The Sahel on Sahel: Collaborative Visual Anthropology-project is studying social and communication processes in the Sahel, by providing Sahelian universities and communities with tools for improving capacities for dialogue and for communicating grassroots perspectives, values and needs.
To reach our goal, Sahel on Sahel shall develop competences in Collaborative Visual Anthropology at the Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako, Mali and Abdou Moumouni University Niamey, Niger, at the University of Maroua and the University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, and produce relevant knowledge on the current situation in the Sahel, and contribute to cross-cultural dialogue and peace processes in the Sahel. This implies that the local populations will be equipped with the means to save, secure and distribute their audio-visual stories. This also implies technical capacity, equipment and institutionalization. Competence in Collaborative Visual Anthropology will be used to establish visual dialogue with Sahelian societies through the applied, “Sahel par lui même,” initiative - organizing reflexive film-training courses to teach individuals selected by their communities to make films about their collective lives. We are establishing a Centre of Digital Archives, Learning and Dissemination, to process the films and ancillary materials to facilitate continuous dialogue on local issues in the Sahel.