Building Inclusive Civil Societies with, and for, Young People in 5 Post-Conflict Countries

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Abstract

The legacy of internal conflict, violence, even genocide poses one of the most intractable obstacles to development in post-conflict states. The on-going lack of resolution of the past is often a very significant factor in the marked fragility of any development gains in such countries. Our project investigates the efficacy of civil society organisations (CSOs, including museums, heritage organizations, community participatory arts and activist groups) in promoting social reconciliation and respect for equality and human rights in the aftermath of conflict in 5 countries from across the DAC list of ODA recipients and from the OECD list of 'fragile states': Colombia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo and South Africa.

Over the last 40 years, these countries have had to confront the material consequences of their violent pasts. Each has a very different relationship to this past, from Colombia, where the processes of reconciliation are only just beginning, to Cambodia where the violence of the Khmer Rouge has passed into history and yet its memory continues to shape contemporary society. The international development community and donor states have invested heavily in the work of CSOs supporting reconciliation initiatives, particularly focussed on children and young people - a disproportionately large part of the population due to the effects of past violence on their parents' generation. This demographic imbalance is often exacerbated by the long-term impact of a wide range of social issues (e.g. HIV/AIDs in South Africa, on-going visa restrictions in Kosovo). CSOs are invariably considered 'an essential component of peace-building work' (Zelizer 2003). For example, the role of community theatre in Rwanda is often cited in efforts to support transitional justice, similarly the growth of inter-ethnic musical groups in post-war Kosovo. Such initiatives can have immediate, therapeutic impact for participants. They are also often considered to play an important role in the building of stable institutions, and stronger societies, raising awareness of human rights in the face of weak state structures. However, given the lack of resources generally available in CSOs and the focus of colleagues in international development on the frontline delivery of services to the communities they support, there is only a weak research evidence base for the efficacy of these interventions.

Building on our previous GCRF projects, we will deliver the first large-scale comparative study of CSO practice across a range of post-conflict societies, confronting the challenge of building strong institutions for the delivery of social justice for young people. We will begin by undertaking a critical review of current work by CSOs across these countries, in order to highlight innovative practice, as well as areas that require further investigation. This will lead to 5 'proof of concept' pilot projects, based on lessons learnt from this review. Our initial R&D phase will then lead to the commissioning of 2 rounds of projects, one aimed at ECRs, one at colleagues at all career stages.

Adopting quantitative and qualitative, co-production and action-research methodologies, we will work in partnership with researchers at HEIs and IROs across these 5 countries, locally-based CSOs, the British Council (BC) and its in-country network of partners, as well as other international development organisations (including UNICEF, UNESCO, Hope and Homes for Children, Plan International, Salzburg Global Seminar, PAX). We will develop new methods, case studies and practical toolkits, for engaging children and young people with the many ways that violent national pasts continue to impact on their communities and countries. In the process we seek to make a significant intervention both on the ground and at policy level across and beyond our 5 case-study countries.

Planned Impact

This project has been designed in collaboration with our partners to ensure genuine, long-term sustainable impact at 3 levels:
1)Communities: Our most immediate impact will be on the communities we will support to directly effect change in young peoples' lives. In Cambodia our research will help DC-Cam to develop new tools to generate intergenerational dialogue between former victims and perpetrators of Khmer Rouge violence, as well as their children. Similarly, in Rwanda, our work with community-arts organisations will focus on the on-going process of reconciliation and dialogue between Hutu and Tutsi communities, and in Kosovo we will explore ways that artistic practice can facilitate understanding between the Serbian and Albanian community in some of the countries most rural communities. In South Africa we will work with the Bishop Simeon Trust and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation (SAHGF) to investigate how the lessons of the Holocaust and past genocides can be used to challenge xenophobia amongst young people today. Finally, in Colombia our project will develop new methods for CSOs to support the urgent need to reintegrate communities of young people, not least child soldiers, back into mainstream society. These initiatives will provide 'proof of concept' projects for two further sets of projects, to be commissioned during Strand 2, that will support further communities across and beyond these 5 ODA-recipient countries.

2)CSOs: The project is designed to support CSOs to reflect upon their practice, providing international networking and support opportunities for practitioners. The CSOs with whom we will be working have a wealth of area-based experience. However, opportunities are frequently limited for such organisations to learn from each other, or for them to undertake a longer-term review of their work, given their focus on the direct delivery of support to communities on the ground. Our particular focus, which has been identified as a key need by all our in-country partners, is on how CSOs have sought to deal with the legacy of past violence and its impact on the issues facing young people in these societies, be it the work of Stacion in Prishtina or the National Commission for Historical Memory in Colombia.

The British Council (BC) will be a key partner in this regard. Our project will allow BC to reflect upon its own practice in ODA recipient countries, aimed specifically at the development of civil society. It will also allow for the project's research findings, and the practical materials it will produce, to be disseminated across the BC's global network of community-based partner organisations, ensuring the project has a significant impact beyond the organisations we will be working with during Strand 1. This will further be enhanced by a number of international development organisations that will take part in Strand 2 of the project (e.g. UNICEF, UNESCO, Hope and Homes for Children, Plan International, Salzburg Global Seminar, PAX).

3)Policy Level: This will be twofold. First, one of the envisaged outputs of our research will be the development of new approaches to child-led advocacy, designed to help the children and young people we will support to have their voice heard within their local communities in order to improve the services designed to help them. Second, the project will enhance the efforts of our partners to engage regional and national policy makers. Through the government connections within our network of academic and CSOs (e.g. UK contacts with DIFID, the BC, the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at UFS, AEGIS Trust, Hope and Homes for Children, UNESCO etc.) and supported by a major event to be organised in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar, we will engage policymakers at a regional and national level. In the process, this will also give policymakers access to a substantial research base, significantly enhancing the effectiveness of their work.

Organisations

Publications

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Title 'Behind the Bully' - by the Ncedo-Thuso Youth Committee 
Description The youth committee candidates from Ncedo Thuso wanted to explore the universal issue of bullying. Bullying is undoubtedly an issue that links the experiences of youths all over the world. However these youths wanted to acknowledge the other side of the story. They understand that although bullying cannot be justified, there are always two sides to the story. Therefore they chose to explore the home factors that can cause a youth to become a bully. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Ncedo-Thuso advocacy event as well as the final celebration event. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. 
URL https://vimeo.com/217641417
 
Title 'Discrimination: Nqobile's Story' - by the Repheleng Youth Committee 
Description This is one of the films that was created by participants after our discussions about discrimination and xenophobia in South Africa with them. This story is a representation of the real life experiences of one of the group members, which is why they chose to create a film about it. One of the key themes that came up in our discussions, was that of discrimination. However, it soon became obvious that discrimination is not singular, it does not only apply to one specific group of people. Our youths spoke about how they have witnessed the effects of racism, homophobia, gender inequality, xenophobia, (the list goes on...), in their community. Therefore this group felt that they wanted to create a film that would capture how easily discrimination can be felt, through creating a story about a girl with a skin infection. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Repheleng Advocacy event to an audience that was made up of community members as well as members of other Safe Parks. The main feedback that was received about the film was that the local community appreciated the youths ability to express their own opinion on certain issues. The film was also shared online through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. 
URL https://vimeo.com/213831849
 
Title 'Dissecting Discrimination in South Africa' 
Description This film was created by Project Officer, Daniela Wegrostek, in order to summarise the South African project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was screened at the 'Voicing Hidden Histories' Event hosted by the University of Leeds. 
URL https://vimeo.com/247496011
 
Title 'Introducing Leth'iThemba' - by the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description This film was created in order to aid the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee in generating community support for their Safe Park. It shows the work that the Safe Park does as well as it's importance to the undocumented children that are supported by it. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event as well as at the final celebration event. Many of the teachers as well as other community members that watched it noted that they found it informative as they had previously been unsure about the Safe Park's work and its importance. 
URL https://vimeo.com/233276874
 
Title 'Jerry Maseko' - by the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description The youths from the Leth'ithemba safe park wanted to show how teenagers are often subjected to intense pressure from their parents. This is particularly the case in their community where their generation have higher chances of getting into university than their elders had. This film has a strong message for parents who can all too easily isolate their children through their high expectations and pressure to succeed. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event as well as the final celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook Page. This film seemed to widely appeal to many youths in the audience that were in the same age group as they agreed that most of them felt the effects of 'parent-pressure' in some way. 
URL https://vimeo.com/224487702
 
Title 'The Born-Free Generation, Phendulani's Story and Me' 
Description Short participatory documentary about the life of a teenage boy living in a township in South Africa. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been screened in a number of locations, including: The University of Lincoln The University of Bournemouth The University of Leeds SM Online Film Festival, Docs without Borders Film Festival UK Monthly Film Festival, Nominated for the AHRC Research in Film Award Nominated for AHRC Best Social Media Film Award Winner of Best Global Impact Short at Move Me Productions, Belgium Gold Award Winner for Best Documentary Short, Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque 
URL https://vimeo.com/257217658
 
Title 'The Journey of My Life' by the Lethi'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description This story touches on the issues of "Blessers", who are typically older men who sponsor young women with money and gifts mostly in exchange for sex. Young women are often drawn in by such characters, as they can offer a change in lifestyle and an escape from their current situations. However these relationships come with risk, as young women may mistake this exchange for true romantic feelings and end up getting hurt. "the Journey of My Life shows one such example and serves as a warning to young women to not be lured in by the charms of blessers. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event, as well as at the celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. This is another film that was hugely on trend within the South African national narrative as the issue of "blessers"is becoming hugely problematic in society as it leaves many teenage girls as single mothers, infected with HIV and with very little job prospects. Therefore reactions to this seem to indicate a wide approval of the youth committee's desire to engage with this issue. 
URL https://vimeo.com/228191626
 
Title 'Welcome to Bonisiwe' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description Bonisiwe was by far the least developed Safe Park we were working with. The Safe Park itself is situated on land that once belonged to a church, whose Pastor had allowed the Safe Park to run on the land before she passed away. She had also started the construction of a new Church building on the land, which she had promised could be used by Safe Park when it was completed. However, since her passing the construction has stopped, leaving a half completed building with no roof and the Safe Park operating out of a shack and a repurposed shipping container. Therefore the youth committee decided to host an event that would introduce their Safe Park to their community as well as their local Ward Councillor in order to gain donations and support for the building to be completed. In the lead up to the event, they created a short film that would provide this introduction which was screened alongside performances of traditional dance and singing. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was screened at the Bonisiwe advocacy event as well as at the final celebration events. The most notable impact of the advocacy campaign that this film was created for, is that it led to the Safe Park being granted it's own plot of land, so that they will no longer be situated on land that is borrowed from the Church and the children will no longer be endangered by the half completed construction and health and safety issues that come from learning inside a shack. 
URL https://vimeo.com/234283149
 
