCUPO), the Foro Argentino de Radios Comunitarias (FARCO) and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica (ALER) that have a long history in communication and popular
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
For the moment we count with spaces available in the different provinces to perform the training workshops, with wi fi conection . In most cities and provincial capitals A good connection exists internet that round the 700 kbps (navigatión) / 1800 kbps (download). In many of our peoples the connection may be unstable, but is achieved connectivity sufficient using 3G modems of which our disposal to perform the workshops. We have 5 notebooks available for workshops. Also available the infrastructure of FM Radio Activa, that is owned of an peasant organization of ACINA, and of Radio Amanecer, linked to INCUPO, to perform the workshops of radio.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
For six years INCUPO accompanies the ACINA in their various activities and efforts. From the year 2012 began working with communication equipment, process in which we have been giving way to a work plan that has been built by the young's communicators indigenous peasants organizations. We join to their projects and iniciatives that exceed the communicational, because we support the organization for rights training, in productive economic activities,coordination with other organizations and efforts with provincial and national authorities for the visibility of their demands and proposals. We believe that this joint work we do for several years is the best guarantee of sustainability and continuity of the communications project that we are start.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
So far the biggest obstacles to finalize the project have been on the one hand the scarcity of resources available to fund training workshops that require mobility OF young people from different provinces. Besides these youth do not have own equipment to apply the knowledge gained in the workshops, such as tape recorders or cameras, which prevents starting to experiment in building content beyond the exercises carried out in the workshops. We therefore hope that the contribution of Rising Voices allows us to deliver some of the basic tools for communicators farmers and indigenous communicators begin to experience the exercise of citizen journalism in his daily life, which is the best way to go appropriating this form of expression.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Performance indicators we think they are basically four:
Conducted training workshops (one with input from Rising Voices and two with own resources)
15 young men and women trained in communication, representatives from different provinces and different peasant indigenous organizations.
Productions made by peasants and indigenous communicators (at least one per province in the period and one regional)
Dissemination of productions by Blog and social networks, as well as by networks allied like ALER and FARCO.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2013?
Purchase of equipment (recorders, cameras) / May 2013
Training workshops for journalists / June-December 2013
Broadcast communication productions of the indigenous peasants from different provinces, in the network FARCO and ALER, and blog ACINA / June 2013 – April 2014
Production and dissemination of regional information of ACINA / Since August 2013
Detail a specific budget of up to $4,000 USD for operating costs.
Estimated project budget:
Transport in Argentina for 15 people for training workshop / U$ 1000
Buy 10 recorders and 10 digital cameras / U$ 2,800
Other training materials / U$ 200
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices can help a lot in order to tell our stories to other communities around the world who have similar problems to ours. We also believe can help build links with other young communicators from different countries of the world, especially peasant and indigenous. We also believe that the future can help diversify the tools and platforms we use to spread our messages.
Patricia Valdivia Elgueta
Asamblea Campesina e Indígena del Norte Argentino – ACINA