Democracy and participation, Communities

Giving (Photo)Voice to rural communities across …


Who is behind this?

Silvia Di Passio

Rise Hub


Who is joining forces?

Les Jardiniers De La Mobilité


Cooperativa Verdeperto


Vojvodina Environmental Movement


Other partners in the project are: -Young Volunteers - Valea Calugareasca Association-Romania ( -International Labour Association-Turkey ( -Most- Bosnia and Herzegovina ( -Local Action Group VerLa- Italy ( -Photo Revoice -Italy ( -Swira-Belgium -United Colors Of Humanity-Turkey

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project aims at involving communities from rural areas across Europe in a participatory process using PhotoVoice, a method combining photography with grassroots social action to discuss, understand and identify challenges and priorities. This process will allow to strengthen the community self-perception and enforce a bottom-up decision making process to address challenges such as unemployment, sustainable development, integration of migrants, position of youth, social inclusion.

Where will your idea take place?

Broccostella, Italy

Why does Europe need your idea?

In Europe the increasing urbanization and the depopulation of country sides, especially in South-East, is a concrete and alarming issue for communities in rural areas.
Educating organizations based in rural areas on PhotoVoice-based methods can help them increasing their awareness of local issues and boosting their advocacy capacity. Connecting rural communities allows them to share best practices and experiences, to find shared solutions to improve opportunities, especially for youth.

What is your impact?

Through the development of long lasting partnerships (network of organizations based in rural communities using PhotoVoice) positive social change is delivered.
Participants will gain the capacity to represent themselves through PhotoVoice and will acquire specific skills for advocacy and communication purposes. The use of visual arts in a context of social innovation will increase the capacity of the organizations and will improve the local participation in decision-making processes.

How do you get there?

Starting month: October 2016
Preparation: creation of the project’s website and on-line networking (1st and 2nd month)
Training on PhotoVoice: 2 representative of each partner will attend a training with the double aim to learn about how to conduct the activities in the local community and to start networking within partners (7 days in Italy) (2nd month)
Activities in the partners' communities: identification of target group(s)and participants, definition of the problem(s) , shooting sessions, participatory analysis, formulation of proposals to local authorities, evaluation and conclusions. (3rd and 4th month)
Final events of public art (itinerant exhibition of all photos in all communities involved), project’s evaluation, further activities of the network (5th and 6th month).

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Target groups are grass root and youth organizations based in rural areas across Europe, that will use PhotoVoice method to promote knowledge and critical dialogue on important matters through group discussions stimulated by the pictures.
Beneficiaries are young residents of rural areas across Europe, who will participate in the PhotoVoice sessions delivered by partners, local authorities, municipalities and schools.
Audiences are all people who will visit the exhibitions and the website.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Participation of community in the process, not only during project implementation but even from the definition of the agenda until the presentation of results, and after, thanks to the website that will allow the project to last after the end of the grant.
Involving public administrations in order to create a cooperative and favourable climate and find sustainable solution together.
Applying PhotoVoice to life in rural areas, extensively explored in other continents but not in Europe.

€ 43911,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 44661,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel costs for participants to training course in Italy (7 days, 2 member per 8 organizations): EUR 4030,00. Accommodation and subsitance for participanants : EUR 9590,00. Dark room rental during training course: EUR 100,00. Materials for training course, exhibitions, workshops in partner countries: EUR 1055,00. Fees for trainers (3) and leaders of workshops in partner organizations (8 leaders): EUR 7325,00. Dissemination and story-telling:eur 5800,00. Personnel costs: EUR 14100,00.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are open to receive proposals, suggestions and comments from organizations that have already worked with PhotoVoice method or who would like to start using it, and from organizations with an experience in story-telling as a tool for social awareness, and from everybody who is curious to know more about the reasons behind our idea and rural communities.


Silvia RiseHub

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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