One of the components of Protection of Basic Services ESAP2 announces Participatory Video Oscar Winner

August 29, 2014, Addis Ababa-The Management agency honors Participatory Video makers for documenting social accountability (SA) activities and engaging citizens in SA through participatory video. 

70 participatory videos of 5 minutes each were presented by 14 SAIPS for the ESAP2 Oscar competition. The PV makers were assessed based on the strong SA message and creativity of the video, as well as their ability to engage citizens in community dialogue and through social media.

Redeem the Generation won the first prize, which is Participatory Video Oscar trophy and a set of video camera equipment while Amhara Development Association and Action for Self Reliance won the second and third prizes respectively 

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The Executive-Director of Redeem the Generation Melaku Sebhat said, “The feeling of winning is very nice and very good. We have learned from this Participatory Video that it is important to capture the sense of the community, because otherwise, when trying to implement programs, you might miss important things. Through the videos we were able to both capture and measure the change in the community that Social Accountability projects brought to, and how service providers and service givers have experienced it. Two of our staff participated in the Participatory Video Training in February. When they came back from the training, they informed everybody so we all became aware and were encouraged to assist them when making the videos. They made five videos about the health sector in Matehara. After sharing the videos with the community, they would see themselves and others and became encouraged to participate themselves. Now we are trying to train more staff on Participatory Video so that we can capture all the Social Accountability programs.” 

Government Expenditure Management and Control Program Director Ato Musa Mohamed from Ministry of Finance and Economic Development handed over awards and certificates to winners and participants of the PV Oscar competition.

Ato Musa said, “the government, our development partners and the social accountability implementing partners will surely provide their unreserved attention towards implementing, coordinating and financing of the FTA-SA related activities with the aim of achieving desired results. You have to bear in mind that without the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) full involvement and commitment in the implementation and coordination process of the program activities, it will be very difficult to achieve the anticipated outcomes.”

osc3In his welcoming remarks ESAP2 Team leader Rolf Hunik said, “Social Accountability is showing commendable results which is being document through PV. The purpose of PV is to support dialogues about service improvement among citizens, public service providers and wereda councils, and at the same time document project progress and results.”

The videos show interviews, conversations and practices among different Social Accountability stake holders from community groups, service providers, wereda officials, SAC members and others. PV is a form of media in which a group or community creates their own film. PV is also a great way of bringing people together, giving a voice to vulnerable groups or individuals and solving problems with in communities since everyone is encouraged to be part of the video production. Consequently the video are shown in different communities, sparking debates and discussions. 

Over 28 participants from 14 SAIPS were trained in participatory Video making in two rounds in December 2013 and February 2014 in Addis Ababa and Adama respectively. The MA is currently conducting the third round PV training for additional 11 SAIPS in the first week of September 2014. The PVs have been made available on ESAP2 YouTube over the past two months via playlists on www.youtube.com/esap2

The PV Oscar award was held at the Executive Directors day where directors of all 49 SAIPS and 57 sub-partners came together to share experiences, and to discuss sustainability and institutionalization of Social Accountability , in collaboration with MoFED and its Financial Transparency and Accountability program. 

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ESAP2 seeks to give voice to the needs and concerns of citizens from all social and vulnerable groups through strengthening the capacities of citizen groups and government to work together in order to enhance the quality of basic public services in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and rural roads .