To empower representatives of Internal Migrants (IM) / displaced Persons (IDP’s) to express their issues on digital platform (internet), by training them in: blogging, record and edit audio & videos, presentations and uploading them on Wikimedia, YouTube, slide share etc. We also plan to facilitate constructive dialogues between all stakeholders i.e. Migrants and the Native residents / citizens and by linking them on online platforms, website etc
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Goa: More specifically in South Goa towns; Vasco, Margao, Ponda and in North Goa; Calangute, Candolim, Panaji
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Goa state has a population of 1.3 million, 30% are internal migrants. Migration impacts, migrants and natives equally. Migrants are exploited and natives face migration shock. Previously, migrants were dealt by decision makers by violent measures such as demolition slum dwellings. Currently, native residents have launched anti-migrant movements, with online blogs, websites etc. The opinions of migrants are underrepresented online and thus unheard
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
1.Each of 10 groups (see below) will work on 1 or 2 issues relevant to their community, we expect to have a minimum of 10 such audio-video blog-posts in 3 broad categories;
Impact of Internal Migration on Migrants
Impact of (excessive) Migration on Native Residents
All stakeholder involvement in migrant decision, policy making.
2.Equipment bank in 10 migrant communities.
3.Continuing support through website and other linkages to bloggers.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
My project partner is an active blogger of Women Aloud: Video blogging for Empowerment (WAVE), and me a researcher, trained in humanitarian assistance (Fordham University). We have the knowledge and experience for training the participants in audio-video blogging and scientifically documenting & evaluating the training, its outputs and impacts. The reports of this project will build evidence for conducting similar programs in India and LAMIC
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We plan to train at least 30 participants in Goa from different localities, cultures & genders. We will then train them for 3 weeks i.e. 3 weekends (6 days) of classroom training and 15 days of group on-field training. We will train all the participants in all aspects of creating and uploading digital blogs; we will let them chose between different aspects in creating blogs and based on their aptitude we will group them in to 10 groups of 3 each
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
As one of our objectives requires us to create and maintain a website to facilitate a constructive dialogue between Internal migrants and native residents, we would like to get guidance and support from Rising Voices to build a user-friendly website for people with low literacy. Secondly, we would want support from Rising Voices in disseminating our findings, reports, scientific publications and audio-video blogs throughout its network.