In 2017 InsightShare partnered with Action Aid and the CDAC Network to trial participatory video as a tool to evaluate humanitarian assistance in a way that puts the evaluation into the hands of communities. A six-month pilot project focused on the experiences of two communities in Northern Bangladesh during the 2016 floods.
Participatory video was used to capture a wide range of community perspectives on their experiences during the floods, the aid they received, and how they could be less severely affected by future flooding. Stories were filmed, edited into short videos, then screened back to the community and other stakeholders. To close the feedback loop, the responses of stakeholders – including local government representatives – were also captured on video and shared with the community.
The evaluation provided a clear overview of what the community participants considered the main impacts of the 2016 floods and what challenges they experienced as a result. It also provided insights into what community members did themselves in response and what aid they received from outsiders, such as government representatives and local NGOs. The process unearthed many issues with the aid provision in the two communities.
Having completed the evaluation, participants were engaged in a participatory process to imagine how aid provision could be better in future floods.
The project was supported with funding from UK Aid under the CDAC Network’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme. The project was commissioned in Bangladesh by the Shongjog Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Communicating with Communities.
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