On the move during the COVID-19 pandemic: Information, trust and influence among Venezuelans in Nariño, Colombia

Since August 2020, Internews’ Rooted in Trust (RiT) project team – in partnership with our partners Fedemedios and Corporación Caribe Afirmativo  – has collected, analyzed and responded to rumors about COVID-19 circulating among migrant communities in Nariño, in the south of Colombia. 

This Information Ecosystem Assessment aims to establish an understanding of information dynamics in the context of Venezuelan refugee and migrant populations in the Colombia-Ecuador border region, taking a specific look at the LGBTQI+ migrant community.

The Information Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a study designed to understand the dynamics of transmission, production, and consumption of information in a given environment. Understanding the flow of information, its sources, channels, and the factors that affect it – intentionally or unintentionally– can help to empower citizens to make better-informed decisions, bridge divides, participate more fully in their communities, and hold power to account.

We hope that this report will prove useful for organisations working with these communities to better understand the dynamics of information, increase their efforts to listen and engage with communities and to support trusted information sources to provide quality information to support decision making during the pandemic and beyond.