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Youth Agency, Civic Engagement and Sustainable Development (Southern Africa)

The purpose of this consolidation project is to establish and strengthen channels of engagement between youth, CSOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders within the region of Southern Africa. Using Zimbabwe and South Africa as case study countries, the project reconciles lessons learned from Changing the Story projects led in these countries. In doing so, the aim is to identify the cross-cutting issues that are significant in the region that work as either barriers or enabling factors for youth development. Consolidating the key learning themes from the five different projects will provide ideas for sustainable, inclusive, and participatory development for and with young people.

To this end, the project will first review the individual projects to pull out common themes and key achievements, as well as challenges in each project. Then, we will bring together youth and stakeholders from each project to build cross-country cooperation and collaboration to develop an understanding of the regional dynamics of being a young person in the region. This collaboration will be embedded in a week-long workshop during which youth and NGOs will co-produce a documentary film that could speak for and to the region. This process will allow for collective and participatory engagement for dissemination and community development work, but also provide an overall account of the intersecting inequalities, potentials, and achievements in youth’s lives.

The engagement will also contribute to ‘how-to-do’ guidelines and practice of building inclusive, youth-led civil societies. The film will be screened beyond the audience of academics and participating stakeholders. All stakeholders will receive copies of the film to showcase in their organisations and at events. The film will also be shared on various media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to allow for interdisciplinary engagement on the issues that the film will highlight:

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Hear from the project team: Melis Cin (Co-Investigator), Tendayi Marovah (Co-Investigator), Joshua Chikozho (Batonga Community Museum, Zimbabwe CSO partner):

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Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Zimbabwe and South Africa are listed below:

