Social reporting from the Gender Network face-2-face: in the role of the social reporter

July 01, 2014 | Blog-Admin1 | SDC Experiences, SDC Networks |


Rating: 4.0 out of 5

photo SRSocial reporting from network events is commonly used in the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Yet every social reporting process is unique and tied to its context; it is like embarking on a new learning adventure. In this blog post we would like to share the story of the social reporting team at the face-2-face meeting 2014 of the Gender Network.

Isabelle Jost & Danielle Rosset SDC


A consultant on gender, one intern from the gender team and one intern from the division knowledge and learning processesconstituted the reporting team. While the consultant made sure that the social reporting content reflected the gender perspective, the two interns did the video-interviews, took pictures and collected the contributions made by the participants. This light version of the social reporting – which is a mix between a traditional ( individual written back-to Office Reports) and a full social reporting (co-created by the participants during the face-2-face event) – allowed us to make the reporting inclusive and participatory.


Collecting impressions and insights from the participants

  • While interviewing and filming development professionals spontaneously on the role and the challenges of a gender focal point, the network members  got the chance to say their ideas on the topic and to express what they had learnt during the day.
  • Thanks to the National Programme Officers (NPO) that made discussions summaries on the different workshops they had visited, the partcipants were able to learn more on the subject, while at the same time discover the diverse and unique perspectives of their writing colleagues.  They got to see new aspects and gained an understanding of the whole picture on the matter.
  • Each morning one of person of the social reporting team presented the picture that they had chosen as the picture of the day and some key points. The participants enjoyed seeing a snapshot of the past day before starting the program. Moreover, this little morning energizer informed people who joined the event later on.


Pic of the day

Picture of the Day: Gender Focal Points Mali, Burkina Faso, Bénin

 Our impressions and learning

  • We were impressed by the readiness of the participants to voluntarily write articles or give interviews. In fact, asking people before the event via email to act as a reporter of the face-2-face was far less successful than inviting them directly during the face-2-face to participate and express their knowledge. It seems that people are keener to express themselves and share their ideas once they have met each other.
  • Collecting and showing on a big projector the pictures that network members had taken during their field trip to Swiss farms, allowed all participants to share their individual and unique experiences. This was a simple and good way of making the reporting more participatory. This was also reflected in the evaluation of the social reporting where one NPO wrote:

the reporting was useful because not only the organizers managed it, but participants were also so close involved

Pic Field Trip

Field Trip: Gender Focal Point Mozambique

  • Some NPOs told us that they were going to use the content of the social reporting to report back to their office and colleagues. Our evaluation showed that, 10 out of 15 participants had used the material of the social reporting to inform their colleagues that were not able to attend f2f.
  • Navigating through the face-2-face blog of the gender Gender platform, ideas and lessons learned of the participants come to life again. This website is not only a vessel containing some information or summing up a past event… no, it is a diary containing valuable knowledge of development professionals around the world.

What have been your experiences with social-reporting on face-2-face events?

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