Australian Foundation for the People of Asian and the Pacific (AFAP) is an independent secular, not-for-profit NGO that aims to be a leading agent for poverty alleviation through innovative and appropriate community-based development. They work directly with local partners that are independent agencies employing local professionals with considerable experience, local knowledge and skills throughout the Pacific, Asia and Africa.
Improve literacy around development issues and solutions amongst intergenerational users.
After looking through AFAP’s work the thing that stuck out was how all their programs;
– sit at the intersection of society, culture and the natural world
– have government and independent organizations, agencies, donors, community groups, individuals and stakeholders collaborating.
So we decided the core concept of the project should be the interdependence of partnerships, society, culture and the environment for creating sustainable development.
We conceptualised INTERDEPENDENCE, an online portal harnessing storytelling, interactivity and playful learning. The portal explores real world development issues and solutions through the lens of AFAP’s programs in Vietnam, touching on the role of society, culture and environment within each.
We decided a patchwork of media would add to the site’s dynamism and increase the feeling of exploring so we used video, still images, text and infographic to tell the story. We edited Nicola Bailey’s footage and photos, and used Monique Coffey’s graphic design skills for the infographic.
We also conceptualised an INTERACTIVE LEARNING TOOL to be part of the online portal, a tool allowing students to ‘learn by doing’ and create a community based development program based on real world limitations and resources in Vietnam. Working closely with community based development expert Rebekah Enoch from AFAP we identified the key steps – community consultation, identifying local resources, identifying beneficiaries, finding partners, taking action and reflection. Web developer, CSS and parallax genius Andrew Enochbuilt the interactive learning tool, combining content and interactivity to maximise engagement and learning.
Interdependence ‘gives development issues a face’, ties statistics to real people and highlights the connections between Australians and international communities, as well as between global and local issues.
The website is a resource for AFAP, used by high school students and community groups in their advocacy and educational talks.
EXCERPTS FROM THE WEBSITE
Interactive learning tool: The interactive learning tool takes students through 6 steps to creating a community based development program; community consultation, identifying local resources, identifying beneficiaries, finding partners, taking action and reflection.
Photo story: Learn about what life is like for a 12 year old girl in rural northern Vietnam
Video: The best kind of development is that which helps people to help themselves, and which will continue to do so long after the development project has finished.
Concept and design by Rebekah Enoch, AFAP and Jordan Bryon
Web development and CSS by Andrew Enoch
Photography and cinematography by Nicola Bailey
Graphics by Monique Coffey
Australian Foundation for the People of Asian and the Pacific (AFAP) is an independent secular, not-for-profit NGO that aims to be a leading agent for poverty alleviation through innovative and appropriate community-based development. They work directly with local partners that are independent agencies employing local professionals with considerable experience, local knowledge and skill through-out the Pacific, Asia and Africa.
Communicate what AFAP does.
An advocacy film about their development programs and local partnerships in Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Timor Leste. AFAP’s community-based development programs focus on alleviating poverty around the world through forming community partnerships. We identified that strengthening and empowering local NGOs and community groups in developing countries is a unique approach to development so we decided to focus on that.
Community Development | Vietnam