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ImaginingOtherwise: Meet GomezThe ImaginingOtherwise project visited the Zeitz Mocaa museum as our final art-activism-educational event for this difficult year. Meet Gomez who is studying engineering and was fascinated by the architecture of …Gomez, , , , , event south-africa changemakers locationfilm subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections youth
Issie ChristoffelsIssie Christoffels loves the people of the Karoo. She remembers a hard youth, with very few opportunities: very few things to do, very little positive going on… Today she is …Issie Christoffels, , , event south-africa locationfilm language-english gender
The Allegory of the FenceBlog (2019/10/31) The Allegory of the FencePrudence Nkomo, , , , phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english youth
Moringa: The Binga Tree StoryPhoto essay on the use of the moringa tree in Zimbabwe by Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage., , , , , phase3 zimbabwe locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-13-climate sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-8-work
Scenes from a Changing the Story Graffiti Art workshop'Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth' is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project. This is one of several films documenting the …, , , , , , phase2 changemakers zimbabwe locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-street-art youth
Carrington's Graffiti Art'Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth' focuses on rural Binga, a significantly underdeveloped rural district located in Matabeleland North in Zimbabwe. The area is …, , , , , , phase2 changemakers zimbabwe locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-street-art youth
Graffiti Art (Zimbabwe)'Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth' is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project. This is one of several films documenting the …, , , , , , phase2 changemakers zimbabwe locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-street-art youth
Meet TaahirahMeet Taahirah, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Cape Town, South Africa., , , south-africa changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-english
Interview with a young changemaker (Binga, Zimbabwe)Interview with a young changemaker (Binga, Zimbabwe), , , , changemakers youth-research-board zimbabwe locationfilm language-english subject-street-art
Mobility Fund Report, 2020In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in …, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina colombia india nepal south-africa venezuela locationreport language-english subject-policy youth
Phase One Critical Review: The Change-Makers (South Africa)In March 2018, Prof Chaya Herman, Dr Charity Meki-Kombe and Prof Stuart Taberner conducted a critical evaluation and review of Changing the Story Phase 1 project 'The Change-makers.' The report …Dr Charity Meki-Kombe, Prof Chaya Herman, Prof Stuart Taberner, , , , , , phase1 south-africa locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-4-education subject-reflections
Journey of Self Discovery, Taahirah HoosainSkill Exchange workshops to develop skills that would be useful to young change-makers, March - April 2022Taahirah Hoosain, , , , , event south-africa changemakers locationfilm language-english subject-wellbeing youth
A reflection on the graffiti training workshop held at BaTonga Museum, Binga.Blog (2019/09/12) A reflection on the graffiti training workshop held at BaTonga Museum, Binga.Willard Muntanga, , , , , , event phase2 changemakers zimbabwe locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts youth
Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice: Book of ArtStreet Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth sought to generate democratic space by giving the Binga youth an opportunity to tell the stories they …, , zimbabwe locationlanguage-english subject-participatory-arts subject-street-art
#CTStakeover Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba South AfricaBlog (2019/10/31) #CTStakeover Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba South Africa, , , , , event phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-reflections youth
WPS2 FINAL Mobilising the Past"Mobilising the Past to Support Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals" This literature review, authored by Emma Parker (University of Leeds) has been compiled as part of the …Emma Parker, , , south-africa locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Transrational Communication through Participatory ArtsHear from Prof Paul Cooke and Dr Lou Harvey in conversation with Luke McFarline on their paper 'Transrational Communication through Participatory Arts with South African Youth.Dr Lou Harvey, Luke McFarline, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , south-africa locationaudio language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Meet TaahirahTaahirah is 18 years old and from Cape Town South Africa. In this video Taahirah tells us more about her interests, inspirations and social engagement,, , , south-africa changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-english
Getting a picture of the Cape Flats and the ImaginingOtherwise Youth Arts FestivalBlog (2020/04/08) Getting a picture of the Cape Flats and the ImaginingOtherwise Youth Arts FestivalAlexandra Sutherland, Ashley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, , , , , event phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-reflections
Mobilising Histories of Discrimination, Persecution and GenocideThe ‘Mobilising Histories’ conference, held at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, brought together two projects funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which ask how arts-based interventions …, , , event phase1 south-africa locationfilm language-english
Interview with a young changemaker (Zimbabwe)Interview with a young changemaker (Binga, Zimbabwe), , , , changemakers youth-research-board zimbabwe locationfilm language-english subject-street-art
Annie ArriesAnnie Arries is a primary school teacher who loves the Karoo and says she will never leave. She says here, children can still grow up as children. Her hope for …Annie Arries, , , event south-africa locationfilm language-english gender
Malume uya Lumana[Duration 12 min 52 secs]Malume uya Lumana, , event south-africa locationfilm language-english
Women in ArmsThis short film was created by the team at Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba to highlight the crucial role that women are playing in claiming space, dreaming new futures, and implementing militant …, , , event south-africa locationfilm language-english gender
Graffiti as a Participatory Method Fostering Epistemic JusticeGraffiti as a Participatory Method Fostering Epistemic Justice and Collective Capabilities among Rural Youth: A case study in Zimbabwe is a chapter by Tendayi Marovah and Faith Mkwananzi in the …Dr Faith Mkwananzi, Dr Tendayi Marovah, , , , , phase2 zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-street-art
Changing the Story Film nominated for Two National Research Film Awardsblog (2018/09/24) Changing the Story Film nominated for Two National Research Film Awards, , phase1 south-africa locationblog language-english
Reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)Iris shares her reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)., , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-reflections
Graffiti art in progress'Street Art to Promote Representation and Epistemic Justice among Marginalized Rural Zimbabwean Youth' is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project. This is one of several films documenting the …, , , , , , phase2 changemakers zimbabwe locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-street-art youth
Policy Brief: Remodelling the intergenerational moringa industryRemodelling the intergenerational moringa industry to support local economic development in Binga, Zimbabwe Policy brief from Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage., , , , , , phase3 zimbabwe locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-13-climate sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-8-work subject-policy
Digital Storytelling in ImaginingOtherwise (film three)ImaginingOtherwise young people explore Cape Town, introducing their understanding of space and the creative use of film-making to represent people, communities and lives from the perspective of creative makers. Supported …, , , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm toolkit language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Thyspunt: Khoisan HeritageBlog (2020/03/30) Thyspunt: Khoisan Heritage, , , , phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Mrs A. Jaftha from Ryneveldt PrimaryMrs Jaftha was brought up in a strict home, to value the things they had, even the things they got for free. She remembers her childhood as a time of …Mrs A. Jaftha, , , event south-africa locationfilm language-english gender