Title 'When You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description A Short film created by the Youth Committee of the Bonisiwe Field Project in Magagula Heights. These youths felt that sexual abuse is a pressing issue in their community, therefore they wanted to draw attention to it whilst also wanting to give victims the confidence to speak out about what has happened to them. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Safe Park's advocacy event as well as at the final Celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. Feedback to this film indicates that this issue is hugely prevalent in their community (as well as throughout South Africa) and that the youths were on trend in trying to engage it as during our project there were frequently discussions about Intimate Partner Violence in the national media. 
URL https://vimeo.com/214641326
 
Title 'Xenophobia: Shimoni's Story' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description Xenophobia is a highly contentious and prevalent issue in South Africa. The second group of youths from the Bonisiwe Field Project felt that xenophobia can particularly be seen in their community, so they wanted to create a story that drew attention to both sides of this story. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Bonisiwe Adovcacy event as well as the final celebration events. It was also displayed on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook Page. This film has revealed that the youths that we have been working with have a relatively superficial knowledge of xenophobia in South Africa, however it does also reveal one of the main underlying economic tensions between South Africans and other African nationals in South Africa - that of job competition. 
URL https://vimeo.com/214825570
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | A Memory of Romchek Village 
Description Pre-service teachers from Regional Teacher Training Center in Kampong Cham and students from Anlong Veng High School participated in the Anlong Veng Peace and Human Rights Tour. In this film created by participants, they interview people from Romcheck Village about their experiences under the Khmer Rouge regime. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact This video has over 7,500 views across YouTube and Facebook. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-j7VP_fUWU
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | A Shattered Life Experience 
Description Pre-service teachers from Regional Teacher Training Center in Kampong Cham and students from Anlong Veng High School took part in the Anlong Veng Peace and Human Rights Tour. In this film, created by the participants, they interview elders living in Romchek Village about their experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been viewed over 5,400 times across YouTube and Facebook 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbXGFpOo_98
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | If We United 
Description Students from the Royal University of Law and Economics took part in the Anlong Veng Peace Tours and produced this short documentary to showcase historical conversations between the younger generation and the survivors of the war. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been viewed almost 5,000 times across YouTube and Facebook. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byalPKE80ek
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | Khmer Rouge History 
Description Short documentary discussing the history of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the collaboration between Changing the Story and DC-Cam in promoting inter-generational dialogue and reconciliation through participatory film. Extracts from films made by students as part of the Anlong Veng Peace Tours are included in the documentary. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has over 1,100 views 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Gffl0eUUI&feature=youtu.be
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | Leader with two faces 
Description Students from The Royal University of Law and Economics (RUFA) took part in the Anlong Veng Peace Tours and produced this short documentary to showcase historical conversations between the younger generation and the survivors of the war. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film was shared by the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia on their Facebook page, with the following caption: "Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), funded by USAID Cambodia, provided genocide education to #Cambodian teachers and students. This project helps ensure that Cambodia's future generation knows its history and the importance of promoting national peace and reconciliation through the preservation of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge-era historical records." The video has 78,000 views on the Embassy's Facebook page. The video has been viewed close to 20,400 times across the rest of YouTube and Facebook, meaning it has a total of almost 100,000 views. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F99XpuyKb2s
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | The Least Survival 
Description Pre-service teachers from Regional Teacher Training Center in Kampong Cham and students from Anlong Veng High School gathered in took part in the Anlong Veng Peace and Human Rights Tour. In this film, created by the participants, they interview people living in Romchek village about their experiences under the Khmer Rouge regime and the impact it has had on their lives. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has around 6,100 views acorss YouTube and Facebook. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=401eG87NS1M
 
Title Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | The Shrapnel Still in My Body 
Description Students from the Royal University of Law and Economics participated in the Anlong Veng Peace Tours. In this film created by the students, they interview people living in O'Angre Village about their experiences living through the Khmer Rouge Regime, especially focusing on love and marriage. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been viewed close to 7,000 times across YouTube and Facebook 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3b2bHL8_jI
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a Minute, Chaya Herman, University of Pretoria 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Dr Chaya Herman, from the University of Pretoria, talks about her work in Changing the Story, evaluating the international Human Rights Education programme 'The Change Makers' 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 77 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/304002606
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a Minute, Emily Morrison 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Emily discusses her involvement with the Changing the Story Project and our partnership with the British Council. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 306 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/298273994
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a Minute, Paul Cooke, University of Leeds 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Paul Cooke introduces the Changing the Story Project and describes the commissioning process that is underway to support early career researchers to develop new projects to explore the ways in which arts and heritage-based CSOs support young people in post-conflict settings. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 602 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/300348857
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a minute, Edam Agbem, Managing Director at Participatory Development Associates, Ghana 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. In this video, Edem discusses why he thinks its important for academics and development practitioners to have a shared language so that they can work effectively together. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 35 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/303153359
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a minute, Emraan Azad, Bangladesh University of Professionals 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Emraan Azad is an early career researcher, from the Bangladesh University of Professionals. He talks about why he wanted to take part in Changing the Story's project development workshop. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 187 times to date.The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/301396679
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story in a minute, Fiammetta Wegner, Recrear International 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Fiammetta Wegner is a specialist in participatory action research and works with Recrear International. She talks here about what she finds interesting about the Changing the Story project development workshop. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 95 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/301370402
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story, Lethi'themba Rocks 
Description Film made with young people from Lethi'themba Safe Park. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Screened in the Lethi'themba Safe Park to 40 young people on 24/05/2019 and to local councillors, and viewed 25 times to date online. 
URL https://vimeo.com/271570072
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story, t Changing the Story: the Anlong Veng Peace Tours, the Documentation Centre of Cambodia and Participatory Video 
Description On April 18, twelve trainee teachers, including students from Takeo province and three from the local area, themselves children of former Khmer Rouge, participated in the tour. Preparing for the journey to Anlong Veng, the students from Takeo wondered what they would learn from the visit, and what to expect from the tour. Were the former Khmer Rouge residents living in Anlong Veng be so different in their beliefs, attitudes, and culture? Several students had little familiarity - or belief - in the history of the Khmer Rouge in general. The April 2018 Peace Tour also marked a particularly important moment within the wider Changing the Story project. While tour participants had previously been assigned research tasks to draft reports on the history and experiences of local residents, the April 2018 tour was the first deployment of participatory film-making methods as a means for students to explore the stories of local residents and former Khmer Rouge. Working in groups of four, the student-teachers were trained in the use of audio-visual equipment 'on-site', identifying key themes and questions for their films to explore, before conducting interviews and capturing footage of key sites in the area. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 127 times to date. The 'multiplication' effect of the participatory-film making approach is significant: the trainee-teachers will be able to incorporate their films within their own teaching as they return to their schools. The experiences of the trainee teachers on the tours, as they take ownership of the production of learning resources about the Khmer Rouge history, promises to be a fruitful avenue for promoting dialogue, intergenerational memory and understanding of the Khmer Rouge regime, especially as the perspectives and experiences of stigmatised lower-level Khmer Rouge are taken seriously. While sensitive to the need to avoid any moral equivocation of different experiences of harm, for DC-Cam and the Anlong Veng Peace Center, reconciliation involves, at least, understanding and acknowledging that lower-level former Khmer Rouge living in Anlong Veng also suffered, themselves experiencing evacuation, starvation, and separation from their family members and relatives at points too. 
URL https://vimeo.com/268822879
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story, the Kosovo strand 
Description Film made during CTS career development event at British Council, 25-26/10/2018. Dr Nita Luci from the University of Prishtina and Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers from Bournemouth University talk about the Kosovo project strand of changing the story, where they are exploring the potential of arts education as a tool to engage with the country's difficult heritage. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 168 times to date. The workshop facilitated the development of an international network of researchers and practitioners working in conflict-affected settings. 
URL https://vimeo.com/300846491
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Mobile Arts for Peace video for International Women's Day 2019 
Description Video promoting International Women's Day 2019 and #BalanceforBetter made by Mobile Arts for Peace, the arm of Changing the Story in Rwanda. Video showcases the achievements of gender equality in Rwanda. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video was released on 07/03/2019, and so it is too early to gauge the impact. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/MAPRwanda/videos/255930072027084/?t=0&_rdc=1&_rdr
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and Genocide to make Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 
Description Film produced disseminating the findings from CTS network meeting at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, May 2018. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Viewed 42 times to date. Film has disseminated the findings from the CTS network meeting at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, May 2018, including reflections on the usefulness (or otherwise) of of arts and heritage interventions with young people to confront traumatic pasts. 
URL https://vimeo.com/274273036
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Showreel for potential participants 
Description Showreel of the Changing the Story (Building Inclusive Civil Societies) project, giving an overview of the project for potential participants. It shows how the methodologies of the CTS project have been used to engage young people across the world. Features excerpts of films made with the CTS project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact 39 views to date. This film is used to explain what we've been doing with film in CTS. It shows how the methodologies of the CTS project have been used to engage young people across the world. This film has been screened in Hebden Bridge Town Hall (15 February 2019), the University of Leeds, during a session for the inequalities research group, 7 March 2019 
URL https://vimeo.com/316284194
 
Title Can the subaltern speak online? 
Description Video overview of Thea Pitman's seminar 'Can the subaltern speak online' edited by Prof. Paul Cooke & Dr. Thea Pitman 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The video has had 97 views and has been shared to further explain the topic by various partners involved. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTudoYtvnME
 
Title Changing the Story: the Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | Khmer Rouge History 
Description Prof. Paul Cooke's film made during Prof. Cooke and Dr. Peter Manning's visit to the Anlong Veng Peace Center, after leading a participatory video workshop with DC-Cam and students from the Anlong Veng Peace Tours that took place in April 2018. The film features interviews with the staff, extracts from the student films and documentation of the filmmaking process. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been shared by all partner and was screened in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the international conference 'Mobilising Histories' (see events section). 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Gffl0eUUI
 
Title Co-Op Foundation: Editing your Video 
Description Film made as training material for the Co-Op Foundation, who have taken up the CTS approach to participatory video as part of their approach to M&E for their recent commissioning round for projects on youth loneliness. This project was supported by the co-op and Leeds and did not use any GCRF funding. It represents the wider impact of the CTS methodologies on engaging young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 37 times to date. This video represents the influence of the CTS project on other organisations. It helped the Co-Op to develop a new evaluation strategy. 
URL https://vimeo.com/308796897
 
Title Co-Op Foundation: Filming your Video 
Description Film made as training material for the Co-Op Foundation, who have taken up the CTS approach to participatory video as part of their approach to M&E for their recent commissioning round for projects on youth loneliness. This project was supported by the co-op and Leeds and did not use any GCRF funding. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 39 times to date. This video represents the influence of the CTS project on other organisations. It helped the Co-Op to develop a new evaluation strategy. 
URL https://vimeo.com/308713739
 
Title Co-Op Foundation: Planning your Video 
Description Film made as training material for the Co-Op Foundation, who have taken up the CTS approach to participatory video as part of their approach to M&E for their recent commissioning round for projects on youth loneliness. This project was supported by the co-op and Leeds and did not use any GCRF funding. It represents the wider impact of the CTS methodologies on engaging young people. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Viewed 32 times to date. This video represents the influence of the CTS project on other organisations. It helped the Co-Op to develop a new evaluation strategy. 
URL https://vimeo.com/308796829
 
Title DRAFT Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and Genocide to make Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 
Description Video reflection and overview of the Mobilising Histories workshop, led by Prof. Stuart Taberner, the University of Pretoria (South Africa Co-I for Changing the Story), and the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) took place 21-22 May 2018 at JHGC. It brought together a number of projects funded by the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), including the Changing the Story and the Mobilising Multidirectional Memory projects, that focus on arts-based interventions in building greater resilience and a human-rights culture in post-conflict societies. The video was filmed and edited by Prof. Paul Cooke, University of Leeds and is available on social media. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact TBC 
URL https://vimeo.com/274273036
 
Title Online photography exhibition of Apr 2017 Anlong Veng Peace Tours 
Description The Documentation Centre of Cambodia took a series of photographs documenting the week-long Anlong Veng Peace Tour in April 2018 in Anlong Veng, where Changing the Story members Prof. Paul Cooke, Dr. Peter Manning and Dr. Ly Sok-Kheang were combining this with a participatory video project for the tour students to support the ongoing tours. The tours are funded by USAID, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The online exhibition (via google photos) was shared widely with funding partners. 
URL https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOcTqZRjbHPbrTPnQ4gUJA0TOgrX0Hp2PFIgajyQnEU7PdbOGgkVI8mXU55HCmU...
 
