Improving Community Resilience to Climate Change: Insights from Pakistan

Watching Inside Story´s programme ‘Is it to late to act on climate change?’ by Al Jazeera made me reflect on the research I conducted under Climate Asia last year. My colleague and co-author of the final report on Pakistan (which is also translated in Urdu), Khadija Zaheer, was interviewed in the programme to provide insights on how peCaptura de pantalla 2014-11-07 a la(s) 11.27.49ople across the country are perceiving changes in climate and how it is affecting their lives.

In particular, the programme attempted to understand the extent of the gap between people´s lived experience of climate change and the priorities amongst policy-makers.

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Time-Lapse Video in Brixton

This is an unusual post in this blog. It is not a post on international development and it is not a documentary either. I have dedicated some of my free time in the past weekends to exploring time-lapse photography in my neighbourhood.  And this is the result. I hope you will enjoy it.

Communication, Media and Institution Building in Rwanda

This post is about the media sector in Rwanda and its role in the development path of the country. I have wanted to write about the media since the book ‘Rwanda Fast Forward’ was published last summer. The book is edited by Maddalena Campioni and Patrick Noack and published by Palgrave Macmillan. Image

It contains 17 articles by authors from countries like Rwanda, the UK, the US and India and crosses many disciplines. I authored one of the chapters, which covers my views on the role of communication and media in Rwanda’s future development. I wrote the first draft of the chapter two years ago, just after I returned from the country, where I worked on a voluntary role in the Ministry of Information.

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‘Tech is great, but it’s people that count’

  1. The October event of the C4D Network Innovation series focused on mobile technology. And it didn’t disappoint. A diverse panel presented some of the many different ways in which mobile technology is used in development and for social activism. The wide spectrum of projects also brought up various questions for which the C4D sector is still looking for answers. But this is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it shows that the sector is thinking about the use of mobile technology maturely and in a constructive way. Nicola Harford, from iMedia introduced the panel and opened the discussion by stating what we should all agree on: ‘Technology is great, but it’s people that count’. Focusing on people, not technology, was a good start. Continue reading

Participatory Video vs Participatory Cinema. Are we talking about the same thing?

Film Screening – Selected films of the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival

To quickly answer this question, no, we are not. The first concept, Participatory Video, is the domain of the development practitioner and social worker whereas the second, Participatory Cinema, is more familiar to visual anthropologists. But why are they mixed up? What do they have in common?

I have just returned from three inspiring days at the Symposium: ‘Participatory – What Does it Mean? organised by the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival. The symposium (click here to access the programme) shed light on the confusion around what is participatory and on clarifying the terms Participatory Video and Participatory Cinema.

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Our Path to Survival – Documentary online launch

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, and as Development Ambassadors for the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy (AFP), filmmakers Blossom Carrasco and I are pleased to announce the online launch of the documentary Our Path for Survival.

THE VIDEO NOW REQUIRES A PASSWORD. Alternatively, watch the trailer.

Our Path to Survival – Documentary from Anna Colom on Vimeo.

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Working on Governance and Gender-Based Violence…

Although I have two posts in the pipeline, these past three months have been quite busy and have left me with little time to publish them. I therefore thought I should at least briefly explain what I have been up to.

After an interesting academic research project with the SELUSI team at the London School of Economics and Political Science, I am back doing more consultancy work as a researcher for an international NGO, conducting impact assessment on two media for development projects in Nepal, one on Governance and the other on Gender-Based Violence. Together with Climate Change, these are, in my view, the most important issues facing Nepal today, and it is fascinating to be part of this project, which involves a mixed methods strategy (both qualitative and quantitative methods).

I will soon have a break for Christmas, when I shall publish a proper post rather than an update. In the meantime, I wanted to break the silence and wish you all a great December!