Art for development in Horn of Africa special challenge

Launched 28th of October 2015
***CHALLENGE UPDATE***
11 proposals from Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia have been shortlisted! They will upload a 1-minute video presenting their project by 2 January. Then, this Challenge will be open for the online community to vote for your favorite proposal from 3 January. Make sure to vote before the voting deadline, 17 January!!

***CHALLENGE QUESTION***
What is your idea for a project that uses the arts and creativity to work towards peace and positive social development and well being in your community, country, and/or the Horn of Africa?
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Goubs249
Member since 15th of November 2015
Posted 15th of December 2015

Hip-Hop for peace and social development in Sudan

In the last decade, with the repetition that prevailed the music that was presented in the mainstream media, and with the new social media age; new genres of music invaded the attention of the youth. Normally, rap music with all what it has of vitality and spontaneity has prevailed the forefront of the favorite genres of the youth. Eventually, that resulted in having rap songs to conquer the music players of the youth; or to see the names of Hip-Hop culture idols written in broken English on the walls of schools, which was - a couple of years back - considered strange by many.


I plan to make a collaboration project (mixtape) between a group of Sudanese Rap artists and and elementary school students. We will create a workshop in an elementary school, where we will explain the essence of the Hip-Hop culture in a simplistic way for them to understand clearly. Basically, we will correct their own definitions of what hip-hop is if they were incorrect.


Then we will ask them to express what bothers them in any form (poetry, prose poetry) and to write it on a paper. Later on, we are going to collect the papers of the participants and compare between the samples and what was widespread ; and we will use the topics that were repeated more as topics for some of the songs in the mixtape. Eventually, we will return to the same school that we took samples from to form a choir or a musical group of a few kids to participate in the work.


The mixtape will have eight musical tracks; five of them will be rap songs that have a normal format (verses and choruses) ; and with topics that circle around peace and social development. The three remaining tracks will be a free space for the kids choir; which means that we will give the children a list of song topics (that were inspired from what they wrote in the workshop) ; and we will ask them to choose three topics to write a song about each topic and produce it and perform it the way they want. Of course we will give them the technical and artistic guidance but without altering their working spirit or their energy. The choir will participate in all of the eight tracks, not just the last three.


Societies don’t change overnight, the objective of this project is to cultivate the values of peace, positive evolving and beauty in the minds of the next generations. When a kid hears a song that have someone on his age performing he will pay attention to what is being said in the song more. Young people are being attached to what their peers say more than what adults say; so when that kid hears a rap song that kids his age participated in, the content will be taken more seriously and the message will be rooted in his head as he grows up; and by that we play a hand in the creation of a more mature generation that understands and relates to what social development and peace mean.


The timeline of the project is between January and June of 2016, the workshop will be available in January or in the beginning of February because the school year in Sudan ends at the end of February or the beginning of March. There will be more free time for the kids in the next few months because of their yearly vacation; which will ensure the comfort and freedom from their academic commitments; and eventually leading to more perfected made results. We will record the tracks of the project in a professional studio; and Sudanese producers will be responsible of producing the instrumentals.


The initial budget of the project will be 1,500 Euro; which will be divided into the budget of the recording, the audio engineering, in addition to the transportation and feeding of kids. The remaining budget will be spent on making music videos for two tracks from the mixtape to take advantage of social media (Youtube, Facebook) as they are used the most by the youth; and will also be spent on printing ten CDs of the mixtape to be given to local radio stations to broadcast. Lastly, increasing the budget of the project to be more than 1,500 will surely help taking the professionalism of the project to another level and making more creative ideas achievable.

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Nahla Ahmed
Member since 14th of September 2015
Posted 20th of November 2015

powerful Africa...why not?

Art gives youth a unique means of expression and addressing their communities' social challenges. But more important is that youth simulate realities that are akin to needs and desires by art works.

My Idea is to produce art works that reflect and show how Sudan and Africa would look like if we achieved the sustainable development goals using for instance: making a film showing how it would be like if we put an end to famine in the horn of Africa? How this would affect the well-being of our communities? What it would look like if dying children were healthy and receive education instead of suffering from hunger? Another example is making a theater plays show how it would be like if there were no unemployment concerns? And Sudan has its Great human resources within instead of immigrate to have a decent job? What it would look like if the overall business environment in sudan had stable and accountable institutions And great Sudanese minds didn’t have to flee homeland? Why sustainable development is important ?
Activities:-

1- Visual arts (film making and drawings).

2- Theater.

3- Music.

Goals to achieve :

- make Sustainable development in our community a vivid and imaginative conception to Public especially Youth instead of being an ambiguous conception.

-raise awareness about the critical importance of Sustainable development and its positive impact on the health and well being of our communities.