Title Sinethemba Makanya music performance 
Description As part of our celebration event for the project, one of our key South Africa partners - musician and theatre practitioner Sinethemba Makanya - gave a short interactive musical performance prior to introducing their films. it was performed at The Carriageworks Studio Theatre as part of the event. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Audiences commented that the presence of live performance in the celebration event by the partners involved influenced the way they understood how and why the films had been made and the approach the project had taken. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/worldcinemasatleeds/photos/?tab=album&album_id=709512039243027
 
Title That was nice but so what? Participatory Arts and Sustainable Development 
Description The film was edited and produced by Prof. Paul Cooke and summarises the discussions, presentations and key issues raised in our Sadler seminar "Participatory Arts, International Development and National Cultural Identities". 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film has been a useful tool in providing future prospective partners or collaborators with an overview of our projects and priorities with regards to this subject. 
URL https://vimeo.com/221717410
 
Title Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy & International Development 
Description A short film providing an overview of the activities and outcomes that have happened with groups in South Africa, India and Brazil as part of the Voicing Hidden Histories project. Password for viewing (this will be made public in the New Year): VHH17 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Film premiered at Leeds International Film Festival as part of the 'Activist Film conference' coorganised by LIFF, Radical Film Network and UoL which is listed in the official brochure. 
URL https://vimeo.com/241709406
 
Title Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development 
Description This film, which features footage from the films created by each group as well as interviews with project members, was edited by Prof. Paul Cooke to provide an overview of the Voicing Hidden Histories project and outputs. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film was screened at Leeds International Film Festival, and has also been screened internationally. 
URL https://vimeo.com/241709406
 
Description We are still at an early stage of delivery of this project. However, one thing that quickly became clear was that we needed to radically interrogate all the key terms that we had used to initially conceptualise our project. The starting point for our research was a comparative analysis of practice in 5 post-conflict countries: Colombia, Cambodia, Kosovo, South Africa and Rwanda. These were chosen because they all have very different and distinct relationships to their particular moment of conflict: both politically and temporally. With the regard to the latter, we were interested in looking at how CSO practice changes as the moment of conflict moves further into the past, from Colombia, where the peace treaty had just been signed between the government and the Farc rebels, to Cambodia, where the high point of the Khmer Rouge's power was in the 1970s. Very quickly, however, it was obvious that none of these societies we were looking at could, in fact, be seen straightforwardly as 'post conflict', their violent pasts still very much shaping the day-to-day reality of young people living there today. Equally problematic were other terms that we had used to design our project, be that 'reconciliation', 'civil society', or even 'international development', all of which can, and at times are, understood as neo-colonial impositions on the Global North by the Global South. As Alejandro Castillo-Cuellar, our Colombia-based co-investigator puts it (with reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals'): 'How can we talk about sustainable development goals when the very concept of "development" is understood as a form of violence against indigenous communities in South America?' Who 'owns' the terms being used is key, and coming to a genuinely shared understanding of the meaning of these terms is central to the success of any project. However, this takes time and can be difficult to achieve. Moreover, there can also be other important factors at work beyond the immediate project that also need to be understood and negotiated. One of our South African partners, the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, for example, has developed the 'Change Makers Programme' (CMP). This is a human-rights education programme that uses a series of case studies, relevant to the particular context of delivery, in order to support youth-leadership development, promote pluralism and tackle extremism. There have been several iterations of this project across South Africa, supported by Changing the Story, and it is currently also being adapted to Nigeria, Senegal, Mozambique and Gambia. Taking as its starting point the history of the Holocaust, CMP works with local partners to co-produce new content relevant to the context. Here the programme has to be flexible, in order to develop appropriate content. At the same time, CMP also has to work within a long and well-honed pedagogical tradition of Holocaust education that it must be careful not to flout (e.g. avoiding students producing first-person re-imaginings of holocaust 'experience' rather than relying on testimony or other primary sources). Much of our time in the initial phase of the project has involved coming to a nuanced understanding of our core research terms. At the same time, we can never forget our ethical responsibility to act, to use our funding to try to 'change the story' of the many thousands of vulnerable young people our partners engage with every day.
Exploitation Route We hope our research will be of benefit to the communities with whom we are working and also to policy makers at regional, national and transnational levels.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk
 
Description Over the course of Year 1, the Changing the Story team has undertaken 5 critical reviews of current youth-focussed participatory arts and heritage work, looking at the work of around 200 programmes across our 5 case-study countries. This has led to the development and delivery of 5 'proof of concept' projects that have collectively engaged over 400 young people in a series of innovative pilot projects exploring the legacy of the past on their everyday lives. In each context, we have investigated how such work is shaped by the specific legacy of conflict, on the one hand, and by the type of organisation we have been working with, on the other (which are of different sizes and operate in a variety of socio-political contexts). In Colombia, we have worked with young people in isolated communities that tend to eschew engagement with formal CSOs (e.g. along the Atrato river on the pacific coast). Here we have supported informal groups to produce 'sonic biographies', the aim of which has been to find new ways of challenging mainstream international development discourses and generating community debates that can support young people to 'imagine' new, post-conflict identities for themselves. In Kosovo, we have been working with organisations that, although of a larger scale than the groups in Colombia, are often similarly critical of state-endorsed organisations. Here the focus has been on the work of artists, who have themselves driven the co-production of a proof of concept project, alongside academics from a range of disciplines (social work, social anthropology, history, politics, sociology, IR). In this case, the aim has been to explore how different artistic practices can support active engagement with young people in 'hard to reach' communities. In Rwanda, the approach to exploring art practices is similar to Kosovo. However, here the team has developed the 'Mobile Arts for Peace' project, to support more formal institutions, exploring the extent to which participatory arts can be used to develop a national 'creative curriculum' for Rwandan schools that can, in turn, support critical reflection on the past. Here we have been working in partnership with the Rwanda Board of Education. In Cambodia we have also been in partnership with policy actors (DC Cam) to investigate how participatory methods can both challenge monological readings of Cambodia's past, and enhance the skills offered by DC Cam's national teacher- training programme. Finally, in South Africa the project has developed a more explicitly comparative dimension than in other strands, through its work with the 'Change Makers Programme' (CMP). This is a human-rights education programme, created in partnership with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and Aegis Trust, that uses a series of case studies, relevant to the particular context of delivery, to support youth-leadership development in order to promote pluralism and tackle extremism. This project is being rolled out across and beyond the country. Thus, we have also explored how the CMP methodology can be adapted to Nigeria, Senegal, Mozambique and Gambia. Along side this we have developed our work with the Bishop Simeon Trust to develop their youth leadership programme. This is now being rolled out nationally in partnership with the South African National Association of Child Care Workers. In addition to this work, we have run three major international conferences, in Leeds, Johannesburg and London. These have provided invaluable spaces for reflection on the project's core research findings and dissemination of work in progress. The most recent of these was an early career researcher event that we delivered in partnership with the British Council. This focussed on the co-production of a funding call for grants up to £30K, for which participants are currently applying. We received 106 applications to attend the workshop from eligible colleagues based in 34 different countries, interested in working in 50 different ODA post-conflict countries. 58% of applicants were based in ODA countries. Results from our work are beginning to appear in print. This includes an edited volume, Participatory Arts in International Development (ed. by Cooke and Soria-Donlan, Routledge, 2019). We have also produced numerous blogs and films, available on our project website (changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk). One of our films (Phendulani https://vimeo.com/257217658) has been nominated for and won several awards. We have invested significant effort this year into developing our digital presence, seeking to embed our work within a wider network of academics, NGOs, CSO and policy makers. This is part of our broader effort to connect Changing the Story with cognate projects, drawing out synergies, and sharing learning across and beyond the AHRC's GCRF portfolio. Thus, again in partnership with the British Council, we organised a meeting for a number of GCRF projects to explore ways of working more closely together. We look forward to developing this strand of work during the rest of the project.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Changing the Story, Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia: influence on teacher training
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Cambodia strand of Changing the Story works in partnership with the Documentation Center of Cambodia on the delivery of the Anlong Veng Peace Tours. The Peace Tours have principally focused on engaging trainee pre-service teachers in Cambodia, to educated them about the legacies of genocide and issues of reconciliation, through engagement with members of a stigmatised Khmer Rouge community. Through Phase 1 of the CTS involvement, participatory film-making methods have been introduced as a learning strategy on the tours, training and encouraging participants to elicit and produce their own films about experiences of the Khmer Rouge regime from within the Anlong Veng community. The programme promotes critical reflection by teachers trained through the DC-Cam peace tours - where the introduction of situated participatory filmmaking has identified a need to improve the critical reflection skills of trainee teachers in the country, thereby allowing them to transfer these skills to the students they teach. The Tours have trained over 50 trainee teachers in new participatory film making approaches, producing learning materials that can be used to enhance genocide education as they 'multiply' their learning when they return to teach elsewhere in the public school system. One of the trainee teacher groups' participatory film outputs, Leader with Two Faces, was shared on the US Embassy of Phnom Penh's Facebook page as an example of good practice, where it was viewed more than 78,000 times. Overall, the Cambodia film outputs have to date reached digital audiences of over 132,000, demonstrating the relevance and interest in such projects and their stories. Our aim, over the next year, is to consolidate these resources and findings for use and uptake in packages of accessible classroom resources, as well as offering our findings to civil society organisations in Cambodia working on cognate themes of historical dialogue and youth engagement.
URL https://vimeo.com/268822879
 
