“Pescando con Redes Móviles” [Fishing with Mobile Networks]: example of social inclusion via technology.
Fundación Telefónica Colombia, Qualcomm, the Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (Cintel)[Centre for Investigation and Development of Information and Communication Technologies], and USAID have presented the initial results of the “Pescando con Redes Móviles” project, which uses mobile technology, digital content, and a virtual community to promote economic and social development for traditional fishermen, women, and youth in vulnerable fishing communities in Colombia.
Launched in 2013, this project has achieved the following results in just two years:
• 200 participants
• Average income increase from traditional fishing activities of 15% or $55,000 pesos ($25 USD)
• Increase in mobile internet skills and frequency of use on part of the fishermen
• New business opportunities and reduced overfishing impact, which contributes to guaranteeing sustenance for fishermen’s families
• Youth improvement in working tools through mobile devices
• Project expansion to other traditional fishing communities in 2014 and 2015
“Pescando con Redes Móviles” was developed by Qualcomm Incorporated in different countries and has been spearheaded by Cintel in Colombia. Fundación Telefónica Colombia become involved in the project in 2014, implementing it in the town of San Andrés de Tumaco (Nariño – Colombia), training the involved teachers in ICT and innovation. More than 37 fisherman, children, and youth in the community have benefited from it so far.