Participatory Video Training Concluded by 5 SAIPs

Five SAIPs concluded a weeklong training on Participatory Video in Addis Ababa on Friday by showing their videos on Social Accountability to the community.

Addis Ababa, 20 December 2013 – The management team of ESAP2 brought together 10 people from 5 different SAIPs for the first Participatory Video Training. This training resulted in 5 videos that discuss how health services can be improved. The videos were screened at a community meeting that brought together different stakeholders and their different perspectives on Social Accountability to open up more discussion.

Participatory video is a form of media in which a group or community creates their own film. The videos will be more credible when participants of the community are the ones making the video. Participating video is also a great way of bringing people together, giving a voice to marginalized groups or individuals and to solve problems within communities since everyone is encouraged to be part of the production process of the video.

Different stakeholders watching the videos produced during the training

After five days of practicing with the camera and learning how to edit, the 5-minute videos of the Participatory Video Training were screened in the community to service providers, woreda officials and other stakeholders.

“It is better to see in front of you how you can improve services, than to just sit and only talk about it,” explains Hirpagye Geyese of the Social Accountability Committee after the screening

The videos enhanced much discussion afterwards with mostly comments on how these videos can improve services given to communities. “Usually you only share experiences with the people from your own woreda,” says Tsehainesh Chafako, a community member of the Gulele woreda in Addis Ababa. “But with these video’s we can share our experiences with other kebeles, cities and regions.”

Creating awareness and increasing involvement are some of the advantages pointed out by the stakeholders present at the community screening. But for Ermyias Mekonnen, who participated in the weeklong training, self reflection is the most important contribution the videos will make to Social Accountability: “When people see themselves on a screen, they see their own strengths and weaknesses which leads to improved responsibility on a personal level.”

Tigest Tewabe of Addis Ababa Women Association discussing the benefits of Participatory Video on Social Accountability

Solome Kumsa also participated in the video training. She believes that Participatory Video will help stakeholders to speak more openly about their problems: “Some people are afraid to tell their problems in front of a service PROVIDER giver or woreda official. So when they are interviewed for the video, they speak freely and the service provider or woreda official will see the message.” The community meetings after the screenings will still connect the different stakeholders and discuss how service providers and service users can improve Social Accountability together.

Different stakeholders watching the videos produced during the training1

The participants of the five organizations will all return with their a camera, laptop and video skills, which they promise to share with their colleagues. Within the next three months al five participating SAIP will produce five videos.

The participating SAIPs were: Relief Society of Tigray, Addis Development Vision, Redeem the Generation, Save Lives and Addis Ababa Women Association.


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