Participatory Video makes Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) engaging, compelling and fun. It is perfect for community groups, NGOs and other bodies seeking an authentic and participatory means of learning from their projects and interventions. Here are some examples of how InsightShare have used Participatory Video as a tool for M&E.
In 2009 InsightShare was invited by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) to develop ways to use participatory video to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation. Over 18 months, we held workshops in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi under the Community-Based Adaptation in Africa (CBAA) initiative.
In December 2007, Kenya - long considered one of the most stable countries in East Africa - descended into political violence following disputed presidential elections. The city of Eldoret was one of the locations where the violence escalated. Mercy Corps decided to use sport in Eldoret as a means to change perceptions between tribes, build peace, promote reconciliation and give young people a hope for the future. The program was called LEAP Sport and is being run by a local organisation called A-STEP.
Some of the poorest people in the world are already coping with a changing climate. InsightShare travelled to Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi to facilitate three Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation workshops. The workshops were to help the local partner organisation and community members keep track of ("Monitor") their ability to cope with changes in the climate and decide together (evaluate) what type of adaptation strategy they thought best for them.
At the start of the post election violence, Peter lost his uncle during an attack on their compound. He became depressed started using drugs. He talks about how he was able to begin to address his anger and resentment for other ethnic groups on the football pitch, through the LEAP SPORT program.
During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-8, David was shot by an arrow into his chest. He tells his story about how he recovered, but then developed deep resentment for another tribe. Through the LEAP SPORT programme, he was able to learn to forgive, but also to become a mediator to help resolve conflicts around him. David is now a group leader in A-STEP, he has a new life and an important role in his community.
In Dumba village, the seasons have changed beyond recognition. When rains are meant to come, villagers are facing drought, when harvest traditionally used to occur, floods from the river nearby sweep everything away. People are resorting to traditional foods, migration, old and new crop varieties and community support to survive.
In August 2009, representatives of eight Samoan villages took part in a Participatory Video project that resulted in the creation of the film 'Tofiga O Pili Aau'. This Photostory is a visual record of the process through which the group planned, filmed and edited their video and describes the key stages in the decision-making process.