Our in depth training model has been developed and refined over years of successful application in many different countries and contexts. It can be easily modified to fit with the particular needs and context of different organisations, programmes or projects.
The Valley Trust, a centre for health promotion in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, collaborated with InsightShare and the community of Inanda to use participatory video to draw attention to community development issues. One video focused on the lack of water in the community despite pipes being laid and was used as a lobbying tool, while others addressed issues such as alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.
'Peru Conversations with Mother Earth' is a powerful film relating the Andean cosmovision. Quechua videographers documented seasonal changes, hail, melting glaciers, christian fundamentalism, and other threats to their culture, livelihoods and landscapes.
When people living near the small tea estate in Inanda saw water pipes being laid in October 2004, they were overjoyed. Standpipes would soon be spouting water, they were told…but they waited in vain. Three years later, Inanda residents planned, directed and filmed 'Waiting for Water' as a local lobbying tool...and the impacts were immediate.
One dozen of the most dynamic young leaders (ages 16-32) from community- and sport-based organizations throughout Africa gathered at the 2007 Next Step conference in Namibia and learned to use multimedia tools to represent experiences of the conference's youth delegation.
This article describes the PV project that was carried out in Inanda, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, in the summer of 2007. It summarizes how InsightShare's capacity building PV training - in cooperation with the Valley Trust - provided different social groups of the Inanda Township community with a tool to express their perpectives on problems in their community - ranging from water and food scarcity to HIV/AIDS and unemployment - and to show their inspiring ways of coping with these issues.
InsightShare participated in a course on community-based conservation and ethnoecology in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology.