SaveAct staffer attends symposium in France

SaveAct’s Nqe Dlamini was one of three people from different organisations who presented papers on participatory video (PhotoVoice) at the recent ISDA (Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food) 2010 Symposium held in Montpelier, France.

According to Dlamini, SaveAct’s approach to the project was recognised as unique in that participants themselves took a central role in both the conceptualisation and filming of the videos.
There was recognition among delegates, he said, that SaveAct had tried to empower people to executive their own stories. “They [participants] decided what they wanted to talk about … and developed their storyboard (with some support from us), and had a chance to use the flip video camera,” said Dlamini.
The symposium, which attracted 500 participants from over 65 countries was organised by CIRAD, INRA and Montpellier SupAgro with the central purpose of understanding more closely how research contributes to innovation in agriculture and fostering dialogue between researchers.
Dlamini said delegates noted that there were still few organisations making use of PhotoVoice as a tool for participatory monitoring and evaluation and congratulated SaveAct for piloting the methodology.
Delegates were also interested in the role played by SaveAct as the supporting organisation, and ways in which the methodology might be economically replicated. “The audience felt that the video would make a good case study for the donor community and for community mobilisation,” Dlamini said.
Symposium delegates quickly grasped the complementarities between savings and credit agendas and farming practice in SaveAct’s work through the PhotoVoice videos, said Dlamini.
“SaveAct was urged to work further to bring the community voice forward … delegates suggested it would be useful to have a number of people presenting their stories rather than only one.”

SaveAct’s Nqe Dlamini was one of three people from different organisations who presented papers on participatory video (PhotoVoice) at the recent ISDA (Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food) 2010 Symposium held in Montpelier, France.

According to Dlamini, SaveAct’s approach to the project was recognised as unique in that participants themselves took a central role in both the conceptualisation and filming of the videos.

There was recognition among delegates, he said, that SaveAct had tried to empower people to executive their own stories. “They [participants] decided what they wanted to talk about … and developed their storyboard (with some support from us), and had a chance to use the flip video camera,” said Dlamini.

The symposium, which attracted 500 participants from over 65 countries was organised by CIRAD, INRA and Montpellier SupAgro with the central purposes of understanding more closely how research contributes to innovation in agriculture and fostering dialogue between researchers.

Dlamini said delegates noted that there were still few organisations making use of PhotoVoice as a tool for participatory monitoring and evaluation and congratulated SaveAct for piloting the methodology.

Delegates were also interested in the role played by SaveAct as the supporting organisation, and ways in which the methodology might be economically replicated. “The audience felt that the video would make a good case study for the donor community and for community mobilisation,” Dlamini said.

Symposium delegates quickly grasped the complementarities between savings and credit agendas and farming practice in SaveAct’s work through the PhotoVoice videos, said Dlamini.

“SaveAct was urged to work further to bring the community voice forward … delegates suggested it would be useful to have a number of people presenting their stories rather than only one.”

The full paper, entitled “PhotoVoice as a tool for planning and measuring impact of community-based economic development initiatives: renewing research models and practices”, can be accessed here. [PDF 901 KB]

 

 

 

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