Commitment to Action

Ideas Boxes for Ex-FARC and Rural Areas in Colombia

Commitment by

Libraries Without Borders

In 2016, Libraries Without Borders (LWB) committed to partner with the Colombian Ministry of Culture to utilize Ideas Box programs for peacebuilding with FARC ex-combatants and civilians. The Ideas Box is a portable media center that creates a cultural space covering 330 square feet, and provides access to laptops and tablets, a library with both paper books and e-readers, and a built-in cinema. LWB will place one Ideas Box in each of the 23 special jurisdictions set aside for demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and will offer FARC ex-combatants cultural tools and programs aimed at building trust between ex-combatants, Colombian citizens and Government institutions. LWB will also hire and train five technical experts to provide support for the Ideas Boxes and the National Library of Colombia will hire experiences librarians to facilitate programs. Programs will include workshops to promote literacy, explore information about employment opportunities, and foster collaboration and civic engagement. During the second phase of this project, LWB will shift the Ideas Boxes to rural communities identified by the government of Colombia as critical for peacebuilding. Ultimately, 46,000 people are expected to utilize the Ideas Boxes during a three year period.

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Commitment

Ideas Boxes for Ex-FARC and Rural Areas in Colombia

Launched

2016

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$5,400,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

COLOMBIA

Commitment by

Libraries Without Borders

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Ministry of Culture of Colombia - National Library of Colombia