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International affairs and multimedia production

The actors

> The client: FPI / EU Commission (Brussels)
> Project management & contracting: Transtec SA (Brussels)
> Production: Collateral Creations
> Director: Alban Biaussat
> Methodology, filming & editing: Alban Biaussat & Michel Tabet
> Graphic & motion design: LOUIS
> Audio calibration: Pierre Martinet
> Colour calibration: Jean Marie Belloteau



The IcSP Programme in Sudan started in late July 2014 for the duration of 36 months and has an overall budget of 13.5 million Euros. It aims to contribute to peace, security and stability in Sudan in general, addressing both recurrent and emerging needs in the field of good governance, peace-building, and economic and social development. As such, the Sudanese case studies depicted in the video illustrates the bigger analysis and help promote some of its key findings. The end product is a 20 minutes film. A shorter clip has also been edited down to a few minutes, as a short trailer usable for communication purpose.

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The context

The main purpose of this “pilot” video evaluation production is to contribute to EU internal capitalization and learning process about IfS/IcSP by stressing key recommendations of the meta-analysis of several evaluations reports, and to illustrate those with audiovisual documentation of on-going projects in the field. IcSP projects in Sudan were chosen as case studies because they appear appropriate with regard to the approach and recommendations stressed in the meta analysis report, and because they relate to a diversity of issues, implementing agencies, and are a different implementation stages.

Collateral Creations was chosen by the Foreign Policy Instruments Service of the EU to support and evaluate the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) in Sudan using documentary and creative video tools. It is part of a larger support and evaluation assignment of the EU Instrument of Stability (IfS & IcSP) implemented by Transtec.

A great deal of debate is taking place among development professionals related to project evaluation, including in conflict/crisis/fragile environments, where timing rarely allows for traditional formulation of activities. Besides, related parameters are difficult to track and monitor, and the question remains about what criteria and indicators should be used. Many informed professional agree that the risk is to fail to appreciate a number of projects and initiatives because their value for money is hard to demonstrate using existing tools and methodologies.

A meta analysis of many evaluation reports about past projects has been prepared which formulates a number of key recommendations. One of the emerging conclusions is that IfS/IcSP projects take place in difficult fast-paced contexts, where change is important to account for using professional judgment, which calls for better contextualization of projects and activities, and for encouraging programmatic or portfolio approaches to evaluation.

Among other challenges, the report stresses that innovative ways to capture evidence need to be developed and tested, as well as news formats to facilitate knowledge management and wider dissemination. The argument is that audiovisual tools could be best at capturing elements of context and judgment, which are at the core of the Theory of Change.

Filmed evaluation approach

Based on preliminary research, 3 key “meta” recommendations appeared most relevant to the Sudanese case, which Collateral Creations sought to address during filmed interviews with various interlocutors:

  • “Contextualisation” argument: promote the value of mainstreaming of conflict analyses in project management in relation to the Theory of Change (ToC) approach.
  • “Added value & coordination” argument: promote portfolio programming and evaluation from the EU perspective, linking policy and development matters beyond individual projects.
  • “Judgment elaboration” argument: promote expert thinking to help shape a professional judgment about evaluation criteria.

International operations in Sudan face a number of constraints, principally related to limitations of movements as travelling inside the country to visit projects’ sites requires the preliminary agreement of the authorities, which is granted only with difficulties. In the end, the film crew could not gain access outside Khartoum and shooting was therefore restricted to the capital and to workplaces mostly, offering limited visual opportunities.

The editing phase was entirely based on the original footage of interviews shot by Collateral Creations’ team. The film was built to refer to gallery of portraits from which relevant collected comments were picked to build the narrative.

The full length video evaluation is available upon request. Please write to :

You can watch the video in English here:

IcSP Sudan video evaluation - short from Collateral Creations on Vimeo.

Some screen captures of this video are available below:

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