From 16th to 20th December, 2013 Simon Koolwijk conducted a participatory video training for 10 representatives from 5 social accountability implementing partners in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme (ESAP2). This program aims to improve the communication and relations between local stakeholders such as local government (Woredas and Kebeles), civil society organisations, local citizens groups and service providers in the areas of health care, agriculture, water and sanitation, education and rural road construction. The process of better communication aims to help to improve the services of service providers (the suppliers) so that citizens needs (the users) are being met. The participatory video was initiated to help to stimulate and support the dialogue on social accountability and the improvement of social services.
In the one week training, participants got the opportunity to apply participatory video in Gulele Sub City, where they interviewed key stakeholders working on health service improvement in their community. You can watch the participatory videomaking process in 7 steps.
The training was received with great enthousiasm. The method inspired the participants to conduct participatory videomaking in their own organization and embed it in their monitoring and evaluation systems. The 5 participating organisations have planned participatory videomaking interventions in their programmes. They will implement their interventions between January and march, 2014.