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Egbert Wits's picture

Dear Kelli,

Thanks for your remarks on the blog. I studied anthropology myself, so I recognize what you are saying. In the toolkit we are preparing most of the ethical guidelines will be familiar to anthropologists. An important distinction is the specific focus on video for change work. Video for change often involves community development, advocacy and/or other kinds of (individual) empowerment. As we believe impact on these matters happens at all the various stages of a video for change initiative, each stage will have it's own hazards and opportunities. 


Informed consent, a method you mention, is also elaborated upon. Not just the signing of a consent form, but also how to explain participants what consent entails and being honest about possible unpredictable / unwanted outcomes, or a change of plans which so often happens in video for change processes.

We're always interested in learning more about ethical guidelines developed by anthropologists, especially if they are applicable to the field of video for change. So if you have valuable links, or information, please feel free to share.

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