Description Changing the Story, Mobile Arts for Peace: development of teacher resource manual
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) is a project of Changing the Story in Rwanda. Through a programme of activities, 10 cultural artists trained 25 educators through a 'Training of Trainers' event, who went on to train 62 teachers at their own schools. These teachers have impacted 526 young people through MAP activities. A key production was the MAP handbook of participatory arts exercises, produced in English and Kinyarwanda. This manual has been disseminated to partnering organisations and has been validated by the Rwandan Education Board (REB)
URL http://www.irdp.rw/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MAP-Stakeholder-pict.pdf
 
Description Changing the Story, Mobile Arts for Peace: partnership with Rwandan Education Board (REB)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) is a project of Changing the Story in Rwanda. This has been created in response to a need identified by our main policy partner, the Rwandan Board of Education (REB), as well as artists and CSO practitioners, to scale up cultural, artistic and peace-promotion activities, in order to fill a gap in the national curriculum. MAP has influenced the national curriculum framework in Music, Dance and Drama. This has been achieved through curriculum and textbook development and MAP alignment with already existing REB training; schools now hold copies of the MAP manual in both English and Kinyarwanda, and the teachers who have been trained are training other teachers it is application.
URL http://www.irdp.rw/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MAP-Stakeholder-pict.pdf
 
Description Changing the Story, Young Changemakers Programme: dissemination to other countries
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Changemakers Programme is a project of Changing the Story in South Africa. It is a human-rights education programme, created in partnership with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation and Aegis Trust, that uses a series of case studies, relevant to the particular context of delivery, to support youth-leadership development in order to promote pluralism and tackle extremism. The programme involves a number of arts and drama-based activities, including exhibition-making, role-play and poster design. The team developed three case studies to be used as part of the programme - the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Apartheid regime in South Africa and the Holocaust (in each case using an example from outside the region to provide a different perspective on the histories that participants will know well) - to create a leadership programme for young people (aged 16-18). Through this programme learners acquire key vocabulary to describe issues around extremism and to develop critical thinking skills, all of which are rooted in using the past to cast new light on participants understanding of the present, to support youth-leadership development in order to promote pluralism and tackle extremism. As a result of the engagement with Changing the Story, versions of CMP are currently being developed in Mozambique (where the team is working with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation) and in Nigeria (where it is working with the American University of Nigeria) and CTS has explored how the methodology can be adapted to Senegal and Gambia.
 
Description Land provided to Bonisiwe Safe Park
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bonisiwe Safe Park is a partner organisation of Bishop Simeon Trust (and a fieldwork site for this project) based in the township Magagula Heights in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was by far the least developed Safe Park that we have been working with, in terms of facilities as well as general resource. The Safe Park supports around 100 children of all ages by offering them a nutritious meal and a space to do their homework after school. The Safe Park currently runs out of a makeshift shack and container that are situated on the outskirts of its community, on land that has been borrowed from the Church. Over 10 years ago, the Church began the construction of a small building on the plot of land that was to be for their use. The previous Pastor of the Church had promised Patricia, the founder and manager of Bonisiwe, that she would be able to have access to this building for the Safe Park. However the Pastor passed away shortly after the construction began, and after her passing the building was never completed. As the years have passed, the Church has become more eager to reclaim their land and the future of the Safe Park has become uncertain. As you will see, this was the main concern of the youths that we worked with. They felt that it was their right to have access to a safe space that they could attend for their daily meal and extra curricular support, without the fear that this space could be taken away from them at any moment. The films that they created in the first half of the project also touched on other issues that can be found in their communities that they decided they would like to speak out about. The young people we worked with there decided to make their films about this call for land and a space through which to develop the safe park and keep it open. They showcased their films at a public event they organised, where they invited members of the Church and local council. The result was that Bonisiwe Safe Park were allocated a plot of land to build a new youth centre on by the Ekurhuleni local council. The impact of this is various - economical improved services for the young people that access the safe park, further security of the safe park structure (and validation of its practices and value in the community) and significant impact for the young people who campaigned for the change in terms of their self-confidence and ability to effect change. (scroll down to section 3/4 of the Yarn link below for more details).
URL http://yarncommunity.com/stories/538
 
Description National Association of Child Care Workers
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Through the advocacy campaings organised by the young people in the safe parks across Johannesburg, where they shared the films they had made and spoke of the main issues they wished to raise awareness and call for change, the Bishop Simeon Trust and University of Leeds are now working with the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in South Africa, who are key lobbyists to the government for the provision of programmes like the Safe Parks programme and developed the Safe Park model currently being replicated across South Africa by over 20 organisations.. As the Safe Parks programme is re-evaluated every 4 years, the NACCW wish to use the films made by the youths to support their campaign to keep the safe parks going and expand them. A new HEFCE follow-on fund, with Prof. Paul Cooke and Dr. Lou Harvey, will be used to support the development of this partnership and shape the future of the Isibindi Safe Park Model nationally and internationally.
URL http://www.naccw.org.za/isibindi/safe-parks
 
Description 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community' AHRC-Funded OWRI Programme
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N004647/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description AHRC: Research Grant
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S005978/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description HEFCE Allocation for Global Challenge Research, University of Leeds
Amount £61,145 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description HEFCE Allocation for Global Challenge Research, University of Leeds
Amount £99,209 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description A Partner in Education 
Organisation A Partner in Education
PI Contribution Mobile arts for peace (Rwanda strand) have shared their methodology and training opportunities with A Partner in Education.
Collaborator Contribution A Partner in Education attended the recent stakeholder meeting in Kigali with policy makers, education and schools representatives and CSOs. They are interested to integrate these approaches into their own curriculum to enhance self-expression, experiential learning and to promote discourses outside predominant government narratives.
Impact English Bwiza article. Impact of participatory arts methodologies to pedagogic approaches to teaching and learning.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Aegis Trust, Rwanda & South Africa 
Organisation The Aegis Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution In the Rwanda strand, Aegis Trust were named as an official CSO partner in the original application. As MAP has developed, it has provided opportunities for Aegis Trust to reflect on and transfer learning to their existing Rwanda Peace Education Programme (RPEP), which they were looking to adapt by including new bottom-up approaches and a more sustainable and localised training model. The development of the MAP methodology has therefore been of great value to them. Aegis Trust has a Peace and Education programme and works closely with the government to influence policy. The evolving partnership with Aegis Trust provides opportunities to link with their Research Hub network of Rwandan early career researchers, to influence their existing Peace and Education curriculum with participatory arts methodologies, and to align training and research opportunities. In the South Africa strand, Aegis Trust have become active partners of the strands project 'The Changemakers Programme'. The project has allowed them to expand a new arm of the changemakers programme to Rwanda, and provided valuable reflection on their own peace education programmes.
Collaborator Contribution In Rwanda, a member of Aegis Trusts' research team was recruited as our PDRA for the project, helping to strengthen relations. Aegis Trust supports a Research Hub http://www.genocideresearchhub.org.rw. In this regard, MAP can work with the Research Hub to offer workshops on research methodologies, particularly in relation to practice-as-research and efforts to connect the views of young people to policy making bodies through policy briefs. Aegis Trust also financed the role-out of the changemakers programme in Rwanda. In the South Africa Strand, the pilot programme of their 'Changemakers Programme' was collaboratively developed by stakeholders from South Africa (the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, as part of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation in South Africa) and Rwanda (Aegis Trust, an organisation working to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity worldwide).As a collaboration between the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, Rwanda's Kigali Genocide Memorial, the Aegis Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar, 'Changemakers' trains its participants to become active upstanders, learning from difficult histories of violence and genocide to create cohesive communities.The programme's development was spearheaded by the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (through its 3 Centres), Aegis Trust, Kigali Genocide Memorial and the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center in Rwanda. In 2018, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) and Aegis Trust became the implementing institutions to launch the programme in Africa.
Impact In Rwanda, project partner Aegis Trust has expressed an interest to integrate the MAP methodology into their Peace and Values education trainings that they have planned for 2019. In south Africa, The Changemakers Programmes' pilot was delivered to high school students and teachers in Johannesburg (at the JHGC with Thabo Secondary School, Soweto) and Rwanda (facilitated by Aegis Trust at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village) in October and November 2017.
Start Year 2017
 
Description American University of Nigeria, P1 SOUTH AFRICA 
Organisation American University of Nigeria
PI Contribution Following the successful evaluation of the pilot programme in South Africa and Rwanda, various countries in Africa including Nigeria, Mozambique, Senegal, the Gambia, Kenya, Central African Republic and South Sudan expressed interest to roll out the programme. Before the roll out, the developers and facilitators of the programme revised the CMP based on the recommendations of the evaluation report.
Collaborator Contribution In July and September 2018, the programme was rolled out in Mozambique (with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) and Nigeria (with the American University of Nigeria) through the "train the trainer" workshops. Dr Kombe, observed these workshops and conducted pre- and post-surveys.
Impact Train the Trainers in Nigeria.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bishop Simeon Trust 
Organisation Bishop Simeon Trust
PI Contribution The UoL team provided funding (through VHH) to allow for the trial and implementation of the film project, film expertise via Prof. Paul Cooke, logistical and facilitation support via the in-country Research Officer Daniela Wegrostek, marketing support via our social media channels and university blogs, and research support via publications and research into participatory video approaches.
Collaborator Contribution Bishop Simeon Trust enabled a vital connection with Themba Interactive, our on-the-ground delivery partners for the South Africa strand of the project. THey provided free venue hire and a work station for our research officer, and gave 200 hours of staff-time in kind. They provided invaluable expertise regarding the context on the ground, as well as experienced facilitators through which we co-delivered the project.
Impact Formal Memorandum of Understanding signed by Bishop Simeon Trust with UoL at the Voicing Hidden Histories celebration event in November 2017. All South Africa outcomes related to this project would not have been possible without this partnership. Further partnership work as BST now also a partner in our newly awarded major GCRF fund 'Changing the Story'. BST are now increasingly using the films we have used (and commissioning Prof. Paul Cooke to create new ones) as part of their marketing and awareness campaigns, helping BST to generate more funds for their work. The film's have also raised awareness of the 'safe parks' that BST/Themba support in South Africa by regional lobbyists who are now keen to work with the films created and the young people that made them to lobby for the continuation of the safe parks in the next round of public funding.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Bournemouth University, Kosovo 
Organisation Bournemouth University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Bournemouth University is the UK Co-Investigator for the Kosovo Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has been provided relevant funding to complete this role. As a member of the wider network, we have also funded them to attend our capacity building events with global partners including in South Africa and the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Schwandner-Sievers is the UK Co-Investigator for the Kosovo Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has led on this strand of research and practice in all regards. Bournemouth University have also successfully received funding for and appointed two PhD Candidate's related to the project, one of which is also a local CSO partner from Kosovo, and their learning and research will be invaluable to wider application of research in the project. She has also lent an invaluable gender focus to the wider project because of the Kosovo strand work, which is encouraging us to focus more broadly on gender and other intersectionalities of youth in the project.
Impact All Kosovo related activities. Multi-disciplinary across Social Anthropology, Gender studies, Arts and Media Studies.
Start Year 2017
 
