From 9th to 14th February, 2014 Simon Koolwijk conducted a participatory video training for 20 representatives from 10 social accountability implementing partners in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme Phase 2 (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 & 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 Metehare and Adama City. In Metehare City they interviewed key stakeholders working on health service improvement in their community. In Adama City they interviewed key stakeholders in the area of water service delivery. You can watch the participatory videomaking process in 7 steps.
Another video of this training, produced by one of the local trainers, you can watch the video PV training february 2014 overview.
Currently, 15 social accountability partners from the ESAP2 programme are implementing participatory video in their own social accountability projects. It is expected that by the end of May, 2014 between 15 and 20 community dialogue meetings will have been conducted where videos have been presented and discussed. It is ESAPs intention to organize a mini film festival later this year, where experiences and lessons learnt about participatory video will be discussed. The participatory videos which have already been produced you can watch at the ESAP2 youtube channel