This paper by Valentina Bau, Graduate student at Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies, looks at an InsightShare participatory video project in the Rift Valley of Kenya after the 2007–2008 post-election crisis, when the country underwent a period of intense ethnic violence.
Mercy Corps' Financial Literacy training has been running for the last 2 years in Rift Valley province. The program was put in place to provide saving, borrowing, spending and investment skills to the funded and randomly selected youth groups within the Local Empowerment for Peace program (LEAP). Mercy Corps invited us to facilitate a participatory video evaluation with program participants in May / June 2013.
Mercy Corps' Financial Literacy training has been running for the last 2 years in Rift Valley province. The program was put in place to provide saving, borrowing, spending and investment skills to the funded and randomly selected youth groups within the Local Empowerment for Peace program (LEAP).
In this participatory video project a team of coffee farmers identifies and documents sustainable land management practices through video, which could then be used to share knowledge locally, and potentially further afield. Participants were selected by the organisers from two neighbouring coffee co-operatives. InsightShare facilitators helped the group to identify the main threats to farmers, and look at changes in the local environment and weather. They produced a video, which was subsequently made into 3 short videos: ‘Climate Change’, ‘Land Management’ and ‘Land Subdivision’.
A compilation of videos produced by farming communities across Sub-Saharan Africa during a series of participatory video projects. Through this unique programme farming communities from Angola, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda used video to explore issues affecting their environment and their adaptation strategies to coping with the effects of global climate change.
In 2012, a participatory video project brought Ilchamus women together to explore how climate change influences their lives. They made this video to discuss the more severe flooding of the past few years as well as other changes in their natural environment, such as deforestation, and to explain how these changes have negatively affected their well-being by ruining their huts, damaging roads and causing conflicts between tribes, scarcity of firewood and health problems for them, their children and their livestock.