Description British Council Cultural Skills 
Organisation British Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution British Council is one of our major partners on this project. We provide access for JGFC to an international research network and new research generated through the project, financial support through this grant for the Cultural Skills BC department to conduct new research in Colombia, expanding their research base. More contributions will be generated as the project progresses.
Collaborator Contribution The British Council provide invaluable expertise in managing and nurturing international civil society organisation networks, and hwo to integrate research into practice. They are providing 10,000 of staff and administrative support and were instrumental in the development of this bid and other successful bids since submitted. They will be invaluable as a marketing and awareness tool as the project progresess through their global reach and offices, as well as of the Phase 2 commissioning projects via their country offices. More contributions will be generated as the project progresses.
Impact BC's Research Manager Emily Morrison and Cultural Skills Director Simon Dancey presented a paper at our international conference in November 2017, and are currently drafting a paper for our book on our forthcoming participatory arts and international development. More outputs and outcomes will be added to RF as the project progresses.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Documentation Centre of Cambodia 
Organisation Documentation Center of Cambodia
PI Contribution Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) were our in-country Co-Investigator research organisation and lead Civil Society organisation for our Phase 1 strand, 'The Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia'. As grant partners, we funded a Research Assistant, research time for the DC-Cam Co-Investigator, travel for the Co-I to attend an international workshop in South Africa, and developed DC-Cam's 'Anlong Veng Peace Tours' programme in collaboration with the team through adding a participatory video approach to the existing tours, training staff and participants and providing equipment and editing resources.
Collaborator Contribution DC-Cam worked closely with us to share learning from the Anlong Veng Peace Tours programmes so far, providing staff time, leading programmes with young people on the tours (as per the project agreement), sharing audiovisual resources from their archive, sharing and publicising resulting film outputs from the tours and generally acting as the main research and delivery partner.
Impact All DC-Cam training sessions, tour programmes and resulting videos as listed in the engagement section. Joint publications are forthcoming and will be detailed in the next RF submission.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Hyde Park Picture House 
Organisation Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We funded and co-organised with a Hyde Park producer the 'Film and Activism' event as part of LIFF, and brought international speakers for the event.
Collaborator Contribution Hyde Park provided free venue space for our 'Film and Activism' event, as well as an in-kind contribution to a curator to co-produce the event, and additional marketing support.
Impact Increased engagement of local public in university events, and a more interdisciplinary programme of speakers, including academics and filmmakers from the UK and abroad. Academic event taking place in an inner city area outside of the campus or city centre. The partnership also allowed for Hyde Park to conduct their own research into public perceptions of their building, for which they are currently applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for regeneration.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Mozambique 
Organisation Ministry of Tourism and Culture
PI Contribution Following the successful evaluation of the pilot programme in South Africa and Rwanda, various countries in Africa including Nigeria, Mozambique, Senegal, the Gambia, Kenya, Central African Republic and South Sudan expressed interest to roll out the programme. Before the roll out, the developers and facilitators of the programme revised the CMP based on the recommendations of the evaluation report.
Collaborator Contribution In July and September 2018, the programme was rolled out in Mozambique (with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) and Nigeria (with the American University of Nigeria) through the "train the trainer" workshops.
Impact Event: Train the Trainers in Mozambique
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 
Organisation Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NMMU was our original in-country Co-Investigator partner for the South Africa strand of the project.
Collaborator Contribution Whilst NMMU are no longer involved in the project due to a change in position and capacity of the NMMU Co-Investigator, NMMU Prof. Andre Keet provided valuable insight and expertise at the beginning of the project, as well as providing open access resources for our website.
Impact resources available on the CTS website.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Norwegian Refugee Council, Colombia 
Organisation Norwegian Refugee Council
Country Norway 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Learning from our work in the Pacific Coast of Colombian region will be shared with the refugee council.
Collaborator Contribution Support has been provided by the Norwegian Refugee Council, active in many under-reached areas of Colombia, in accessing indigenous and marginalised groups. In Cali, capital city of Valle del Cauca, particularly the Agua Blanca neighborhood, a section of it called Potrero Grande, the community is crowded with Colombian displaced communities and gangs. We met with transgendered dance clubs, collectives of performers, poets and urban dancers. It is important to say the Potrero Grande is itself the most complex place in Cali. We moved through the networks of youth closed to the research team. Part of the strength of the collaboration structure for the project has been to engage with youth - particularly potential youth leaders - in communities untouched by formal education or formal projects.
Impact Blogs on website. Publications forthcoming in 2019.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 
Organisation Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Sharing of the Changemakers Programme resources and evaluation.
Collaborator Contribution The Salzburg Global Seminar has invested in the Change Makers programme, as has the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (50k total). . The Johannesburg pilot programme in South Africa was funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation - South Africa while in Rwanda it was financed by Aegis Trust.
Impact South Africa strand of the Changemakers programme.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Salzburg Global Seminar 
Organisation Salzburg Global Seminar
PI Contribution Changing the Story will provide a range of outputs, speaker networks and new learning and research through its projects that Salzburg Global can then share as content for their global seminars.
Collaborator Contribution Salzburg Global have committed to disseminate our work in Phase 3 through their prestigious global seminar series, which will also involve considerable online sharing. Through their extensive networks, Salzburg Global will also help us to raise awareness of our Phase 2 commissioning phase and identify potential candidates who can apply.
Impact A representative from Salzburg Global is attending our HGRF Network event in May in South Africa, at which point we expect they can actively be involved in the design, marketing and delivery of Phases 2 and 3.
Start Year 2017
 
Description South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation 
Organisation Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Access for JGFC to an international network of civil society organisations working in similar areas through the project. Financial support through this grant to evaluate and expand their 'Changemakers' project. Availability and funding of international partners to attend JGFC events as part of network activities. Access to research resources through the literature review phase of the project.
Collaborator Contribution JGFC have provided staff and administrative support to the SA strand of the project. They provide invaluable local expertise and a piloted project methodology from which to work from for Phase 1 project activities.
Impact The JGFC are organising our second network meet 21-23 May 2018. It will be an invaluable opportunity for our network to meet with JGFC's network of civil society actors across Africa, as well as to share our project work with JGFC's public networks, who will be attending parts of the workshops. More information will be outlined in the next submission.
Start Year 2014
 
Description UNESCO 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Department Education Sector
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We invited UNESCO's central Youth Development lead to attend our ECR Project Development Workshop as a policy expert and will continue to share learning and practice with her as the project progresses.
Collaborator Contribution UNESCO's central Youth Development lead attended, and was highly engaged, during our ECR Project Development Workshop. In addition to the excellent learning she provided to the attendees as a policy expert, she also offered support to ECRs and their corresponding CSO partners in developing their applications.
Impact Involvement of UNESCO expertise in shaping Phase 2 of the project, meaning more project applications aligned to the UN SDGs. Additionally, there are conversations with UNESCO to use the MAP methodology developed in Rwanda for young people to use the participatory arts as an advocacy tool to inform policy.
Start Year 2017
 
Description United Nations Development Programme 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department United Nations Development Programme
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our Co-Is Dr. Peter Manning and Dr. Ly Sok Kheang and PI Prof. Paul Cooke added additional value to the UNDP part-funded 'Anlong Veng Peace Tours' based at Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), which was the central focus of our Cambodia Phase 1 focus, by developing and adding a participatory video element to the workshops with partners.
Collaborator Contribution The 'Anlong Veng Peace Tours' programme, led by our Co-I Dr. Ly Sok Kheang (Documentation Centre of Cambodia) are part-funded by the UNDP. Through this partnership, UNDP shared resulting video outputs on their social media pages, helping us reach more than 100,000 views (one example of a film shared is below)
Impact - Anlong Veng Peace Tour videos - Multidisciplinary (sociology, arts, film studies, heritage, history, justice & reconciliation)
Start Year 2017
 
Description Universidad de los Andes, Colombia 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ass. Prof. Alejandro Castillejo is the in-country Co-Investigator of our Phase 1 Colombia strand: Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the Arts of Survival in Colombia. As grant partners, we funded a Research Assistant, research time for the DC-Cam Co-Investigator, travel for the Co-I to attend an international workshops, including in South Africa, UK and Cambodia. The other Colombia co-I is Dr. Simon Dancey at Creative & Cultural Skills.
Collaborator Contribution Ass. Prof. Alejandro Castillejo is the in-country Co-Investigator of our Phase 1 Colombia strand: Tales of the Future: Senses, Creativity and the Arts of Survival in Colombia. In addition to fulfilling this role in co-developing the literature review and proof-of-concept project, Alejandro has also provided numerous open-access resources for the Changing the Story website, shared learning with the active network, and will be cohosting an international workshop as part of the project in Colombia in September 2019.
Impact All Colombia related blog posts on the CTS website / All spanish-language resources on the website and numerous open-access papers on the website. Forthcoming publications and event overviews will be provided in the next summary.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Bath 
Organisation University of Bath
Department Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr. Peter Manning, Lecturer in Sociology at University of Bath is the UK Co-Investigator for the Cambodia Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has been provided relevant funding to complete this role. As a member of the wider network, we have also funded Manning to attend our capacity building events with global partners including in South Africa and the UK. Prof. Paul Cooke has also acted as a Participatory Video mentor for Dr. Manning and partners at DC-Cam, and Manning and Cooke are now producing new films together as a result of this partnership.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Peter Manning, Lecturer in Sociology at University of Bath is the UK Co-Investigator for the Cambodia Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has led on this strand of research and practice in all regards.
Impact All Cambodia related outputs listed, as well as involvement in all our international engagement events. Publications are forthcoming and will be listed in our 2020 submission.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Lincoln, Rwanda 
Organisation University of Lincoln
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Ananda Breed, Professor in Theatre at University of Lincoln is the UK Co-Investigator for the Rwanda Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has been provided relevant funding to complete this role. As a member of the wider network, we have also funded them to attend our capacity building events with global partners including in South Africa and the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Breed has lead on all Rwanda strand activities.
Impact All outputs and outcomes related to the Rwanda strand.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Organisation University of Pretoria
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Chaya Herman, University of Pretoria is the in-country Co-Investigator for the Kosovo Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has been provided relevant funding to complete this role. As a member of the wider network, we have also funded them to attend our capacity building events with global partners. We also funded a PDRA from Uni of Pretoria as part of the project.
Collaborator Contribution Prof. Herman is the in-country Co-Investigator for the South Africa Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has led on this strand of research and practice in all regards in collaboration with Prof. Taberner (UK Co-I).
Impact All South-Africa strand related outputs and outcomes.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Prishtina, Kosovo 
Organisation University of Pristina
PI Contribution Ass. Prof. Nita Luci, Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University of Prishtina is the in-country Co-Investigator for the Kosovo Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has been provided relevant funding to complete this role. As a member of the wider network, we have also funded them to attend our capacity building events with global partners including, where visa processes have allowed.
Collaborator Contribution Ass.Prof. Luci is the in-country Co-Investigator for the Kosovo Phase 1 strand of Changing the Story and has led on this strand of research and practice in all regards. She has also lent an invaluable gender focus to the wider project because of the Kosovo strand work, which is encouraging us to focus more broadly on gender and other intersectionalities of youth in the project.
Impact All Kosovo related activities. Multi-disciplinary across Social Anthropology, Gender studies, Arts and Media Studies.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Activist Film Conference - 15 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day of screenings, panels and discussion bringing together activist filmmakers from across the UK and beyond. Hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at University of Leeds, and working with the Radical Film Network, this event seeks to ask why and how we make activist films, from conception to dissemination, and asks what we can learn from each other to keep producing change. Event in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival. Featured films from across UK and Latin America.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-day-2-activist-film-conference/
 
