Making Every Voice Count for Adaptive Management (MEV-CAM): Participatory Video Facilitation (Module B, anglophone training)


03 - 28 March 2022




Lilian Goredema, FAO

Victoria Valenzi, MEV-CAM Facilitator

Grace Hutchison, Programme Development Officer

What is MEVCAM?

“Making every voice count for adaptive management” (MEV-CAM) aims to promote a systemic learning-by-doing approach for monitoring and disseminating knowledge, lessons learnt, and experience. It aims to document the baseline conditions and existing sustainable land and forest management practices in the different dryland landscapes presenting it through a visual medium.

Shifting towards participatory systems that engage different stakeholders, including the local communities, in the decision-making process, was found to be better than solving acute problems on the ground immediately without any stakeholder intervention. For that reason, this initiative aims to fill that gap between stakeholders and to document the change allowing for a better project up-scaling in the future. The MEV-CAM initiative uses the participatory video approach as a powerful tool that involves a group in using video technology to create their own video message while considering their desire for social change.

MEVCAM 2022 Timeline

Module A Participatory Video and Most Significant Change - February to March

Module B Participatory Video Facilitation - March to April

Fieldwork - May

Module C Editing and Post-Production - June

Module D Participatory Video: Capacity Building - July to December

Publish Training Manual - November

Module B: Participatory Video Facilitation

The Participatory Video (PV) technique involves a group or community working collectively on sharing a story that is relevant to them. The videos produced through this method allow communities to effectively communicate their experiences to decision-makers, empowering their collective voices and mobilizing efforts to address local needs.

Trainees (2 representatives from each country project) in Module B will learn the following:

  • Introduction to participatory video making
  • Participatory storytelling and storyboarding
  • Participatory Learning and Action tools
  • Facilitation
  • Screenings
  • Editing
  • Ethics and consent

The training is comprised of the following:

  • 10 training sessions lasting between 1.5 - 2 hours (March-April)
  • Creative assignments and homework
  • Three 'case clinic' sessions during the fieldwork period
  • One peer-to-peer sharing event following fieldwork 

The training sessions for Module B will be held on the following dates:

March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

April: 7th, 14th, 21st, 26th, 28th 

Learn more about FAO’s MEV-CAM initiative on their website

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