- Empowering youth to Identify and understand local issues of concerns.

- achieve meaningful youth civic engagement.

- make connection and networking local artists in Sustainable development networks and platforms.

- Increase public hopefulness and motivation and show that change is within reach.



Timeline:

Jan –April: Preparation.

May-June: Implementation.

Place:

Sudan, then hopefully all Africa

Budget:

1500 -2000 euro

tools, transportation and materials.

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Fatima
Member since 12th of November 2015
Posted 19th of November 2015

Spreading Equality

We are different in colours . beliefs and traditions.
many misunderstanding situations may happen because of being different.
Everyone want to know the facts behind the others attitude ... so as to reach these facts i propose to make a reality show targeting certain points to discuss ..starting with treatment between people from the three countries .. to the political relationship between them .. by selecting random people from markets and any public properties .. ask them questions .. get the answers we want .. and discuss these points then get to a conclusion of the complete state.. the programme will also include other activities using social media .. After we gather the points we want to talk about .. there must be an "opening heart" club and show to the people who were hurt .. make them know that we are all the same..and let them express what they want freely in different ways even using art .. so as to maintain a state of peace between them if they were in the same country
Moreover after we get to a conclusion we can make a charity party inviting people from the different three countries to add more comfort feeling to the people because we are not doing this to make problems but actually to solve them .. all the funds of the party will be used in the sake of spreading peace and more development for the three countries ..
This will be in the period of May-June 2016
Mostly it won't cost alot of money ..nearly in the range of 15.000 sgd
These are only the main points

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S.Siddig
Member since 20th of November 2015
Posted 20th of November 2015

Project Asmar Louna

Sudan, a diverse afro-arab nation that bridges the Middle East and Africa is one that should celebrate its multicultural tapestry of people. Bringing together hundreds of tribes, ethnicities and languages under one flag, Sudan has been a melting pot long before the term "globalization" became the catch-phrase of multinational companies. Yet Sudan suffers from a chronic dilemma surrounding skin color like many formerly colonized countries. Women face the strongest pressure. The lighter the better, or so they are told. Unfortunately many of them resort to harmful skin whitening/bleaching products that often result in birth defects, cancer and other diseases.

Our project aims to improve the image of natural skin color in Sudanese society through use of creative art forms -- oral and visual. This project will recruit university students, men and women, across Khartoum to develop positive images of browner skin complexions. In groups, students will draw face portraits, write poetry/songs, and build photo galleries celebrating brown complexions. Through their social networks, project members will encourage other students to join our campaign against these toxic products and raise awareness of the health risks of skin lightening/bleaching. This will in turn positively influence society and particularly women from using these hazardous products. Project duration will be 6 months from January - June 2016 with a budget of 1,500 euros to cover campaign activities. The campaign will be called "Asmar Louna" (her brown complexion), a song by famed Sudanese singer Mohamed Wardi.

It is our belief that this project will address a vital social, environmental and public health concern that has plagued Sudan for decades. Not only will this project improve the self-esteem of brown skinned individuals but it will hopefully create a balanced, "colorful" environment in Sudan that is conducive to the well-being of all of its citizens.

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Fikadu Disasa
Member since 9th of November 2015
Posted 15th of November 2015

From Adversity of the Commons to Mutualism for Common Welfare through Art and Dialogue in Kerfef Mountain Catchment, Ethiopia

The project uses Art and dialogue and will contribute to collective action for governance of the commons at Kerfef upland catchments for mutual local and global benefits by catalyzing the ongoing Participatory Forest Resource Management (PFM) process.
There is the weak local institution in Tombe Wole communities that has led to adversity of the commons in Kerfef. Whereas such problem exists in many parts of the world, the case in Ethiopia is worse as majority of people are directly natural resource-dependent for their livelihoods. It can be adopted from a few success stories in PFM approaches at Chilimo, Bonga, and Bale where institutional buildings have swept away the scenario of the “Tragedy of the Commons” in favour of the better scenario of common resources for common welfare. PFM is the process of ensuring that there is shared responsibility of forest management between key stakeholders and the state, and that there is a sustainable flow of benefits to communities and other key stakeholders.
The PFM process is underway by a local NGO called Woliso Youth Development Association (WYDA) in its broad watershed management intervention. Indeed, the target Active Citizens have already taken part through (i) Environmental Volunteerism that included pear education, nursery management and afforestation works and (ii) “Environment Focused art Shows”.
The current project uses 1,500 Euros and local resources for the period from January to June 2016 to catalyze the ongoing PFM process by turning the momentum of adversity of the common resources to mutualism for common welfare. Led by active citizens and their disciples, the dramas, simulation games, essays by children and community dialogues will be tuned to envision new scenarios and to encourage collective action for environmental sustainability.