Description Anlong Veng Peace Tours - April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact On April 18, twelve trainee teachers, including students from Takeo province and three from the local area, themselves children of former Khmer Rouge, participated in the Anlong Veng Peace Tour, part of the Phase 1 Cambodia strand of Changing the Story. The April 2018 Peace Tour also marked a particularly important moment within the wider Changing the Story project. While tour participants had previously been assigned research tasks to draft reports on the history and experiences of local residents, the April 2018 tour was the first deployment of participatory film-making methods as a means for students to explore the stories of local residents and former Khmer Rouge. Working in groups of four, the student-teachers were trained in the use of audio-visual equipment 'on-site', identifying key themes and questions for their films to explore, before conducting interviews and capturing footage of key sites in the area. The 'multiplication' effect of the participatory-film making approach is significant: the trainee-teachers will be able to incorporate their films within their own teaching as they return to their schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/05/16/changing-the-story-whose-stories-and-why/
 
Description Anthropology students workshop 27 Oct 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Paul Cooke taught a Level 3 Anthropology class - designed to draw on the learning from the Voicing Hidden Histories project, in particular the work in South Africa. The class had around 30 students and consisted of a half day workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Arts & Development Seminar at LIFF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day-long seminar hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds and in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), reflecting on learning, opportunities and challenges regarding the relationship between participatory arts and international development. The seminar featured an international, interdisciplinary mix of panels with distinguished academics, policy makers, artists and practitioners from across the world. Funded by the AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Project partners from both 'Voicing Hidden Histories', 'Challenging Xenophobia' and 'Changing the Story' presented papers and engaged in discussion and networking, along with other practitioners, academics, activists, postgraduate students and general public members in attendance. A full programme can be found in the link below.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-day-1-academic-seminar/
 
Description Blogpost by Atish Indrekar as part of Changing the Story's #YoungChangemakers series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Budhan Theatre member and Director of film outputs of this project, Abhishek Indrekar, wrote a blogpost for Changing the Story about his work as a young activist filmmaker in India and why he felt art and young people's voices were important in creating change. The blogpost was shared via Twitter, Facebook and via the university's social media networks too.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/02/13/sharing-indias-hidden-history/
 
Description Cambodia | Peace and Human Rights Study Tour April 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Twelve trainee teachers participated in the Peace and Human Rights Study. This was the first tour that utilised the participatory film-making methods to allow students to explore the stories of local residence and former members of the Khmer Rouge. Participants worked in groups of four and were trained in the use of audio-visual equipment 'on-site'. They identified key themes and questions for their films to explore, and then conducted interviews and captured footage of key sites in the area. The 'multiplication' effect of the participatory-film making approach is significant: the trainee-teachers will be able to incorporate their films within their own teaching as they return to their schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/05/16/changing-the-story-whose-stories-and-why/
 
Description Changing the Story & Voicing Hidden Histories selected for UoL Research Brochure representing the Culture theme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Changing the Story and Voicing Hidden Histories were selected to be featured as part of the representation of the #Culture strand research theme in UoL's 2018-19 postgraduate research brochure. The brochure is still in print.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Changing the Story Twitter Page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have set up a project twitter account - @Changing_Story_ In it's first four months the channel has had the following statistics: 316 followers (as of 9 March 2018) / tweeted 121 times / 64,795 twitter impressions / 1,950 profile visits / 39 mentions. The account has also allowed us to identify new ways of engaging with new audiences, such as the PeaceDirect online consultation about civil society organisations in international development. These statistics will be updated in the next RF round.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/Changing_Story_
 
Description Changing the Story featured in UoL Undergraduate prospectus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Changing the Story were selected to be a featured project in the UoL 2018-19 undergraduate prospectus as a case study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/download/340/undergraduate_prospectus_2017
 
Description Changing the Story website - Resources Pages 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Changing the Story website is developing a bank of open-access resources that are of relevant to researchers, practitioners and Civil society organsation's working across our 5 target countries and beyond. Partners have noted the value of the pages and the sharing of these resources has also gained significant support (retweeting etc.) when shared via our twitter channels. The resources page is also encouraging other project partners to engage more directly with the sharing of their current and previous work in the public realm, which is valuable both for the growth of open access research as well as the transformation and relevance of research into practical resources for those on the ground.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/resources/
 
Description Changing the story website - #YoungChangemakers series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The #YoungChangemakers is a blog series of Changing the Story which invites young people leading alternative actions for civil society building in ODA-recipient countries to be a guest blogger on our website and share with us and the public their thoughts on the work they do, why they think youth voice is important, and what advice they have for other young people wishing to make change. The series has had positive engagement in Twitter and has also been referenced extensively by other University of Leeds research social media profiles (eg. Open Research Leeds). We believe that the opportunity for young people from often vulnerable backgrounds to speak freely via an academic platform about their work and their belief in youth voice is empowering and may also help to change the way in which research narratives are shared online. The series is also helping us to create (again mainly through its promotion via social media channels) new connections with other young people participating in or interested in this sort of work, visible via new twitter followers etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/category/young-changemakers/
 
Description Changing the story website - General Blog and Project Updates 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Changing the Story blog is growing quickly, with roughly one entry a week, and is becoming a key way through which we share and articulate the work we are doing across our 5 countries. We have noticed increased engagement with the blog via our Co-Is and project partners, who are keen to share project updates and reflections via this and other sections of the website (like the Resources page). This is also, in turn, helping the project partners across the 5 countries to better see an overall context of the project and find new ways of connecting across the case studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/blog/
 
Description Changing the story website - Opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Changing the Story's Opportunities page has allowed for postdoctoral adverts linked to the project to travel further than they would have done, and have also helped to grow understanding about the different strands of the project. Sharing these opportunities via CTS has also helped us gain relevant Twitter followers, and enquiries via the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/opportunities/
 
Description Changing the story website - Profile page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Changing the Story website's People page is an engaging site which lists all partners involved in the project. It helps people to see the scale of the project and the breadth of different expertise in the work, helping to validate our work and expand our networks internationally. It has also helped to raise awareness of individual team member's wider work. For example, through the website Prof. Ananda Breed was contacted by an award-winning documentary filmmaker who wishes to work with her to create a documentary film about Rwanda. They are currently planning the schedule.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/profiles/
 
Description Changing the story website - Project Overview 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Changing the Story's Project Overview pages help to generate a wider understanding of activities, aims and objectives happening across the project, both for the general public but also a way to strengthen connections across the 5 networks countries. Within the section there are also Theory of Change illustrations which highlight the mains objectives of each strand and the overall project in non-research specific language, which we hope will encourage research and non-research stakeholders to identify new ways to connect with our work. The page also speaks to our commitment to share our progress and reflections openly with a wider network as the project continues. We hope this added awareness will allow for fuller engagement in our Phase 2 commissioning opportunities as the website grows (more impact to be inputted in due course as the project progresses).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/about/
 
Description Changing the story website - Related Projects page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Changing the Story website's Related Projects page is helping to build a network of similar projects working with the arts and civil society organisations in post-conflict settings, and, along with our growing resources page, is helping to position the CTS website as a central information point for finding out more about this type of work. The Related Projects page features similar projects (including other GCRF Network plus projects) and has allowed us to expand our network (including eg. through increased conversation with these projects). It has allowed us to attend events we have been invited to via the network, such as the Creative Alternative Workshop led by Action Aid, Christian Aid and the University of York in Jan 2018. We are also hosting an event at British Council in London 26 March 2018 to start to formalise this growing network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/related-projects/
 
Description Creative alternatives workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Creative Alternatives Workshop was a 'critical friends' day of workshops organised by Action Aid, Christian Aid and University of York to which our PI and Project Manager were invited to attend. The aims were: To critically learn and reflect on the value and impact of using arts methodologies as a way of exploring credible alternative futures that build from the local level and confront, challenge, contradict and extend dominant global narratives; To explore challenges such as: whether arts enable participants to better imagine alternatives' how to best share, translate, explore and deepen analysis of development alternatives across different geographies (local, national or transnational)' to meet other individuals and organisations who are interested in using or use art in development practice as a way of imagining alternatives. It took place on 16 January 2018 in London and was attended by some 50 people. There were many vibrant discussions and key issues raised and it was a great opportunity for academics and practitioners to work together. The key organisers of the event are interested in engaging more directly with our growing network of related projects. Kate Caroll (the chief organiser from Action Aid) is also now sitting on our Steering Group. There is no URL linked to this as it was a closed event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GCRF Global Engagement Meeting Pretoria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Prof. Paul Cooke presented a paper on our participatory video work in South Africa, India and Brazil to an audience of over 100 people from across Africa and the UK drawn from ifferent countries, different disciplines, and from a mix of academic and non-academic organisations (e.g. non-governmental organisations; charities; policy makers; international funders). . This was part of a GCRF Global Engagement Meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, taking place 5-6 December 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-global-engagement-events/
 
Description Good Pitch Colombia 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 19 April 2018, our Colombia Co-I Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar and his local project team attended Good Pitch Colombia 2018 to present his sub-strand proof of concept project of Changing the Story "Relatos del Futuro" (Tales of the Future).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://goodpitch.org/events/gpco2018
 
Description International Women's Day Social Media campaign 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Thursday 8 March 2018 Changing the Story led a one-day social media campaign as part of International Women's Day. We pledged to support the IWD #pressforprogress commitment of forging 'Positive Visibility of Women' in the research we do and the communities we work with. We shared resources uploaded by our female Co-Investigators via our Twitter channel, we shared graphics outlining the gender split in our research team (50% are women), we supported promotion of 'related projects' we work with that are also focusing on women currrently (like the Nepalese international Human Rights Festival) and finally we also launched the online premiere of our Voicing Hidden Histories Brazil-strand film, 'Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez" on Twitter and UoL Facebook channels. The campaign not only helped to raise awareness of our work and the different projects involved (19 retweets and 25 likes on Twitter) but also helped to support International Women's Day more widely.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/Changing_Story_
 
Description Kosovo | Albert Heva and Bornmouth University members Residency 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Key partner in Kosovo, Albert Heta, and members of the Bournemouth University team were invited by 'The Complete Freedom of Truth' (TCFT) project to participate in a residency which brings together a group of artists, workshop leaders and young people from across the UK, to develop a sense of global citizenship among young artists and explore ideas through the arts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/02/08/kosovo-strand-activities-begin-via-a-global-youth-ci...
 
