Facilitating (Remote) Participatory Video

What is (Remote) Participatory Video (PV)?  Participatory video is a tool where people jointly make a film to visualise and discuss an issue that is important for them. Remote means, that the process is facilitated online through virtual applications.

What is the aim?  Listening to and capturing voices of people, who are key actors in the program. This process is followed by dialogue and discussion aiming to improve service delivery to communities and key stakeholders. PV contributes to learning, deepening insight in complex processes and enables empowerment of the actors involved.

PV is an excellent tool for monitoring and evaluation, since it provides an opportunity for unheard voices to share their stories and give it a platform to be incorporated in a monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning process.  Participatory video captures what surveys, questionnaires and bar charts fail to communicate; the human stories and voices of the people.

“I came across Facili2transform’s online course on remote participatory video in 2021. At the time, it was the only practical course in participatory video I could participate in from my home. It was a great course that gave me lots of practical experience in the method. This meant I was able to develop an evaluation plan using the experience gained in the course and guide consultants to conduct the evaluation in Nairobi (who had not used Participatory but skills that I recognised would be vital). The result was that we conducted an end of project evaluation that was innovative, truly participatory, more accessible to deaf people and actually engaging to external audiences. I’ve never seen people so excited by an evaluation before! As the final product of the evaluation is a video, it is much more of an effective tool at raising awareness about challenges or gaps in the project, and for us it has shown us that more needs to be done to make vocational training accessible for deaf young people. I would recommend this course to anyone that is looking to commission or conduct an evaluation that is focused on valuing the perspectives of the communities they work with and wants more engagement with the results.”
                                                                                                            Corinna Philpott

Watch the portfolio of participatory films, where Facili2transform facilitated the PV intervention both face2face as well as remotely. If you interested in the 5 day online training read more at Remote Participatory Video.

Year Description Film
2021 Making of  'Listening to the voices of refugees '- Greece
2020 Refugee Covid-19 experience – Rhinocamp, Uganda.
2020 Together in times of Corona – stories of refugees in Turkey about the impact of Covid-19. 
2020 Distanced but United is a story about refugees living with disabilities in Germany on how the COVID-19 epidemic impacted their lives.


2020 Remote Participatory Video - making of - a space for the unheard voices
2019 From voices to choices – The role of crisisaffected people in decision-making Nyinbuoli, South Sudan
2019 From voices to choices –The role of crisisaffected people in decision-making, Majak Bai, South Sudan
2018 No healthy soil, no meadow birds – A participatory film telling the story about the decline of the meadow bird population.
2015 Health Service gains through social accountability in Matehare Town, Ethiopia 

For more films, watch and download the portfolio of films and remote (participatory) videos.


Interested in applying a (remote) participatory video intervention in your project, contact,  Simon Koolwijk, e-mail. faccom@xs4all.nl


Videocast client interview with Lucia Nass, expert social accountability and local governance

In October, 2021, a videocast interview was done with Lucia Nass, expert social accountability. She was coordinator capacity building at the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program between 2013 and 2019. This programme took place all over Ethiopia and involved more than 100 communities. She guided and managed the participatory video interventions that took place in this programme. The participatory video interventions that took place visualized issues, changes and generated dialogue for change in communities.

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The empowering effect of participatory video!

I am very impressed with the empowering effect of participatory video on the community, government officials and service providers. In addition we started using video contents in our M & E system of our organization and the videos helped us to measure service improvement through implementation of Social Accountability. Tigest Tewabe, Project coordinator, JECCDO