Earlier this year the  CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) awarded $19,905 to the Nile BDC to investigate and document the effectiveness of participatory video (PV) as a tool to bring local issues to the attention of planners and implementers of rainwater management interventions in Ethiopia.

The small grant from the CPWF Innovation Fund will support:

  • a 10-day in-depth PV training facilitated by InsightShare for NBDC participants plus selected partners.
  • a reflection day with core group of NBDC participants (including community representatives) to develop ideas about how PV can be used to build links between innovation platforms and farming communities.
  • Follow up reflection meeting in Sept 2012 to document progress made so far.
  • Targeted screenings of community-produced film material at local innovation platforms and potentially national platform to build capacity of higher level stakeholders to listen to community voices

Through this project, we aim to:

  • strengthen the voice of communities in innovation platforms
  • capture local rainwater management issues on film at key points during the annual seasonal cycle
  • use PV as a monitoring and learning tool to track change in community perceptions and actions around rainwater management as the project progresses
  • explore how PV could be linked to learning at farm, community and institutional levels.

More on this work …

View a presentation by Beth Cullen: