The creation of local content and the ability to share this content through networks, in both cases facilitated by ICTs, were the focus for this project.
Content was focused on the area of Vocational Training, as this is an area where there has been a transition to private provision, but delivery is patchy. Improved delivery would have clear benefits in improving the livelihoods of the poor through enhanced employment opportunities
East Africa was selected as the region for the study and five collaborators were identified.
Training and facilitation in using digital video was provided through an iterative programme which was based on several workshops providing inputs, reinforcement and feedback.
Collaborators moved from a relatively disengaged and hesitant position towards engagement with the medium and acceptance of its application
Two of the collaborators found problems with sustainable and strategic application of digital video.
A group of three collaborators have developed competencies in application of the medium and have demonstrated positive impacts.
The use of the Internet to promote networking was found to have severe practical limitations and had low acceptance. The rich media being created were handled through offline delivery and networking.
The group of three collaborators have established an apparently sustainable and continuing programme of content creation for vocational training.
The model of regional collaboration is believed to have wider application in local content creation.
BigWorld, Macclesfield, UK, 150 pp.