Development Progress is a four year research project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aiming to measure, understand and communicate where and how development progress has happened.

As part of this project, the Overseas Development Institute partnered with award-winning charity PhotoVoice to find out what development looks and feels like from the perspective of those who live it every day. Photography workshops were run in six countries around the world to give community members the skills and equipment needed to share their personal experiences. 

This short documentary tells the story of the project, focusing on 3 case studies: Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru.



Direction | Camera | Editing by Shell Coe


Direction | Camera | Editing by Shell Coe



Public Exhibition at Royal Geographical Society 

The main showcase for this project will be at the Royal Geographical Society in London in February 2015. This will include a public photographic exhibition in the pavilion from 16 – 26 February, and on Thursday 26 February there will be a free programme of speakers and a panel debate in the RGS lecture hall, together with a screening of the trailer for the film. 

Cover image & feature article in Geographical Magazine

The official Royal Geographical Society magazine, Geographical, published a feature piece on the Development Progress project in their February 2015 issue and used my photograph of Ethiopian spiritual leader She Abdulkadir Tuka as the cover image for the whole magazine.

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The following 6 communications clips give a snapshot insight into each project that took place over the year, using a mixture of footage shot by myself and footage supplied by the PhotoVoice facilitator in China, Ghana and Tunisia.