Top 10 International Development Videos 2022

It’s been quite a while since I last posted my lists of favourite YouTube videos which cover issues related to development, so I thought it was time for a new list! To be honest, I haven’t seen as many good videos as I used to in previous years. Perhaps charities and NGOs are allocating their social media spend on Instagram and TikTok instead?

MSF Norway – Anti-Racism: When you picture Doctors Without Borders, what do you see?

I love this video which explains MSF Norway’s approach to reduce racist stereotypes of white saviours and powerless victims. See my longer blog post for more information.

Chance for Childhood – #Overexposed Campaign

In a similar vain to MSF, this video explains how Chance for Childhood have decided to remove identifiable features of children in their campaigns. My thoughts in another blog post.

Oxfam – 75 years of second hand style

Simple shareable video promoting second hand fashion in the build up to Christmas.

Save the Children – 2022 A Year in Pictures and the stories behind them

Brilliant campaign which explains the stories behind the photography process! There is also a great accompanying microsite.

Charity Water – The journey of your donation

Simple video explaining how donations reach communities around the world.

Greenpeace – The TRUTH about our recycling – The Big Plastic Count Results

Effective explainer about the UK recycling system and its many flaws.

Doctors Without Borders UK – Can storytelling help to save lives?

Similar to the first two videos, this video explains the process of co-creating stories of change. Some nice animations but the audio quality is quite poor in parts.

UNICEF – We throw out 3 e-waste objects for every newborn

I’m a huge fan of collage which is probably why this caught my eye, however there are some interesting facts in this video explainer about e-waste.

Amnesty International – How companies from your country may be linked to war crimes in Myanmar

Some disturbing facts in this reportage style video. Great graphics.

Plan International and Karma’s World: Collaboration

Plan International’s first-ever animated Global Ambassador. Interesting….

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Save the Children – 2022: a year in pictures and the stories behind them

2022 A Year in Pictures

I love this video and microsite about Save the Children’s 30 favourite photos from 2022 which aims to show that children were not passive victims or simply observers.

Some wonderful insights from the photographers of how they went about capturing these images. I’ve heard of a few of the photographers from EveryDay Africa, but would love to see more of the other photographers work. It’s a shame each photographer did not have a hyperlink to their potfolios.

But this is a minor criticism of a fantastic campaign. Well done Save the Children.

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Save the Children – Syria Six Year Anniversary Photography Project

Award-winning photographer Nick Ballon and conceptual artist Alma Haser have partnered up to produce a series of conceptual, photographs and animations, visualising the mental health impact of conflict on Syrian children, to mark six years since the war began.

Commissioned by Save the Children, the artists worked with six refugee children now living in Turkey. The initiative coincides with a major research project by the charity, Invisible Wounds, which found widespread evidence of ‘toxic stress’ and mental health issues among children still living inside Syria.SAVE-THE-CHILDREN

In order to visualise the invisible, psychological pain these children suffer, Save the Children worked with the two artists to produce a powerful photography and animation project – the first collaboration of its kind. All of the images, photographed by Nick Ballon near the Turkey-Syria border where these children now live, have been physically manipulated and art-worked by Alma Haser using a variety of creative techniques, including ripping, folding, crumpling and origami – each one selected to suit the story the children told.

Alongside the images, Save the Children has also produced a series of short animations which combine video of the portraits being manipulated with audio testimonies from the children and their relatives. In contrast with the now familiar news imagery of Syria’s war, this project offers a different visual perspective, bringing to the fore the brutal psychological scars of war which usually remain out of sight.

For the Invisible Wounds report, Save the Children and its Syrian partners interviewed more than 450 children, adolescents and adults inside Syria in the largest study of its kind conducted during the course of the conflict. It found that children are living in an almost constant state of fear, terrified by shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence, with devastating psychological consequences.

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International Development Videos 2016

I started curating videos about International Development in 2013. There was no particular criteria, I wanted to showcase a few videos that inspired some emotion within me. Some of the videos were thought provoking, others were inspirational, innovative, educational or brought a tear to me eye. Since then I have been on SAIH’s Rusty and Golden Radiator Panel which aims to critique the use of video in humanitarian communications. Below are a few videos I’ve found interesting this year.

Here are links to videos that caught my eye in 2014 and 2015.

UNICEF – #SyriaCrisis: 5 Years in 60 seconds

Adopt a Dane Foundation – Africa is rescuing old people from Denmark

 

Project Literacy – The Alphabet of Illiteracy

Charity:Water – Fight Dirty With Us

Plan International UK – What do girls really learn at school? Learn without fear

Islamic Relief – Countries in Conflict

UNICEF – A storybook wedding – except for one thing

WaterAid – Manpons 

UNICEF – Unfairy Tales: Malak and boat

Save the Children – Still The Most Shocking Day

WaterAid – Claudia Sings Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Plan International – Mamie’s Dream

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Save the Children – Still the Most Shocking Day Video

So, I did have insider information that a sequel was on it’s way, but I knew little more than that. Here it is, the follow up to Save’s The Most Shocking Day. I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I heard there was going to be a “sequel” and didn’t know what to expect. The new video is indeed quite shocking, sobering, depressing. It made me incredibly sad watching it – all the time thinking of my own two children who are a similar age to the child portrayed in the video.

A couple of questions spring to mind: Will it get as many views as the first video and Will it encourage people to donate? I’ll let you decide….

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