Description Kosovo | Film screening of Phendulani's Story and Me 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact University of Prishtina screened the Changing the Story film: Phendulani's Story & Me
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/LuraPo_/status/1067434031157993472
 
Description Kosovo | Kick Off Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Kicked off phase 1 of the project with a workshop bringing together artists, academics and activists from Kosovo and the UK. The workshop was organised by the University of Prishtina in partnership with Bornmouth University and was held in artistic and academic spaces. The aim was to discuss the opportunities for civic education of youth in Kosovo through the arts. Alongside the workshop, trips were taken to two municipalities to meet with local artists and activists and discuss how they practice their art and how they (as well as young people) see their cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/10/23/kicking-off-changing-the-story-in-kosovo/
 
Description M&E Thursday Talk - Strengthening Arts & Conflict Transformation through Evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our project manager Inés Soria-Donlan joined the DME for Peace international 'Thursday talks' webinar on Thursday, June 7. The webinar included the leaders of the IMPACT Project facilitating a discussion on "Strengthening Arts & Conflict Transformation through Evaluation." Inés actively contributed to the discussion and has been directly approached by other attendees after the event to share more about the Changing the Story project and our approach to evaluating arts-based peacebuilding initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dmeforpeace.org/me-thursday-talks/5334/
 
Description Memories de violencia y post-conflicto en contextos periféricos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our Colombia Co-I Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar facilitated a table on 'Memory and Forgetting: Ways of reconciling silence" where he spoke about some of his work on the project, as part of the international seminar organised by Colombia's Alliance Francaise "Memorias de violencia y post-conflicto en contextos periféricos" Memories of Violence and post-conflict in peripheral areas" in Bogotá 26-27 April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ifea.org.pe/eventos/colombia/pdf/programa-seminario-memoria.pdf
 
Description Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Curriculum Workshop (March 2018), Kigali, Rwanda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The MAP curriculum workshop from 15-17 March 2018 consisted of ten cultural organisations including: Future Vision Acrobats, Mindleaps, Niyo Art Gallery, Niyo Cultural Centre, Kwetu Film Institute, Umuduri Band, Kigali Centre for Photography, Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, Music Mind Consult, Rwanda Rocks, and Eric Onekey. During the workshops, the cultural artists were asked to deliver a two-hour workshop focused on how their specific discipline could be adapted as a dialogic tool for young people. Within this practice-as-research approach, the cultural artists explored how and why their disciplines could be adapted for dialogic purposes. The workshop included reflection concerning the successes and limitations of providing a safe, inclusive and progressive society in Rwanda that informed the planning and delivery of the critical review phase of the AHRC Changing the Story project.

The curriculum workshop generated discussion and debate about the use of varied cultural forms to navigate painful pasts issues and the challenges and limitations of safety, inclusivity and progressiveness within the current political climate of Rwanda. Additionally, cultural artists from a range of disciplines (visual arts, drama, dance, music, photography, film, acrobatics) noted that it was the first time that they had worked within an interdisciplinary context.

Outputs included the development of a MAP toolkit that was translated from English to Kinyarwanda and the evolution of an interdisciplinary artists network. The cultural organisations have used MAP methodology within the design and delivery of programmes for young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Training of Trainers (August 2018), Rwamagana, Rwanda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The training of trainers was conducted in the Eastern Province of Rwanda including twenty-five educators from five schools including GS Munyiginya and Rwamagana A (REB schools), Lycée du Lac Muhazi (WDA school) and Rwamagana Lutheran and Friends of the Children International School (NGO schools) from 27 August - 2 September 2018. Five of the cultural artists from the original curriculum workshop including Jeymo Mutinda from Music Mind Consult, Rukundo Jean Baptiste from Niyo Arts Centre, Elisee Niyonenga and Mutoniwase Sheila Yvette from Future Vision Acrobats and filmmakers from Kwetu Film Institute served as part of the training and consultation team. In addition, we included a resident counsellor Laure Iyaga from Sana Initiative. The training involved the delivery of the MAP methodology.

The MAP manual consists of a 250-page toolbox of exercises to employ Music, Dance and Drama as a dialogic tool and to develop skills in the performing arts. The manual was divided into sections entitled warm-up, lead-in, main activity, energiser, and reflection. These are not pre-scripted lesson plans, but rather exercises that can build on a trajectory of learning towards an overarching lesson objective or theme. The Rwandan national curriculum framework is broad based to allow teachers to plan in a way that best reflects the particular needs of the school and the skills of teachers. The manual has already been tested and approved by the Rwandan Education Board through the pilot phase of the project in the Eastern Province. Twenty-five trainers who attended the training of trainers between 28 August - 2 September have been using the methodology as part of their curriculum, conducted training of trainers in their schools, and initiated drama clubs. To date, the training of trainers has extended to include sixty trainers through subsequent training of trainers activities conducted in the partner schools alongside delivery of MAP within the course curriculum and extracurricular activities involving over five hundred young people.

MAP provides a participatory student-centred methodology that encourages children and young people to be active in their learning, to learn collaboratively, and to be empowered by how that learning takes place. There are sections in the manual that includes facilitation skills, group dynamics, experiential learning, curriculum structure, and training and sustainability. The section on sustainability includes: a) how to use materials in schools or communities; b) adapting to regional contexts; c) research methodologies; d) community asset mapping; e) engaging community leaders; f) building and sustaining networks; g) drama clubs and theatre tours; and h) action planning. Due to the context of work in post-genocide Rwanda, the training of trainers and youth camps include a resident psychologist, Laure Iyaga, from partner organisation Sana Initiative. The resident counsellor provides one-to-one and group counselling during sessions as needed. In addition, the Sana Initiative has provided exercises related to peer-to-peer counselling, identifying emotions, and awareness about symptoms related to trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder. In this way, the Ubwunzu project provides a pedagogic approach to teaching and learning that addresses some of the stated needs within the Rwandan education system including facilitation skills to develop student-centred learning; subject content to enable instruction of Music, Dance and Drama within the curriculum; and integration of local and regional responses to culturally informed needs and issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) Youth Camp (November 2018), Rwamagana, Rwanda 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) youth camp was designed to support the development of youth-led MAP initiatives within partnering organisations and to evaluate phase one activities. It was conducted from 27 November - 1 December 2018 and included one lead MAP adult trainer from each of the five schools alongside incoming adult trainers for a total of ten adult trainers and two young people (one male and one female) from each of the five schools. The adult trainers and young people who participated in MAP activities noted changed views in opinions and behaviours. Adult trainers noted that previous to MAP, that they had used corporal punishment and used top-down approaches to teaching and learning. Following MAP, adult trainers noted that they were able to create a learning and teaching environment that enhanced student engagement and provided a safe space to explore conflict related issues. Additionally, that their communication and leadership skills improved alongside enhanced empathy and active listening skills. Beyond changes in opinions and behaviours, MAP adult trainers and young people were able to integrate MAP activities into the Music, Dance and Drama aspect of their curriculum alongside initiating drama clubs. Young people noted that they were no longer afraid to voice their opinions and served as leaders in their schools. Both adult trainers and young people stated that they discovered their talents within the creative arts and that the interdisciplinary arts platform provided an outlet for them to voice their stories through numerous artistic channels.

The youth camp supported the engagement of ten young people to serve as co-facilitators and co-educators within the school environment to delivery MAP methodology. Additionally, each school was given $250 to support drama club activities and each youth-led drama club created a charter.

Data from adult trainers included the following statistics regarding MAP engagement within the noted five schools:
(REB schools)
GS Muniginya hosts weekly teacher trainings of MAP methodology and created a drama club with forty-nine students, 12 male and 37 female under age 24. The teacher trainings involve 30 adult trainers, 11 male and 19 female.
Rwamagana A (name changed to GS St. Vincent de Paul Rwamagana Catholique from September 2018) created a drama club and integrates the MAP methodology into the curriculum that impacts 200 young people under age 24, 120 male and 80 female. 52 young people are involved in weekly drama club, 32 male and 30 female. The teacher trainings at the school have involved 12 adults, 9 female and 3 male.
(NGO schools)
Friends of the Children School integrated MAP methodology into a two hour block twice a week. All 365 primary students participate. Hosted parent information meetings regarding MAP activities and drama club.
Rwamagana Lutheran trained teachers in MAP methodology which has now been used in S2, S3 and S5 'crew times' (sections of the school schedule for team building activities). Trained teachers have created a drama club. Drama club has included 10 students, 5 male and 5 female. Trained teachers include 17 educators, 11 male and 5 female.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Mobile Arts for Peace - March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From from 15 - 17 March 2018, Hope Azeda from Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts and Prof. Ananda Breed (University of Lincoln) - both Co-Is on the Rwanda strand of Changing the Story - delivered a three-day symposium with cultural artists in Kigali. The main objectives of the symposium were: To explore how cultural forms can be adapted for dialogic purposes; To develop a multi-disciplinary arts-based curriculum for young people; To build alliances with organisations with similar values, working towards transformational goals for longer-term effects; To build upon existing knowledge and experience of good practice; To support eachother in identifying the issues that concern us. In preparation for the symposium, cultural artists from organisations including Future Vision Acrobats, Niyo Art Gallery, MindLeaps, Niyo Cultural Centre, Kwetu Film Institute, Umuduri Band, Kigali Centre for Photography, Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, Music Mind Consult, and Eric Onekey were asked to demonstrate an exercise from their cultural form (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, video and film, poetry) that could be adapted for dialogic purposes. Most of the artists agreed that inclusivity was key towards building safe and progressive societies. The symposium with cultural artists was hosted at the Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts Centre in Kigali, Rwanda and was designed and facilitated by Ananda Breed from University of Lincoln and Kurtis Dennison from Mashirika. Exercises from the cultural workshop will be integrated into a manual used for a training of educators and youth workers (June 2018) and youth camp (August 2018) in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/04/05/making-each-other-human-the-mobile-arts-for-peace-pr...
 
