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Resilience policy-making in Nepal: giving voice to communities

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Participatory Video as a way to bring together grassroots views about disasters resilience, drawing on their own needs and experiences.

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Jiban Karki and Sarita Panday were in rural Nepal conducting fieldwork using Participatory Video with the aim of giving ordinary people a voice in policy processes that are supposed to be for their benefit.

The 2015 Nepal earthquakes killed more than 9000 people and injured more than 22,000 affecting almost a third (8 million) of the population. This initiated discussions about resilience policy development amongst the Nepalese government and its international partners to better prepare the country for future disasters. Yet, this discussion often failed to take into account perceptions or experiences of ordinary people, especially those in rural communities.

This led to the development of our project ‘Resilience policy-making: giving voice to communities’. We chose Participatory Video as a way to bring together grassroots views about disasters resilience, drawing on their own needs and experiences, and to feed these into the policy process.

Participatory Video has been praised for its ability to increase agency of marginalised individuals and communities by giving them a means to recognise and speak up about their own issues, and has been used in various settings, although rarely in Nepal. However, implementing a Participatory Video project is not without challenges.

This film screening will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with Dr Sarita Panday and Dr Jiban Karki, now a Global Challenges Fellows at the Sheffield Institute for International Development and returning soon to Nepal for on-going research. We will also be joined by other members of staff, Dr Julie Balen (ScHARR) and Dr Simon Rushton (Department of Politics), who were involved in this project.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Tijana Close (t.close@sheffield.ac.uk).

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