Partners:  AGYI Innovation Fund, Stiftung Entwicklungs-Zusammenarbeit, Starkmacher, InsightShare

‘Vukuzenzele’ is an isiXhosa word that means to wake up and do it for yourself. It is a year long programme focused on community building and equality. The aim is to empower participants to have a sense of agency within their own communities. The project includes workshops in the areas of communication, group leadership and project management and uses the Participatory Video approach as its primary methodology.

The Participatory Video methodology is focused on supporting a community driven response to effect the social change they aspire to. Facilitators teach how to use video equipment through collaborative games and exercises, followed by production skills. This enables participation by anyone regardless of their literacy level, physical ability or age. It brings people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. Following their productions, participants host screenings of their work to engage dialogue within the communities they are working within, and generate collective inputs towards seeking and implementing solutions to their identified concerns.

Alongside the storytelling and video making, much valuable learning occurs, as participants explore team work, leadership, project management, time management, computer literacy, data management, public speaking, event organising, dialogue facilitation and self confidence.

Two months into the programme, the pandemic asked us to radically alter our curriculum, preventing us gathering and driving the learning online. This was a huge challenge to the participatory nature of the learning, providing many challenges as well as unexpected learning opportunities.

Challenges were keeping a sense of connection and trust, inability to experiment with the camera equipment within a group (which increases learning a hundred fold, as participants observe each other’s learning and witness the effects instantaneously), and reduced team work practice. The poor connectivity and data speeds for many of the participants also generated frustration and reduced ability to engage. Opportunities came in learning to engage in online platforms, and increased computer literacy.

What is participatory video?

Meet the participants

Asanda Ndudula

Nolubabalo Bulana

Elona Mteto

Asavela Masheba

Avela Magagasi

Zubair Isaacs

Nokubonga Linda Nonkqayi

Abongile Centane

Films Created





Vegetables used to support the COVID relief efforts

Annual Report 2020 – 2021

| Annual Report | No Comments
Celebrating Community Resilience2020 was a year of responding to the unknown: a life with a new virus that we hadn’t heard of before, a life with more uncertainty and fewer resources, a life with new…
Close up if a light pink flower.

The Pillars of Sustainable Development

| Sustainable Development | No Comments
“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED, 1987) In 1987, the…
Brainstorming board around sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

| Sustainable Development | No Comments
Throughout the world, there is growing awareness that a massive change will need to take place to decrease the disastrous impact we have on both the environment and society due to the unsustainable way we…
Close up of an attractive yellow flower.

Understanding Sustainable Development

| Sustainable Development | No Comments
Sustainable development has become a widespread buzzword often heard in development planning, politics, business, aid agencies, and NPOs. Although it has become popular to acknowledge sustainable development (SD) and its importance, it seems that as…

This project is implemented in the framework of the AGYI Innovation Fund