Thursday, July 1, 2010

Video Evaluation - short highlights about two weeks exchange on International Humanitarian Law

"I have never experienced such a wonderful seminar", "My expectations have been met", "I know how to apply the four principles for International Humanitarian Law", "The composition of the group", "Lecturers addressed the issues". These were some of the comments which members of the ACT Alliance shared during a video evaluation at the end of the face-to-face seminar discussing Humanitarian Assistance & International Law (HAIL) which was held from 25th May - 4th June, 2010. This 2-week seminar dealt about the four principles of HAIL; 1. Humanity, 2. Neutrality, 3. Impartiality and 4. Indepedence. Main purpose of the meeting was to link theoretical principles with the reality of the work in the field. The 22 participants coming from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin-America shared 'best practices,' 'challenging cases' and 'possible scenario's ' on how to apply HAIL during interventions where Humanitarian Aid is needed after natural disasters and armed conflicts. The seminar is an initiative of ICCOenKerkinActie and the ACT Alliance, facilitated by the Hendrik Kraemer Institute.
See video for the impressions:

The video evaluation was facilitated by Simon Koolwijk at the last day of the seminar, where participants shared their perspectives on how they felt about the two week meeting. The scenario of the video evaluation was designed by the participants. This scenario included the goals, questions and video story boards/ shots, that were proposed by the group. The process of filming lasted 2 hours, where each of the participants shared their views. The editing took about 6 hours.

Such a video evaluation has the following advantages:
1. It provides the participants a platform to share their highlights at the end of the meeting
2. It provides space for a making a joint production, which they can share with their colleagues
3. It builds the group and document institutional history.