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Integrity has been appointed by CARE Norway to conduct a review of the social, cultural and political factors that contribute to impunity for gender based violence (GBV) at community, national and international levels in the Great Lakes region.
Head of Programme Design and Evaluation, Martine Zeuthen, will be visiting Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi next month to develop recommendations to inform the future strategic direction and implementation of the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative (GLAI), a three-year initiative spearheading grass root advocacy against GBV in the region.
The overall objective of GLAI is to contribute to the implementation of international humanitarian and human rights standards that protect the rights of women and girls in post-conflict and conflict situations.
INTEGRITY recently helped conduct a workshop at Manchester University focusing on how to use ethnography in applied anthropology. We discovered a keen interest in applying qualitative and ethnographic methods in a variety of contexts across disciplines outside of anthropology. The workshop was attended by a cross section of students from third year undergraduates in anthropology to PhD students from across the faculty including the Manchester Business School, the School of Environment and Development and the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures.
This diversity in attendance made for some interesting discussions such as how to include ethnographic methods like participant observation when studying the use of digital media or interviewing foreign government officials about cultural heritage projects to name just a couple. We also gave two brief presentations on using anthropological methods outside of academia, the first on how to plan and design a research project and second an introduction to qualitative data analysis.
Although ethnography means different things in different contexts, what we can take away from this experience is that there was a high level of common ground about how engaging with people on their own terms and seeking to understand issues from multiple sides can add value to any research project.
Posted by: Head of Programme Design and Evaluation, Martine Zeuthen
Work is continuing in the Southern Sudanese capital of Juba where Integrity is helping the Association of Media Development of South Sudan (AMDISS) set up a media centre for local journalists. The past week was spent in Juba hiring new staff for the centre, including a manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day operations.
The centre is intended to be a useful resource for media professionals in Juba and around the country and a hub for training activities which will be conducted by AMDISS and project partners International Media Support and Norwegian People’s Aid.
AMDISS is also leading the effort to ensure media legislation guaranteeing freedom of the press is adopted by the Southern Sudanese government before independence in July