This Participatory Video (PV) is part of a series filmed in Obunga, Kenya as part of a partnership development project 'Mapping Waste Governance' which seeks to identify, examine and document grassroots social innovations and challenges in waste governance in different geographic regions. In April 2018, members of the Kisumu Waste Network (KIWAN) and the Obunga Residents Association participated in a 5-day PV workshop to explore and document challenges and social innovations in waste governance in their community.
This video, filmed and edited by the community participants, documents some of the challenges residents face such as flooding, accessibility and environmental health. A member of KIWAN offers some solutions to collaborate with the County in organized public spaces for waste collection and recycling. Through KIWAN, organized waste collectors in Obunga provide essential services to residents for waste management.
The PV initiative was facilitated and co-produced by Dr. Crystal Tremblay and Dr. Jutta Gutberlet from the Community-based Research Laboratory at the University of Victoria. A very special thanks to Dr. Michael O. Oloko and colleagues from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Kisumu, Kenya. Special acknowledegments to the Kisumu Waste Network (KIWAN), Obunga Residents Association, and to John O. Xavier Chweya for translation and editing.
This project embraces a Community-based Particiaptory Action Research (CBPAR) approach, that recognizes the value of linking community-based knowledge with academic, scientific knowledge in the creation and pursuit of knowledge democracy. This means, among other things, recognizing communities as a source of knowledge about complex issues. CBR refers to a diverse set of methods of partnership research between higher education institutions and civil society actors that facilitate co-creation of knowledge and promote social and community change. Participatory video is a creative tool used in CBR that can enhance and stimulate new and inclusive forms of communication and social action.
This project is part of an international action research initiative to map waste governance and social innovations through multiple case studies on waste picker initiatives in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kisumu (Kenya), Managua (Nicaragua), São Paulo (Brazil), Vancouver & Montreal (Canada). ‘Mapping Waste Governance’ seeks to map successful waste management initiatives, arrangements and policies in some cities in the global South and global North.
For more information please visit: https://www.cbrl.uvic.ca/mapping-waste The sister project ‘Recycling Networks’, based at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, is a research project that aims at examining the challenges that innovative grassroots initiatives and networks encounter in generating livelihoods to improve household waste collection and recycling in informal settlements of global South cities.
For more information please visit: https://gri.gu.se/english/research Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, funding the Partnership Development project “Mapping Waste Governance” (n° 890-2016-0098) in collaboration with the "Recycling Networks” project funded by the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Research Centre for Local Democracy, ICLD.
For more information on Community-based Research and methods such as PV please visit the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education website at http://unescochair-cbrsr.org.
Music: Yamoto Band - Cheza Kwa Madoido