DS Around the World

Here you will find information about DS around the world.

CyberSmart Africa

Cyber Smart Africa attempts to bring technology to all corners of Africa in a cost effective manner. Its goal is to incorporate 21st century skills using DS into African classrooms with low-cost technology.



EngenderHealth is a leading global reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in more than 20 countries around the world. In partnership with governments and communities, they train local health professionals to provide high-quality services in maternal health, family planning, and HIV and AIDS. The organization uses digital stories to tell the stories of those they've helped and of the ones who are in need of their health services.


Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling Around the World

The purpose of this research study was to determine how educators, students and others around the world are using digital storytelling to support the educational process. This study provides a general framework about educational uses of digital storytelling in different countries and describes the different perceptions of people in different cultures about this technology. An online survey was used to collect responses from a group of educators, students and others in educational settings to determine how they are using digital storytelling for educational purposes. The results show the current situation of educational uses of digital storytelling around the world and explore some of the benefits and challenges educators face in implementing digital storytelling in their institutions.

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UNICEF: Sharing Digital Stories in the Developing World

A project sponsored by UNICEF in 2008 found ways to overcome barriers to internet access to facilitate social networking and digital storytelling (or television broadcasts) which can be shared on mobile devices (cell phones). The youth in these areas had limited access to the internet but had access to cell phones which they used to tell their own stories and issues they see in their lives. The stories were then compiled and turned into digital stories. The project was also compiled into a book called From Hi-Fi to Lo-Fi.


Digital Stories from Amargi Women

This website describes itself as the first unique digital storytelling project in Turkey.

A related article, Enhancing Women’s Participation in Turkey through Digital Storytelling, is available at:


Extending Creative Practice

Extending Creative Practice (ECP) involved five partners from four countries exploring the use of digital storytelling as a means to increase the use of digital technology by older people and provide an opportunity for old people to tell personal stories.


Putting Passion Towards Potholes: Digitial Storytelling and Accountability Issues

The author of this article, Sameera Huque, explains how digital storytelling can serve as an effective tool for "communicating large-scale, suspiciously vague concepts such as governance and accountability," by coming "down as close to earth as possible" and through appealing "to the audience's own experiences." She shares that digital storytelling holds the potential to convey "everyday needs that ordinary people feel, and the emotions tied to those needs. Broken roads, then, can become a proof of the lackings in proper services delivery among certain government quarters (an accountability issue), and a symbol of the community's disconnect with its own surroundings (the emotional aspect)." Furthermore, she explains that the process of digital storytelling holds "enormous possibilities in providing a platform that helps express emotion-driven personal stories, which also talk about wider issues relevant to the community, society, and state." Within the article, she provides a link to a digital storytelling project she created regarding the state of the roads in Dhaka, India.


Using Digital Storytelling to Build a Sense of National Identity amongst Emirati Students

Many believe that in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the perception of a national identity, as a construct amongst Emiratis, is under threat at the moment. The purpose of this paper is to examine this concern and describe how one educational establishment in the UAE, the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology (SHCT), a context that presents unique language and cultural issues, used a digital storytelling competition to address this issue with Emirati students.

Design/methodology/approach – A total of 150 students at SHCT used a variety of tools to create digital stories around the theme of “Proudly Emirati”, a topic aimed at building a sense of self. Stories covered topics ranging from family traditions to cultural icons. A case study investigated this initiative and addressed how the process of creating digital stories shaped the students' perspectives of self and national identity. We collected feedback on the digital storytelling initiative using focus group interviews and surveys with the students involved.

Findings – Strong support is voiced for the competition and its impact on helping students express feelings of national pride and identity. Research limitations/implications – The survey addresses a limited number/range of issues and many more points and implications are raised in the focus group meetings that we would like to include in future research of digital storytelling. Practical implications – The paper highlights the practical implications and huge potential of digital storytelling for learning environments. Originality/value – This is an innovative approach to highlighting a contentious social issue with the students and community.



The 3-year MediAbility project, funded by the Swedish Inheritance Fund, collaborated with mainstream media companies for more and fair portrayal of people with are over 50 digital stories, each about 2 minutes in length, in which the narrator shares his/her story.

Activities within the project included:

  • Workshops to increase media literacy
  • Research on monitoring of portrayal of persons with disability
  • Cooperation between media and disability NGO:s
  • Media disability and advertising
  • International Cooperation

The project has now ended, but visitors are invited to keep sharing digital stories and enjoying the ones promoted on this blog.