Development Cooperation Handbook/Stories

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Development Stories
OTVbelweder-front.jpgPlaylist on Youtube

How we produced the videos linked to this handbook

We are narrating here development cooperation stories.
Some of these stories have been used for the Smiling Camera.pngthe Vrinda project Documentary
The numbers (in brackets) refer to the relevant MDG.

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Africa[edit]

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Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngCommunity Tourism - Number2 River - (7) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngEmergency Surgical Hospital - Goderich - (4) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngMothers Preparing Mothers - Susan and Cline Bays (1) (5) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngUnsustainable Growth - Kono Town (7) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngWomen as Entrepreneurs - Petifu Chain (3) Film-Camera.pngplaylist

India[edit]

Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngA contagious joy transmitting health to children - (4) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngMillennium Village Project - Jharkhand (1) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngLearning to Share Learning - The KFI Story (2), (6) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngCorporate Social Responsibility - Bengaluru, (2) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngEmployment as a Right - Varanasi (1) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngGreen Hands - Coimbatore (7) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngLiving with Dignity - Kolkata (6) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngResponsible Development - Varanasi (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngRight to Learn - Sarnath (2) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngWeaving Empowerment - Almora (3) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist

Lebanon[edit]

Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngDiffusing Conflicts - South Lebanon (8) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngHeritage and Community - Baalbek (8) Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngPeer to Peer Education Network on HIV/AIDS Prevention (6) Film-Camera.png ⇒ [ playlist]

Syria[edit]

Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngValuing Water - Damascus (7) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngCounselling Centres for Women - Damascus (5) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngVillage Business Incubator - Latakkia (3) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngImproving Schools and Learning Environment - Damascus (2) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngYouth & Heritage - Sweida (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngPreservation and Development - MAM - Damascus (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngMoving Hopes - Damascus (4) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngSyrian Television - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngBESP - Business Environment Simplification Program (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngSKILLS - Training Young Syrian Journalists (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist

Colombia[edit]

Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngLos derechos de la hospitalidad para las personas sin hogar - Bogotà (1) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngParticipación y empoderamiento - Barrio Villas Del Sol - Territorio de Derechos (2) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngCommunity at Work - Ciudad Bolivar - Jan Pablo II (1) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngMuisca Indigenous Heritage - (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist
Clannad After Story Episode Icon.pngDesplazados - Santander (8) - Film-Camera.pngplaylist


The documentary approach

Tools[edit]

Swiss sknife.pngList of things to do in order to illustrate a project


When we think about development projects we think of objectives and achievements. So many hospitals built … so many teachers trained … so many villages electrified … and so on, so forth. Achieving objectives is, of course, important. But there is something else we need to say. It is the human story, the passion that drives cooperation workers, the joy - or frustration – they feel when they succeed - or fail - to bring more justice to the excluded.

We need to reveal the challenges. How are local communities utilizing infrastructures created for them? Do they agree with the information they receive? Was, what donors gave away, really what receivers wanted?

While collecting stories of the work in progress for the Millennium Goals, we learned that no-one can bring freedom to others. Empowerment cannot be "given". Like we cannot “deliver” education. Nor can we “buy” participation.

Each one has to lead one's potential out of oneself. But, in order to recognize and express our potential, we need a society that does not marginalize and exclude. We need a healthy communication climate, where differences are respected and valued. We need freedom from mistrust and indifference.

Only then, can we act in a reciprocally empowering process: because we acknowledge that, in order to fully realize ourselves, we need the self realization of the others.