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Ayantu Kumela
Member since 23rd of November 2015
Posted 1st of December 2015

Theatre and Inclusive Sport to Reduce the Negative Effects of Agricultural and Domestic Child Labor

Senkele Halemariam village in Woliso district of Oromia Region is known for high child work contribution in agriculture and household. The residents depend on traditional agriculture that requires household labor including that of children as young as 6 years old. The physical literacy is generally low and no one is concerned about ergonomic aspects of tools utilization and functional exercises to reduce health risks. As evident from a recent assessment (participant observation) by volunteer members from ‘Woliso Green Runners’, there are common symptoms of self reported Masculo-Skeletal Disorder (MSD) among the adults, who have been engaged in agricultural works from their childhood with no physical literacy. Startling is that even today children and youth, particularly females, rarely participate in sports. On the other hand, some of the children are engages in laborious works such as digging, plowing, caring heavy loads, fetching water from distant, etc. The problem is worse among the adolescent girls who are not encouraged to engage in sport activities. A good evidence is from a recent community youth-initiated recreational sport event in the surrounding villages in which few girls appeared to take part. Not only the health and social benefits of sport are forgone, but the talent pool in sport also remains unexploited.The current project uses the combination of theatre, health education and basic physical literacy to reduce the negative effects of child labor in Senkele Halemariam Village. It also contributes to the talent search in sport which is the interest of the local stakeholder, Youth and Sport Office. The project utilizes $2,000 (out of which $500 volunteerism contribution) to implement the activities over five months from February to June 2016. Totally, 2000 children from 1000 households will be direct participants. The main implementer is a team of volunteer athletes led by experienced Active Citizen.

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nada Abdelrahman
Member since 11th of September 2015
Posted 10th of November 2015

hand-making arts for development

Sudan is a developing country , we have many cities are not designed to live in easily
with no electricity or any good public services . Those cities are parts of and so close to Khartoum .
People who live there are suffering from keeping up with the entertainment ways of the new world and finding the easy way to create activities like the population of the city center are having , so the resort to the traditional ways of creating entertainment .
Children at those cities are rely on the scrap to recycle it and have an out comes by enjoying the process of making those new products and then play with them , those children depends on their talent , their experience and the regular tools of making like stones and knife
Our project is a workshop that targeting those small cities " soba alaradi as a starting point " to work with those children to improve their technical and artistic hand skills ,and to provide them the proper tools to work with for achieving the best final result , and for encouraging those small artist will organize an exhibition for their work and reflect the improvement that they have , and also to attract the other children who had different lifestyle so they follow the technology and never had a hand activities.
The timeline of the workshop is 10 days , during the end of school holiday , between February and April
it will be 6 hours daily from 9 Am to 3 PM , contain activities of gathering those children with artists and engineers for mentoring during the workshop .
we are targeting 40 child to work with , give them the space to unleash their imagination and the mentors will give the advice that they need to do they work the right way
our budget will include the child's transportation between their houses and the center that we will includes the workshop , a meal i the middle of the day , the tools and the scraps that they need to do they work , the mentor fees , and enabling tools for children to sustain their activities
it will be almost 20000 SDG

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Bush Buse
Member since 15th of November 2015
Posted 15th of November 2015

Arts for peace & positive social development, South Sudan

1. Project description
• Project title: Arts for peace & positive social development
• Implementer: Bush Buse & HOLLA peer educators
• Contacts, +211955835283/bush2buse@yahoo.com
• Beneficiaries: Students from 10 secondary schools of Juba – South Sudan aged 18 – 35 years old, female (125) Males (125)
• Project location: Nyakuron Cultural Center for the launching & selected school halls for regular activities of the project - South Sudan, Juba
• Duration: June – July.2016
• Budget required: 1500 $

2. Background
South Sudan attained its independence on 9th.July.2011 but has been engulfed in a culture of violence and wars. Youth that constitute 70% of the nation’s population have been the primary victims of the crisis. Senses of youth are flooded by sound of violence, hatred, bloodshed, tribalism and conflicts. Many of videos, games and images they see promote violence and hatred. Many youth are having more conflicts with their peers and find it difficult to keep and appreciate differences.
This project will address the need of the beneficiaries through improving social co-existence and trust.

3. Objectives:
• To increase youth engagement in peace building and improve attitudes and perception towards co-existence, trust building and appreciation of diversity.
• To reduce incidences of gender based violence.
• To enhance cross-cultural understanding among youth of south Sudan.

4. Activities:
• Traditional dances
• Drama, songs, games & sports, poems, debate and video presentations on peace and social co-existence
• Drawing symbols of peace and non-violence such as dove, a handshake & a smile
• Radio and TV talk shows.

