Who knows a community better than the community itself?

The inhabitants of two villages in Dak Lak have been doing the research in a recent PhotoVoice project. This is one of the ways to do co-research which is an ideal way to empower ethnic minorities. On April 15 a workshop and an exhibition will present the results.

The most notable aim of the co-research method is to actively involve the insider in the actual research. iSEE is guiding and gets involved in discussions but at the end of the day it is up to the villagers to decide which issues they think is important. It is their lives so they should be in charge. And who knows a community better than the community itself?

The attendants for the workshop are primarily ethnic minority representatives, government officials and journalists. The event takes place at Dak Lak Museum and iSEE will present some of the research results and one person from each village will present a selected photo and the stories behind it. At 4 pm the exhibition is open for the public.

A PhotoVoice project is a good way for the villagers to get in contact with their surrounding society. Ethnic minorities need to be included in the decision-making processes and a project like this will give them an experience of being included and being heard on equal terms.

80-year-old Aduon Brai from Ea Sar village. She goes on a daily walk to collect cow excrements which will be used for fertilizing. If she can fill up her sacks she makes 70.000 VND.

iSEE has handpicked two villages that are quite different and this also gives an opportunity to compare the insights. Buon Tring is a traditional Ede village which was founded over 100 years ago. Ea Kar is only 20 years old and consists of several different ethnic groups.

The photo exhibition is an exclusive invitation to the very heart of the two villages. The audience will experience how life unfolds itself from an inside point of view, both everyday life and the special occasions. The villagers offer a close up of the homes, the scenery and the people.