Remote Participatory Video: Capturing Voices without Filters

Fully booked

Participatory Video is a process where people jointly develop a story and make a film to visualize and discuss an issue that is important for them. By going through the process together, the participants acquire a deep context understanding, capture voices without filters and build a trustful relationship. The process is more important than the final video produced. At the same time, screening the film gives the opportunity to invite others into a meaningful dialogue about the topic.  See the trailer Remote Participatory Video – a space for the unheard voices here.

The method replies to the need to work more local and more inclusive in international cooperation – even remotely.  The method can be used among others for assessment, evaluation, research and lobby and advocacy purposes. In this course, you will apply the method and will remotely co-create a video story. A topic with complexity – e.g. behavior change or emotionally touching issues- will be explored and translated into a story. The training ends with a screening and is thus an opportunity for you to apply the method in your workplace right away. 

The online training will take place from 26 October to 4 November 2021 and includes regular breaks. The course is eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in “Locally-led Humanitarian Action”. You will receive further information and registration details in due time via our newsletter. Please note: There will be a final screening session of 2 hours, however the date is yet to be determined.


You will learn

how to initiate and how to facilitate a Participatory Video process for dialogue and deep context understanding.

how to apply the method for remote assessments, monitoring and evaluation, research and learning.

about skills in storytelling, filming and interviewing

how to organize a dialogue event with film screening

Target group

Anybody who is looking for new ways of facilitating dialogue and deeper context understanding: Programme officers, monitoring, evaluation and learning professionals, researchers and communication experts working with NGOs and research institutes.

Please note that we encourage participation by teams of 2 individuals working for the same organization. You may indicate your team application in the registration.


9:30 - 12:30

Group Online Session

Please note, that 1-2 additional hours will be required in the afternoon for assignments in pairs

Simon Koolwijk


Simon is a filmmaker who uses film as an engagement and learning tool. He sees filmmaking as a process that increases joint awareness, encourages and deepens participation and helps to accelerate change. For the past ten years he is leading participatory video interventions. Simon has more than 25 years of working experience and is a Certified Professional Facilitator.

Ralf Otto


Ralf has accompanied organisations working in crisis-affected contexts for the past 20 years. His work concentrates on human-centeredness and listening-based approaches to programme design and learning. Ralf is a facilitator and trainer and has been working with film since 2013. He is the co-initiator of the ReflACTION.World initiative, promoting people-centered ways of working.

26.10.2021 - 04.11.2021

15 hours of training

Online Event

Maximum of 12 attendees

40 of 4 required registration for this course. You will be informed after registration. Share this course with friends and colleagues to make sure it will be carried out.

ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.