This Digital Story was designed and recorded by Leif Petersen as one of the outputs of the Social-Ecological regeneration component of the 'Translating Complex Realities through Technology: Lessons about Government responsiveness in South Africa' project, funded and supported by the Making All Voices Count initiative.
In November 2015, SLF joined the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) initiative. MAVC is an international programme – coordinated through the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University – that aims to change and challenge the relationship between citizens and their governments. SLF has been and will be undertaking a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary exploration of technologically-enabled research and community/policy engagement processes that we have pioneered over the last five years.
In-depth retrospective and real-time action research will incorporate all four key thematic areas of SLF’s work, through a series of case studies. We will review our previous partnerships with local activists and policy makers to understand what happened to the proposed and then abandoned National Strategic Plan against sexual and gender based violence.
Facilitated dialogues and a story telling approach will enable bush doctors from informal settlements and conservation officials to share their experiences and opinions on the future use of public space for planting and harvesting traditional medicines. Collective engagement with community health workers and the City Health department will use an array of visual participatory methods to examine intersections between NGO services and government health facilities. An informal economy case study will investigate how in-depth research with township informal business owners can be effectively represented for government planners and policy-makers. Cross-cutting analysis of these diverse case studies will shed light on the conditions necessary for participatory knowledge processes to use technology effectively to increase government responsiveness.