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A Rights-Based Approach to Participatory Video: toolkit

'A Rights-Based Approach to Participatory Video: toolkit' has been assembled to provide the first few stepping stones for practitioners of participatory video to begin introducing a rights-based approach into their practice.  The toolkit (published on 11th June 2010) is FREE to download here as a dynamic PDF.

We intend this toolkit to be particularly useful for those already undertaking participatory video work, in all its guises, however we hope the methods, ideas, tools, checklists and additional resources cited will mean its contents are useful and relevant to a broad community of practitioners of participatory communications and media.

We are not experts in the field of rights, and we would like to point out that this toolkit has been written based on early experiences of applying a rights-based approach to a range of different participatory video projects over the last few years. Among our trainers we have no staff with legal training and the methods developed to date have not yet benefitted from input from legal experts. It is fair to say the application of rights-based approaches to our work still has some way to evolve.

We believe in sharing our learning as a way of evolving participatory video methodology. We invite and encourage practitioners to send us feedback and experiences and suggest ways to improve this resource. Along with the on-going learning and practise of our global team of trainers we expect this process will enable us to update the toolkit from time-to- time. Nevertheless we hope the techniques described here will be useful to participatory video practitioners keen to adopt a rights-based approach to their projects in its current form. Please do let us know what you think.

This publication was supported by funds from the UNDP Global Human Rights Strengthening Programme (GHRSP) programmed through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by the UNDP on behalf of the GEF partnership of agencies.

Click here to dowload the toolkit as a pdf.

The toolkit is also available to download as individual chapters for those with slower connections.  Please note: the internal links will not work on these shorter versions.