Description Mobilising Histories workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The workshop, led by Prof. Stuart Taberner (the Uk-based South Africa Co-I for Changing the Story), the University of Pretoria (South Africa Co-I for Changing the Story), and the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC, main South Africa CSO partner) took place 21-22 May 2018 at JHGC. It brought together a number of projects funded by the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) that focus on arts-based interventions in building greater resilience and a human-rights culture in post-conflict societies. CSO and NGO partners from across South Africa and globally contributed practical expertise and specific understanding of local contexts and forms of intervention. he event also advertised funding opportunities for further focussed research linked to the 'Changing the Story' project. The workshop was filmed and a short film will be made. In addition, a short report will be prepared, including a set of recommendations for mobilising arts and heritage to achieve the SDGs, and a blog. Feedback from participants was very positive, and new connections and understandings have been created. All Changing the Story Co-I organisations also presented their work as part of the conference and engaged in active discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/events/2nd-changing-the-story-network-meeting/
 
Description Participation in Peace Direct consultation on "Civil society & Inclusive Peace: A Reality Check" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our project manager Inés Soria-Turner applied and was successfully invited to participate in Peace Direct's online consultation about "Civil society & Inclusive Peace: A Reality Check". Peace Insight are the world's leading resource on local peacebuilding. The consultation was led by Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI), Peace Direct and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Peace Direct provide a vital network that connects peacebuilders with an international actors and organizations-and with each other. The consultation involved civiil society organisations, researchers and practitioners who over three days discussed online together about key issues affecting CSO practice in development today. 126 participants registered, and over 270 comments across the 9 discussion threads, including many in-depth reflections and sharing of experiences. One of Inés' comments was selected for one of the days closing reviews, spreading awareness of our project and values with an international audience. As an immediate next step, Peace Insight will follow up with a short summary report of the discussion, as well as exploring whether they can develop a more complete report based on the learnings from this week. This discussion also feeds into IPTI's Impact Local Peace project. What this means is that the broader conclusions and insights drawn from this consultation will help guide how IPTI develops and tests its support mechanisms and tools for civil society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.peaceinsight.org/consultations/civil-society-inclusive-peace/ad/
 
Description Participatory Filmmaking in Participatory Development at Royal Holloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this research seminar at Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Paul Cooke reflected upon the findings of the recent AHRC project 'Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories'. 20 people were in attendance and there was very interesting and engaged discussion after the paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/events/eventsarticles/participatory-filmmaking...
 
Description Paul Cooke - Participatory filmmaking in the East Rand 21 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact LUCAS Seminar - all welcome

Professor Paul Cooke (Leeds) invited to present a talk on 'Changing the Story or Confirming the Story? Participatory filmmaking, development and youth leadership in the East Rand, South Africa' as part of the LUCAS (Centre for African Studies) open seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/events/paul-cooke-participatory-filmmaking-in-the-east-rand/
 
Description Performance and Conflict Conference, University of Lincoln, 21-22 September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact International conference organised by University of Lincoln and School of Playback Theatre UK involving over fifty-five attendees. Principal organisers: Professor Ananda Breed (UoL) and Veronica Needa (SPT UK).

Event: Two-day conference based on the use of participatory art forms in conflict/post conflict settings to explore how participatory arts practices might be used to explore some of the nuanced forms of storytelling/performance in contexts when there are often public versus hidden narratives. How might forms be adapted? What new forms might emerge? How can performance contribute to the transformation of conflict?

Keynote delivered by Jonathan Fox, co-founder of Playback Theatre, an original form of improvisational theatre in which audiences or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. The form originates from traditional story practices and has evolved into an international platform of socially engaged performance making as evidenced through the International Playback Theatre Network.

Workshops were facilitated by Hannah Fox, Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas and Dr Luis C Sotelo Castro. Participatory film screenings were chaired by Professor Paul Cooke, principal investigator of the AHRC Changing the Story project.

Impacts included the discussion of annual event related to the use of performance in relation to conflict issues proposed for Montreal in 2019 and the organisation of a conference committee. Additionally, weekly Playback workshops have been hosted at Mansions of the Future to serve the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at 'Research on the role of cultural heritage in the building of (national) identity in post conflict situations' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cooke presented insights from Changing the Story as part of a panel on "Identity and education - society after the conflict"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at Performance and Conflict. International Conference at the University of Lincoln 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Cooke presented the Changing the Story as part of a panel on PACCS and GCRF projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/events/performance-and-conflict-international-conference/
 
Description Presentation, screening and discussion at Midwestern University, Kathmandu, Nepal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Whilst in Nepal working on the 'Sourcing Community Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance in Nepal", Prof. Paul Cooke was invited to speak about his recent work in participatory filmmaking and international development at MidWestern University in Nepal on 16 February 2018. There were 40 Masters students present. He screened the project film "Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development" and provided an overview of this project, his recent work challenging Xenophobia in South Africa. He also introduced the Changing the Story project, highlighting future opportunities to get involved, as well as highlighting the wider potential for creative activities and youth-focused civil society in participatory development. Prof. Cooke and Project Officer Inés Soria-Donlan then took questions and engaged in a very engaged discussion with the group. The meeting has led to a potential further partnership with the organiser of the event, Bishnu Khatri (one of the MA course leaders and also directly involved in the Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival) which we hope will support project film outputs of all project associated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/Changing_Story_/status/964917221796581377
 
Description Presenting Changing the Story and Voicing Hidden Histories at the launch of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York, 4 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cooke gave a keynote talk at the Centre's launch to around 150 people.
Also screened the film 'Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.york.ac.uk/igdc/events/igdc-summer-launch/
 
Description Presenting Changing the Story and our approach to Evaluation at the 'Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Cooke presented the aims and approaches of Changing the Story as part of a panel of projects exploring issues around 'reconciliation' in post-conflict settings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Prison in Paradise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Vanessa Levaillant talked about her work at the Jewish Detainee Memorial & Information Centre in Mauritius, and the history of the Jewish community who were detained there in 1940. This free, public event was hosted at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) as part of the 'Mobilising Histories' workshop led by Prof. Stuart Taberner and co-organised by Changing the Story, the AHRC, University of Leeds and the JHGC on 21-22 May 2018. Several attendees remarked on how Vanessa's talk had moved them personally, and the event was reviewed by the South African Jewish Report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sajr.co.za/news-and-articles/2018/05/31/instead-of-the-promised-land-jews-landed-on-an-is...
 
Description Rwanda | Performance and Conflict Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two-day conference based on the use of participatory art forms in conflict/post conflict settings to explore how participatory arts practices might be used to explore some of the nuanced forms of storytelling/performance in contexts when there are often public versus hidden narratives. Speakers included guests from organisations from Rwanda, academics, and arts-practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/events/performance-and-conflict-international-conference/
 
Description Screening of Changing the Story: the Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia at Mobilising Histories conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Changing the Story film "Changing the Story: the Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia | Khmer Rouge History" was screened at the international workshop 'Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and Genocide to make progress towards the SDGs' at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, South Africa. It was followed by a further presentation from our Cambodia Co-Is Dr. Peter Manning and Dr. Ly Sok-Kheang and an animated discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/events/2nd-changing-the-story-network-meeting/
 
Description Screening of The Anlong Veng Peace Tours podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Changing the Story film 'Changing the Story - the Anlong Veng Peace Tours' (Paul Cooke, 2018) was screened at Hyde Park Picture House as introduction to the Amnesty Leeds screening of the 2016 film 'Cambodia Spring' (Director, Christopher Kelly), followed by a live Q&A with director Christopher Kelly, and one of the films main contributors Venerable Sovath. They were also accompanied by Professor Surya Subedi, Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds who was the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia between 2009 and 2015. This was an excellent opportunity to share our work with the wider general public in Leeds and build new networks with international artists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/amnesty-leeds-planning-meeting-tickets-40049636541
 
Description Seminar on UG Anthropology Course at Bournemouth University 11 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Cooke talk a seminar on 'Arts in Development'. This included screening the film 'The Born Free Generation: Phendulani's Story and Me'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description South Africa | Mobilising histories workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Mobilising Histories workshop was organised by the University of Leeds and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. It brought together academics and practitioners (from NGOs and civil society organisations) to learn from each other, and share their experience of developing arts interventions that mobilise 'dark pasts' in order to promote social justice agendas. Participants also reflected critically on assumptions engaged in such initiatives. The aim was to identify best practice, provide evidence for the effectiveness of these approaches, and to asses their impact in different cultures and societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description South Africa | Programme Launch in Dakar, Senegal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In June 2018, the Changemakers programme was launched in Dakar, Senegal to representatives of Ministries of Education from 7 West-African countries (Senegal, the Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau). The workshop was held under the theme: 'Learning from the Past: the case study of the Change Makers Leadership Program (CMP) - promoting pluralism and preventing violent extremism'. The event was conducted as part of a UNESCO and IFEF initiative: From Policy to Practice: Capacity-Building Workshop on Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) in West Africa and the Sahel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description South Africa | Train the Trainers Nigeria 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact First Train-the-Trainers workshop held in September in Nigeria. The purpose of the workshops is to roll out the Change-makers programme to other African countries, in a sustainable way, whereby those who are trained will become a cohort of facilitators who can continue to work with young people in-country after the original team has left, meaning the impact of the program should continue to expand. The programme was also evaluated, developing recommendations for future training sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description South Africa | Training the Trainer Mozambique 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact In Mozambique, the "train the trainer" workshop was attended by 25 participants who included staff from the National Library of Mozambique and the Centre for Democracy and Development Studies as well as students and lecturers from local universities under different academic disciplines (political science, journalism, history and international relations).

Over 30 exhibition panels consisting of the history of the Holocaust, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and apartheid in South Africa were developed by the JHGC and used to deliver the CMP in Mozambique. The implementation of the programme encountered some logistical challenges, power outages and language barriers as all the materials were developed in English, a language most participants were not familiar with. Ideally, the materials could have been translated into Portuguese which is the official language of the country. Nevertheless, the trainees have been hosting schools and teaching the CMP using the said JHGC exhibition. There is need to follow the implementation of the programme in Mozambique through an evaluation process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Complete Freedom of Truth (Kosovo strand) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the Kosovo strand of the AHRC project 'Changing the Story', our key partner from the fields of arts and civil society in Kosovo, Albert Heta of Stacion: Centre for Contemporary Arts and members of the Bournemouth University team (Research Centre: Seldom Heard Voices: Marginalisation and societal integration), have been kindly invited by the award-winning Dorset-based 'The Complete Freedom of Truth' (TCFT) project to participate in a residency which brings together a group of artists, workshop leaders and young people from across the UK from February 12 to 16 2018 in Bridport, UK.

TCFT is an international youth-led project with the ambition to develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts, which links most closely to the underpinning ideas and aims of 'Changing the Story'. This collaboration will kick-start the Kosovo part project's phase 1 activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/02/08/kosovo-strand-activities-begin-via-a-global-youth-ci...
 
Description Voicing Hidden Histories Celebration Event 14 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening of film, talk, and performance in celebration of the power of film and creativity. The evening included the world premiere of a selection of films made by communities in Brazil, South Africa and India as part of the recent project "Voicing Hidden Histories: Troubling the National Brand" and "Using Digital Tools to Challenge Xenophobia". It also marked the launch of two new international network projects based at University of Leeds, 'Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Civil Societies With, and For, Young People" and "Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda".

With introduction and Q&As by the in-country project teams, live performance, film screenings and music.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-celebration-event/