VisCom4Dev explores a new model for participatory visual communication that increases communication between people in communities – including people with no formal education – and those in positions of power in private sector, governments and development agencies. To promote more inclusive, equitable and transparent decision-making and policy.

The blog brings together visual inspiration from:

  • community drawings, diagrams and stories from women, men and young people in Africa and Asia who participated in participatory workshops I and colleagues have facilitated on empowerment, leadership and livelihoods.
  • visual communication principles used by designers and illustrators creating wordless animations and interactive animated info-graphics. 

See Visual Inspiration

as the basis for: 

  • a body of interactive animated pictorial info-graphics on development concepts and strategies that can be downloaded from this blog onto a mobile phone and used in villages, communities and organisations worldwide without the need for literacy or translation.

See Visual Innovation

It is also hoped that bringing this information together on this blog may also inspire others to experiment further in their own work. It also provides:

  • a set of principles and guidelines for a new model of community-led pictorial communication and participatory practice in development work. 
  • information on how similar development resources could be produced by people in communities and organisations using locally available materials and free software.
  • ideas for how some of the material could be disseminated through alternative media eg street art, ‘branded’ ceramic mugs and plates and how drawings could be made eg with string and glue darkened with charcoal dust for communication by blind people who are generally excluded from visual communication.