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Kalinago Barana (Sea) Stories & Conservation Project

Monitoring and Evaluation

Individual M&E forms were completed by all facilitators and this assessment from the Karina Cultural Group, Oonya Kempadoo and workshop facilitator, Mr Dangleben, provided the following:

Best results:

  • Opportunity was provided for inclusiveness
  • Mobilized Key resource persons, sponsors & participants
  • Enthusiasm for the objectives: documentation, research, youth and community participation
  • Recording elders in action
  • Raised the awareness & appreciation for Kalinago culture especially sea practices
  • Helpful to building the capacity of the Karina Cultural Group for future socio-cultural work
  • Timely, relevant, participants were very interested in the project.
  • Outputs: recordings, notes, literature, project planning, overview documents
    and creative works.
  • People’s togetherness, people wanting more
  • Generated a lot of ideas
  • Togetherness in decision making
  • Flexibility and a high level of creativity (of the team and participants)


  • Technical issues
  • Roles and responsibilities need to be clearly communicated. Too much was left to the coordinator.
  • Lukewarm support given to the project from community leaders
  • Transportation and camera/recording support
  • Time and program management: Varied expectations - what could be done within the budget and timeframe - changing plans, overstretched budget and human resources. Time lapsed (during the workshop) due to participants lateness and absence
  • ‘Teaching’ methods employed rather than youth-led creative focus, youth expression ‘corrected’ by adults and few results showing consideration of the future.
  • Communications (and virtual collaboration) between the team
  • Documentation - a reluctance to write, digitize, sort and store

Lessons learnt:

  • A more mature (participant) age group could have resulted in better/stronger output and processing of the research.
  • More community sensitization could have been done
  • Technical support underestimated
  • Selection of project facilitators based on skills is critical
  • Training (for research methods and workshop skills) should be increased
  • Equipment needs underestimated
  • Good contribution to the preservation of the Kalinago cultural patrimony and the tourism product which will be used by Kalinago Tours in tours to the community.
  • Development/publication of booklet for children being actively considered.
  • Skills and knowledge to pursue career

Financial considerations:

  • Local community support responded generously, even if last minute.
  • The constraints for delivering a 10 day project with very modest budget on short notice.
  • Expectations and the desire to expand the project beyond the actual budget was real due to the demand for such a project and this called for much voluntary input from all the facilitators, especially the Project Coordinator, while all involved are already overstretched by doing unpaid community work.
  • Community ideas of what a ‘project’ means - big money - added further expectations and costs to the project (e.g awarding plaques to interviewees to reverse past experiences of exploitation).
  • The cost of administration and budget revision to accommodate changes to the project due to Covid-19 were absorbed by the facilitators.


  • More like this needed - bigger budget, more facilitators and participants
  • Capacity needs building within the Karina Cultural Group and community members in order for them to create their own projects, proposals and secure funding.
  • Technical capacity (for recording, virtual and technical equipment) within the community needs building or should be established, along with other community human resources such as social media experts.
  • Budgets for projects like this should include expenses for Cultural Leader/elders input (who support facilitators) and factor in the role of formal events, ceremony and performance production.
  • Professional development in areas like project and time management, communications, documentation & research techniques, youth-friendly workshop approaches - will help tremendously.
  • Finding these resources from Indigenous organizations and associations who are training Indigenous people how to preserve and protect their own intellectual property and culture - is recommended.
  • Follow up project development for editing and compiling these project results into a book that can serve the community and schools.

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