KM4Dev 09 Gender Huddle

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KM4Dev 09 Gender Huddle

This group is meant to start thinking and sharing around the gender huddle at the 6-8 October 2009 KM4DEV meeting in Brussels

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Started by Peter J. Bury Sep 29, 2009.

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Comment by Riff Fullan on October 14, 2009 at 3:33pm
Thinking this is becoming a broader discussion, I just tried to summarize our recent exchange and posted it to the main km4dev dgroup. Maybe we could pick it up there...
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 14, 2009 at 12:00pm
hmmm, it 'sounds easy' to generate material to some extent... then have you any idea what you would do with it? How would you get it 'out there'? Or does it depend totally on the context and purpose?

In the ag huddle Louise developed an interesting graphic of a see saw - with one side (mostly international organisation staff really) info heavy and incentive (for info sharing/ learning) light, and the other side info light and incentive heavy. The weakest arrow in the discussions we had about info flow was always the one from the ground to the international decision makers and researchers.So on the one hand there is the production side - especially capturing of info from the grassroots... on the other the dissemination .. any ideas on that?
Comment by Riff Fullan on October 14, 2009 at 11:20am
On your video musings Hannah, what was mostly in my mind was reporting using interview style, but I would also want to explore the others. In any case, I think a viral approach is most likely to work. Some people like playing around with cameras, others don't. Some like to experiment, others don't. I think if there is senior management support for experimenting, then it is a matter of trying to set things up so that people can easily do it (which I guess means support for the difficult issues like file conversion, editing, guidelines around shooting, interviewing, or whatever). Then it would be good to include a light exercise of reflection on the experience, iteratively building practice within the institution or network.....it sounds easy to me like that, but of course it is not at all easy in practice.
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 14, 2009 at 11:07am
Thanks Riff, your prize is in the post.

I agree, but then again what came out of our conversation with Rose is that where good practice exists on the ground, but is not labelled gender, this does not get shared as good practice to others... and in fact donors are asking them to 'do' gender, when they are already doing it, and they themselves don't even know they are already doing it. SO... in a way I thought tagging was quite a nice way of showing how gender analysis, and adapting plans with a mind to gender equity, is part of good quality development processes. A bit like indicators?

I would like to know more about video - are you thinking of participatory video processes whereby people decide the story they want to tell, the image they want to portray? Or a means of reporting perhaps interview style? Do you think that could work in large organisations? Would it influence decision making? Learning around techniques and good practices? Or would it work better in communities of practice?

So many questions... and no more prizes I'm afraid.
Comment by Riff Fullan on October 14, 2009 at 10:40am
The correct answer is: you cannot make sure ;-)
Seriously though, I'm starting to think that with gender - as with much of KM/KS - it may be better not to label it as a gender message. I think people's preconceptions tend to take over in those cases. Maybe it's better just to promote it as an example of good practice. I like the narrative format. Don't know enough about how best to use it, but I plan to experiment more with short videos. You can't capture all the detail, but you *can* convey a lot of complexity in a brief and easily digestible form.
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 13, 2009 at 4:01pm
hmm Pete, yeah but no but... I know what you mean though.

QUESTION TO GROUP: how do you make sure that good gender equity work is reported on and heard beyond the initiative itself - especially when it is not a 'gender (or women's!) project'?

Prize to the first correct answer...
Comment by pete cranston on October 13, 2009 at 3:23pm
Great post and video (sigh, smart video editing [recovering] another reason to go Mac.)

But it also underlines for me how social reporting is something to do as we go along. The story that Rose told was rich in detail that couldn't be captured in one short video later, and I remember that Rose commented how telling the story itself made her realise how many things that SAFIRE does which are examples of good practice in embedding gender into programming. Lesson to self: always carry the camera, and capture as it happens.
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 13, 2009 at 2:34pm
ah yes Rose - it is here http://www.km4dev.org/profiles/blog/list?user=2bowgewdq2cjq I didn't realise...
As is the video we did of Rose explaining her work and in particular how they have dealt with the underreporting of good gender equity work.
Comment by Roselinie Farirayi Murota on October 13, 2009 at 2:24pm
Hannah
i have seen the blog...nice piece of work! thanks to you guys. it was nice meeting you!
Comment by Hannah Beardon on October 12, 2009 at 5:53pm
Hi
No , this is my comment and nudge to the group on issues I am interested in. Jo should be putting the blog and video up soon, I hope! I will follow up...
 

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