The results: the Philippines/ Nepal workshop
Chosing the projects
After laying the groundwork, the participants selected the following cases to be documented:
in the Philippines
- When water is not enough: The case of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) in Bohol, the Philippines
- Natural Resource Management (NRM) Implementation: the transition process from CHARM 1 to CHARM 2 (in the Philippines)
- The Ngu Thuy Fish Sauce project, Vietnam
- The knowledge Sharing Workshop series (in general)
- Ensuring food security through promoting village level institutions, in Jharkhand, Khunti, Erkie Block (India)
- Raising the incomes of leasehold forest users groups through medicinal herbs cultivation, in Jumla District, mid-western Nepal
- Provision of irrigation water to Gannile Channel from the Muttetuwegama Channel through a under ground pipeline; Ella Division, Badulla District, Sri Lanka.
- The development of water resources in Kashmir, Pakistan
1. New knowledge on projects
Importantly, lots of valuable information was gathered and organised by each group, and they shared and documented opinions regarding the success or failures of the selected projects. These results were presented by each group.
2. Lessons learned about documentation
Another result was a set of lessons learned and observations about the documentation process itself, including:
- the importance of participation in a documentation process
- the conditions that need to be met
- the difference between a description and an analysis
- the importance of giving one’s opinion
- the importance of including different perspectives, or different opinions
- the need to conclude an article with clear, concise and –above all- “new” ideas.
3. Guidelines for the use of video
Participants also noted learnings regarding the use of videos. In the video session, hey discussed the possibilities and difficulties that practitioners face when trying to use images in a documentation process. Some important lessons:
- videos are not only useful as a way of presenting a final product, but they can also be used as part of the documentation process, e.g. for interviews, for highlighting someone’s opinion, for asking feedback from other participants.
- we don’t need expensive tools and materials
- we need to assign sufficient time to editing