PhotoVoice worked in partnership as part of a programme designed to understand and address issues relating to Indonesian women affected by migrant work. This project, ‘Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction’, or Mampu, is part of a series of activities designed to help increase access to jobs and social protection, improve conditions for overseas labour migration, and combat violence against women. To help contribute to this programme, PhotoVoice delivered workshops with 24 women affected by migrant work on two Indonesian islands; West Nusa Tenggara (Central Lombok District) and East Nusa Tenggara (Lembata District).
PhotoVoice worked with Christian Aid to train Ghanaian famers in photography. These Ghanaian women and men have used photography to tell the story of their cares, concerns and triumphs as part of a development project aimed at improving their agriculture and incomes. The programme titled MyPharm aimed to help farmers to increase income from their agricultural activities through SMS technology. Ghanaian farmers who live on the outskirts of the central market place are often forced to sell by the roadside and have little or no access to market information. Weather and market information is now sent directly to each farmers’ mobile phone enabling them to price their produce effectively and reducing climate vulnerability.
Ghanaian farmers were given a platform to voice their opinions about the project so they could tell their stories honestly and directly. The farmers over the course of a year took on the role as community monitors and documented their experiences. The PhotoVoice participatory photography project has also been used to help Christian Aid identify the capabilities, risks and actions for future projects.
PhotoVoice worked with DOST, a centre for young refugees and migrants to facilitate photography workshops with young refugees as they began to settle and integrate into the UK. The aim was to help young people see themselves not as refugees, but as ‘New Londoners’. The participants created personalised photo stories about their views and experiences of London. For many of the young people who were struggling with integration, taking photographs was a good way to build up their confidence and express themselves without needing to be able to speak English.