Arts for thought: I am a changemaker, so are all of usBlog (2020/03/09) Arts for thought: I am a changemaker, so are all of us, , , phase2 zimbabwe locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Permanent crisis of visibility: Young working-class CapetoniansEngage Journal 45: Class and Inequality explores issues of class, socio-economic disadvantage and inequality in relation to gallery education and engagement programmes and the related sector. Read Permanent crisis of …Ashley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Helene Rousseau, , , , phase2 south-africa locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-4-education
Arts Activism ToolkitThe final #ImaginingOtherwise project is an Arts Activism toolkit. This toolkit intentionally brings together case studies of innovative arts activism practice from the global South, activities to develop one’s own …Alexandra Sutherland, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Prof Paul Routledge, , , , , phase2 south-africa locationtoolkit language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
The Change Makers – South AfricaBlog (2018/03/29) The Change Makers – South AfricaProf Chaya Herman, Prof Stuart Taberner, Tali Nates, , phase1 south-africa locationblog language-english
ImaginingOtherwise Youth Arts ToolkitThe Youth Arts Toolkit is a collection of workshops (some online, some in person) that were developed over the year of the Imagining Otherwise project. This resource is for anyone …, , phase2 south-africa locationtoolkit youth
The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceBlog (2020/01/08) The messiness of building community: Co-creation across lines of social differenceDr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, , , phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba Film TakeoverBlog (2020/03/19) Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba Film TakeoverIlizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, , , event phase2 south-africa changemakers location
ImaginingOtherwise Conversation SeriesThe #ImaginingOtherwise team hosted a series of webinars, or international conversations, about the value of co-creation and participation. Catch-up on all the episodes at your leisure.Alexandra Sutherland, Daniel Maposa, Ishtar Lakhani, Sarah Summers, , phase2 south-africa locationfilm language-english
Reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)Suggest shares his reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)., , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-reflections
ImaginingOtherwise: A Glossary of Arts Education Practice on the Cape FlatsIn this collaborative text, ImaginingOtherwise draw out the key social justice concerns faced by young people in South Africa, setting them against the learning from the arts-based project. Moving beyond …, phase2 south-africa locationlanguage-english
New Project: Developing Youth Leadership for More Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Post-Conflict Countriesblog (2019/10/29) New Project: Developing Youth Leadership for More Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Post-Conflict CountriesLauren Wray, , , , , , kenya namibia phase1 rwanda south-africa locationblog language-english youth
Where’s the Research in Evaluation?Blog (2018/10/31) Where’s the Research in Evaluation?Prof Stuart Taberner, , , phase1 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Mobilising Histories: ReflectionsBlog (2018/08/16) Mobilising Histories: Reflections, , , , phase1 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-reflections
What does a decolonised research culture look like?Blog (2020/06/30) What does a decolonised research culture look like?Dr Faith Mkwananzi, Dr Melis Cin, , , phase2 zimbabwe locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Street Art to Promote Representation: An Exhibition Series in ZimbabweBlog (2020/04/07) Street Art to Promote Representation: An Exhibition Series in Zimbabwe, , , , phase2 zimbabwe locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts youth
Voicing ambiguities in the Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba co-creator collectiveThis article authored by Aylwyn Walsh and Scott Burnett considers youth co-production in the context of the Changing the Story phase 1 project Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba. The participatory project conceives …Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Scott Burnett, Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, , , phase1 phase2 south-africa locationarticle language-english
Digital Storytelling in ImaginingOtherwise (film two)Developed with young artists in collaboration with (Lo-Def Film Factory), this step-by-step film demonstrates how you can use mobile phones for telling your stories. A group of the ImaginingOtherwise participants …, , , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm toolkit language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Digital Storytelling in ImaginingOtherwise (film one)The ImaginingOtherwise crew introduces some of their tasks and experiments using video storytelling to amplify voices and advocate for their communities., , , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm toolkit language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions
Meet JaydenMeet Jayden, a Changing the Story Youth Research Board member from Cape Town, South Africa., , , south-africa changemakers youth-research-board locationfilm language-spanish
Policy Brief: The Emerging Moringa EconomyThe Emerging Moringa Economy: A ground-breaking opportunity to boost rural green economies and youth employment in South Africa (2022) Policy brief from Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of …, , , , , , phase3 south-africa locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-13-climate sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-8-work subject-policy
The Emerging Moringa EconomyPhoto essay on the moringa economy in South Africa by Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage., , , , , phase3 south-africa locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-13-climate sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-8-work
Decolonising KnowledgeChanging the Story has produced a series of short videos which address the various aspects of safeguarding in international development research. The aim of the series is to provide you …, , , , safeguarding zimbabwe locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-4-education
Reflections from The Performance and Conflict ConferenceBlog (2018/11/14) Reflections from The Performance and Conflict Conference, , , event phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english
PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearBlog (2021/05/21) PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearAisha Kayani, , , , , , , , , , cambodia colombia india kosovo phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-participatory-arts youth
Mapping Community Heritage Case StudyMapping Community Heritage is a research project led by seven young people from rural communities bordering South Africa’s Kruger national park in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, University of …, , , , south-africa locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities youth
BST Youth Leadership Programme v1.2 1This document provides guidance on the implementation of the Bishop Simeon Trust’s (BST) youth leadership programme, developed in partnership with the University of Leeds and our South African partners since …, , , , , south-africa locationlanguage-english sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education leadership youth
Post-Conflict Participatory Arts Socially Engaged DevelopmentThis book investigates the power of art to enhance human development and to initiate positive social change for individuals and societies recovering from conflict. Edited by Changing the Story partners …Diego Alfonso, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Dr Claudia Pineda Marín, Dr Laura K. Taylor, Dr Scott Burnett, Dr Tendayi Marovah, Edwin Cubillos, Joshua Chikozho, Nub Raj Bhandari, Willard Muntanga, , , , , , , , , , , colombia kenya lebanon nepal uganda zimbabwe locationarticle language-english sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)Sindisiwe shares her reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)., , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm language-english subject-reflections
Change from the BottomUp: How participation & creative methods are needed to challenge school context in South AfricaBlog (2020/04/20) Change from the BottomUp: How participation & creative methods are needed to challenge school context in South AfricaAshley Visagie, Dr Aylwyn Walsh, , , , phase2 south-africa locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
Reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)Accurate shares her reflections on the Phase Two Mapping Community Heritage project (South Africa)., , , , , phase2 south-africa locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities subject-reflections