In Bolivia, DW Akademie focuses on social participation and acquiring professional qualifications. Furthermore we have helped to develop a dual training program for journalists.
Rosa Jalja is the director of Radio Copacabana in Bolivia. She broadcasts in Aymara, making information accessible to those who cannot read or write.
Bolivia's media landscape is highly polarized and tends to be divided into two political camps, the pro-government media and critical media. There is a lack of independent, fair and balanced reporting that can offer the population a basis for forming opinions, especially ahead of elections.
DW Akademie in Bolivia focuses its efforts on boosting social participation in social development processes, particularly for disenfranchised groups living on city fringes. It is essential to make it possible for citizens to actively participate in public debate and express their opinions.
Together with the UNIR Foundation Bolivia and the Aymara radio network, DW Akademie promotes the creation of spaces for dialogue in the city of El Alto. The project partners have organized a series of public dialogue events on different topics. The selected topics address issues that are relevant to traditionally disadvantaged groups, such as women or young people. The journalists in the Aymara radio network play the crucial role of mediators in a polarised society by promoting an objective debate and exchange of ideas.
Prior to the launch of the dialogues, journalists from the network's local and community radio stations underwent an intensive training process run by DW Akademie in cooperation with the UNIR Foundation. The Aymara radio network organized the dialogue events in El Alto and different stations from the network alternately planned and carried out each event.
At the same time, DW Akademie is dedicated to creating sustainable systems needed to maintain professional media training in Bolivia. The ProPeriodismo program, carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with DW Akademie as consultants, aims to establish international standards in Bolivia's journalist training programs. A dual training program - the first of its kind in Latin America - offers young journalists professional opportunities to prepare for their careers.
Together with GIZ and the local partner Fundación para el Periodismo (Foundation for Journalism, FPP), the dual journalism training course was established. It is a hands-on training program for journalists working in community media. Also, DW Akademie, together with the Centro de Producción Radiofónica (Centre for Radio Production, CEPRA), supports the innovative program VirDual, which enables local journalists to acquire new radio skills in online courses.
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Country Manager: David Olmos
Locations: La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba
Local Partners: Deutsche Geselschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Fundación UNIR Bolivia, Red de Radios Aymara, Fundación para el Periodismo (FPP), Centro de Producción Radiofónica (CEPRA).
Main Focus: Social participation, civic lobby for freedom of opinion, media competence, participation of disadvantaged population groups, participatory media services, dual journalism training, professionalism and economic sustainability of the media sector, acquiring higher qualificata a JJions.