Development cooperation ,08.01.2013

Storytent in AFRICA I


Story Tent is a project, that will give voice to the voiceless. It is basically simple, but at the same time demanding project, where a movable studio - a tent - will be taken to the places where ordinary people live and work. Story Tent will ask people to tell stories, which are in their hearts and minds. Story Tent will work together with the community and different groups in the society trying to find especially those, who normally has no possibilities to tell their stories publicly: women, disabled people, refugees, people living in the poverty. Stories of Story Tent are easily possible to modify to be used also in the radio, newspapers and in the internet. The most important principle in the Story Tent method is to believe in the equality of the citizens of the society: to have the approach of respect and and unique interest in the stories of the people. The Story Tent is a way to build the society of the democracy. The development problem addressed by this project, is the problem of access to information especially of and by the most vulnerable groups. The project is directly related to gender equality and reducing inequality. Environmental issues will also be covered in documentary films and the Storytent stories. The main aim of the project is to bring the voices and problems of the poorest people forwards better. The project will concentrate on training the existing documentary makers, but the Storytents will remain in each country. The main beneficiaries are local journalists and TV production institutions as well as the poor and vulnerable groups in each country.


  • 2013: 36 899 €
  • 2014: 27 218 €
  • 2015: 22 609 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Media and free flow of information 60%
  • Democratic participation and civil society 30%
  • Human rights 10%

Special target group

  • women
  • children
  • youth
  • elderly people
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

  • VIestintä ja kehitys-säätiö
  • Steps in the Southern Africa
  • Seven Productions



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