Case studies

The case examples presented here share reflections and experiences on designing and implementing individual and collective visual storytelling approaches. They present and explore whole processes as well as particular tools, techniques, and thematic framing. Contributions from diverse partners globally will help grow this community of practice. Please get in touch to share these experiences.

Story-driven participatory video with mobile technology

This case study describes “Story-driven Participatory Video” which is a facilitated community engagement and mobilisation process that uses filmmaking as a catalyst for awareness-raising, personal and group development, confidence-building and strengthening voice. The main intention is that the storytelling and filmmaking process spurs dialogue that feeds into wider social and behaviour change efforts.

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Collective learning

“It all depends on our personal involvement, how in fact are we ready to contribute and influence changes in our community, how much are we ready to get engages, to raise awareness in our authorities.” (Arnela Mujić, Bosnia Herzegovina)

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DST and Drama in Nigeria

Through his work on good governance and accountability with the The Theatre for Development Centre in Nigeria Prof. Jenkeri went on to run a digital storytelling process, he used drama to support creative expression in the storytelling process and help citizens have creative input to their stories, and to enable a safe environment for exploring the issues.

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Participatory visual methods

By using participatory visual methods, the project opened spaces for participants to reflect, learn, and talk about issues which are not openly discussed in BiH.  It built their skills in technology, communication and visual methods.  It encouraged them to be creative and playful, and to put their own experiences, imaginations and emotions into their stories.

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‘I want to be heard!’

In Occupied Palestinian territories, women discussed the difficulties in finding work without having ‘the right connections’ (wasta).

The film talks of how nepotism, power abuse and patronage minimize prospects for positive change.

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Engaging south african youth and women on the theme of tuberculosis and HIV using a digital storytelling approach

The objective of the research was to better understand the direct personal impact that TB and/or HIV have on the lives of people living in poverty in South Africa, using the participatory methodology of digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is a learning,  creating and sharing experience supported by technology, allowing participants to produce their own short film containing voice, imagery and music. Community members have created a series of digital stories, vividly depicting how TB and HIV have deeply affected their lives.

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