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The European Union Delegation launched the video competition among the different partners implementing projects and programmes fully or partially funded by the EU.
They were to produce a three-minute short video presenting a success story of EU cooperation in Ghana, focusing on the actual results of the projects in question and with particular emphasis on the change the project produced/will produce in the lives of beneficiaries directly or indirectly. There were two categories, self-produced videos and professionally produced videos.
In all, 13 videos were presented for the competition for both categories, which were selected by an on-line audience from the Delegation's social media platforms, by public voting in the Cinema and by a four member panel. For the self-produced videos, Action Aid, was adjudged the best with the video titled "Paul's story: Changing lives with mushroom", followed by The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), with the video "The Dependable Partner". The third position went to World Vision with the Video "Reversing Land Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture".
The professionally produced videos saw the German International Agency (GIZ), winning the first prize with their video on Market Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP), followed by Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) with their video, "ARAP Changing lives", with Christian Aid winning the third prize with their video "Changing Lives through Growing Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Development (GEOSP)". A special prize was presented to Action Aid for their video "Paul's story: Changing lives with mushroom" for winning the best video that appeal to the European public.
All the participating projects were presented certificates of participation and Bamboo speakers while the first three adjudged the best for each of the categories were in addition presented with special plaques for their efforts.
In a few remarks, the EU Chargé d' Affaires to Ghana Delegation, Paolo Salvia said to build such a renewed partnership, there is need for constant discussion and understanding at all levels, using the 'traditional' tools as the Political Dialogue, the demarches, the dialogue with civil society but also inventing new tools, employing all means at our disposal.
"A good example is the video-competition we organized. The resulting videos showcase how our partners in the field and their projects are 'changing lives' (this was the title of the competition) for many citizens in Ghana. The videos have been shown during this evening and are on our social media. We will present awards to some of them later tonight, but I want already to thank those who took part in the competition for their valuable contributions".