Connecting local responses around the world
Sometimes pictures speak a thousand words.
But here is some background on the partnership which has led to this beautiful process you see in the photo-documentary:
How did this video come about?
I have just returned from 2 and half weeks accompanying facilitators in the Barotse Flood Plain in Zambia. It was part of a research in development programme known as AAS - "Aquatic Agricultural Systems" - which is being spearheaded by CGIAR and the World Fish Centre. I was so inspired by what I saw and learned and I wanted to share it in a photo-documentary film. With no access to internet, I had a lot of time during the evenings to play around with the movie-maker software. This is the first time I have created something like this - so forgive me if it is a bit amateur!
What is the nature of Constellation's involvement in the AAS Programme?
The Constellation was invited to partner with the World Fish Centre in 3 countries: the Solomon Islands, Bangladesh and Zambia. The Constellation team is made up of Onesmus, Sirinate and Bobby and myself, but of course we draw from the collective knowledge and experience of our Constellation community - all of you.
Our involvement started from the very early stages of scoping and design, including:
What did I learn?
Many things. Mostly that quality support and accompaniment requires a careful balance between letting things flow naturally so that facilitators learn through experience, whilst also being available to offer strategic guidance to ensure good quality outcomes. This careful balance was tricky at times, but believing in the capacity of the facilitators and the approach helped. I also reminded myself that this is not merely a process of "implementation", but part of a bigger cycle of learning, for all involved - the community, the facilitators, the partner and ourselves.
My motto became: "when in doubt, think SALT!"
Enjoy the video!