5. Outcome:
• Increased youth engagement in peace building and improve attitudes and perception towards co-existence, trust building and appreciation of diversity
• Reduced incidences of gender based violence
• Enhanced cross-cultural understanding among youth of south Sudan.

6. Community participation:
• Students will be mobilized to participate effectively and efficiently for the success of the project.
• Government shall be requested to provide the national hall for the launching of the project and security.

7. Monitoring & evaluation:
Participants will elect leaders to monitor the day to day implementation of the project. While financial and activity reports shall be provided regularly to HOLLA & UNDP.

8. Risk management plan;
Due to the ongoing conflicts that has affected the economy of South Sudan; there is an anticipation of price instability which might adversely impact the implementation of the project. However measures such as reduction of participants or increment of the project budget shall be put in place to tackle barriers that might hinder the successful implementation of the project.

9. Sustainability of the project:
There shall be a formation of clubs in the target secondary schools entitled Arts for Peace & Positive Social development clubs with their leaders to carry regular activities for the project.

10. Itemized budget:

Item Cost
Transport of participants 500 $
Arts materials 200 $
Soda, water & sandwiches 300 $
Sound system & documentation 200 $
Organization & security 200 $
Contingencies 100 $
Grand total 1500 $

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Wibishet Fessha
Member since 17th of November 2015
Posted 18th of November 2015

Video Storytelling for Peace Building and Equality

Background
In Kembata Tembaro Zone, SNNPR of Ethiopia, live a severely marginalized group of people derogatorily referred to as the Fugas. They are potters, part of the artisan group and the former slaves who are considered sub-human due to an old tradition of class division. They are deprived of education, health, legal and economic development due to marginalization.

Project Title
The Golden Hands

Running Time
10-20 Minutes

Format
Video Documentary

Summary
This is the story of a clay maker, Tadelech, in the Kembata Community who is a member of a severely marginalized group of people derogatorily referred to as the Fugas.

Tadelech never greets or socializes with the Womanos (literally translated to the decent group). She and ‘her likes’ sit isolated and eat leftovers at social events. They never share public transportation and never dare enter stores to buy grocery. Tadelech could be evicted from her house if she refuses to work for the tenure; a Womano, who allegedly owns her land. Her children never play with other children from the gentle class. They are humiliated, ridiculed, knocked and bruised. Tadelech is sad; her husband lacks confidence and dignity in the community.

Target Audience
This video caters for the hearts and minds of Womano community members and its elders who are opinion leaders, local-lawmakers and executioners.

Medium of Dissemination
This video will be viewed and discussed in Community Capacity Enhancement-through Community Conversation (CCE-CC) under KMG Ethiopia, a local NGO working to alleviate the marginalization.

Call for Action
What if Tadelech was your mother, wife, sister or daughter would you have treated her same?

Production Period
20 Days

Budget
Research and rapport building $ 225
Camera and Sound equipment Rent $ 375
Production Cost /professional fees/ $ 725
Travel and Accommodation $ 175

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Bush Buse
Member since 15th of November 2015
Posted 20th of November 2015

Arts for peace & positive social development, South Sudan

South Sudan attained its independence on 9th.July.2011 but has been engulfed in a culture of violence and wars. Youth that constitute 70% of the nation’s population have been the primary victims of the crisis. Senses of youth are flooded by sound of violence, hatred, bloodshed, tribalism and conflicts. Many of videos, games and images they see promote violence and hatred. Many youth are having more conflicts with their peers and find it difficult to keep and appreciate differences.
Beneficiaries of the project are Students from secondary schools of Juba – South Sudan aged 18 – 35 years old, female (125) Males (125) Location & duration is Juba between June – July – 2016.
The project objective is to increase youth engagement in peace building and improve attitudes and perception towards co-existence, trust building and appreciation of diversity through traditional dances, Drama, songs, games & sports, debates, video presentations on peace and social co-existence, Drawing symbols of peace and non-violence such as dove, a handshake & a smile, Radio and TV presentations.
Increased youth engagement in peace building and improve attitudes and perception towards co-existence, trust building and appreciation of diversity is the expected outcome
Students will be mobilized to participate effectively and efficiently for the success of the project whereas Government shall be requested to provide security & the national hall. Financial and activity reports shall be provided regularly to HOLLA & UNDP.
Due to the ongoing conflicts that has affected the economy of South Sudan; there is an anticipation of price instability which might adversely impact the project but measures of participants’ reduction or increment of the project budget shall be put in place curb the barriers.
There shall be a formation of clubs in the target secondary to ensure project sustainability.
Required budget: 1500 Euro

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