East Africa Strategy Summit 2019/Outcomes
Date and LocationEdit
- Date: 07 - 08 September 2019
- Location: Protea Hotel Kampala, Uganda
|No||First Name||Last Name||Country||Affiliation|
|1||Abel||Lifaefi Mbula||Kinshasa, DRC||Usergroup|
|2||Yves||Sefu Madika||Kinshasa, DRC||Usergroup|
|3||Fidel||Liesse Otolau||Kinshasa, DRC||Usergroup|
|4||Marie-Louise||Aembe Nzale||Kinshasa, DRC||Usergroup|
|5||Faith||Mwanyolo||Nairobi, Kenya||Wikimedian Leader|
|6||Mary Anna||Sadimba||Nairobi, Kenya||Wikimedian - New volunteer|
|7||Teri||Wanderi||Nairobi, Kenya||Wikimedian - New volunteer|
|8||June||Akhwale||Nairobi, Kenya||Wikimedian- New|
|10||Carole||Theuri||Nairobi, Kenya||CC Committee lead|
|11||Antoni||Mtavangu||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Usergroup|
|12||Elizabeth Joseph||Kaduma||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Usergroup|
|13||Pellagia||Njau||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Usergroup|
|14||Fortunate S.||Kayuni||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||CC Leader|
|15||Emmanuel||Malongo||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||CC Global Council|
|16||Clement||Makangabila Masele||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Usergroup|
|18||Aristarik H.||Maro||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||CC Chapter Lead|
|19||Brenda||Geofrey||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Wikimedian - New|
|20||Gilbert||Ndihokubwayo||Bujumbura, Burundi||Wikimedian (volunteer)|
|21||Ghislain||Favina||Bujumbura, Burundi||OSM Leader|
|22||Ella||Mahoro||Bujumbura, Burundi||OSM Leader|
|23||Derrick||Ndahiro||Kigali, Rwanda||Wikimedian - Newer|
|24||Boris||Bahire Kabeja||Kigali, Rwanda||CC Leader|
|25||Jane||Umutoni||Kingali, Rwanda||Wikimedian - Newer|
|26||Juliette||Karitaniyi||Kigali, Rwanda||Wikimedian - Newer|
|27||Jeannette Rebecca||Nyinawumuntu||Kigali, Rwanda||OSM Leader|
|28||Grace||Nyakanini||Kigali, Rwanda||Women empowerment; ICT4D|
|29||Iddy||John||Dar es saalam, Tanzania||Usergroup|
|30||Nebiyu||Sultan||Addis, Ethopia||CC Leader|
|31||Felix||Nartey||Accra, Ghana||Special invite - WG member|
|34||Ivan Matthias||Mulumba||Kampala, Uganda||Usergroup|
|35||Erina||Mukuta||Kampala, Uganda||Usergroup - WG member|
|39||Kwagala||Primah||Kampala, Uganda||CC Chapter Lead|
|40||Brian||Ssennoga||Kampala, Uganda||CC Global Council|
Friday, September 6, 2019Edit
The Friday evening activities offered an important opportunity for early-arriving participants to meet one another in an informal setting for icebreakers and personal introductions. Participants shared their name, volunteer organization affiliation, favorite media program, and hopes for the event.
The evening program wrapped up with a Q&A session led by WMF staff member Kelsi Stine-Rowe, who gave a brief introduction to the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia movement. Participant questions focused on capacity building, movement communication opportunities, affiliate structures, audio/visual content translation, interfacing with Creative Commons, and Wikimedia 2030. This session also included a brief presentation about the new Wikimedia Space platform. Afterward, participants enjoyed dinner at the hotel buffet and prepared for the following day’s program.
Saturday, September 7, 2019Edit
Saturday morning began with late arrival participants introduce themselves to the group, and participants sharing their hopes and expectations from the event. Common themes included bringing together the East African region, spreading awareness of Wikimedia and free knowledge in East Africa, learning about Wikimedia and Creative Commons projects, and community growth. Participants came eager to participate and build new relationships over the course of the weekend.
After an icebreaker where participants were randomly split into groups (with the exception of French speakers) who sat and discussed what the concept of “free knowledge” meant to them. Each group shared their conclusions, which focused on understanding “free” in terms of cost, access, neutrality, and creation.
The group then came back together for an all-conference session led by Kelsi Stine-Rowe about the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. Staff and volunteer leaders from around the room, including working group member and former Wikimedian of the Year Felix Nartey, WMF staff member Douglas Ssebaggala, Tanzanian volunteer leaders Antoni Mtavangu and Iddy John, and Uganda volunteer leader Geoffrey Kateregga.
Following this, participants undertook a “See, Hear, Feel” activity where they were asked to envision what this vision of free knowledge would tangibly look like in their country in the year 2030.
The final activity for the day brought participants into small groups of each country, who then worked on identifying what changes would be needed in their country to achieve this vision. As a wrap up, Douglas Ssebaggala presented more information about the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy timeline and thematic areas. Participants reflected to one another that they felt both happy and exhausted to have done so much shared thinking and to have had the opportunity to connect with one another across countries and toward a shared purpose. Dinner took place at Khana Khazana, a local restaurant for Indian food, where participants were joined by representatives from local partner organizations.
Sunday, September 8, 2019Edit
On the last day of the summit, participants took a deep dive into the various thematic areas of the 2019 strategy process. The morning began with a “RadioWiki” energizer led by Iddy John and volunteer event photographer Steve Bukulu before transitioning into a review of the themes by Douglas Ssebaggala. Then it was time for an activity to build “strategy canoes”, what should our priorities be as East African Wikimedians under each thematic area? Where do we need to focus and grow, and what should be deprioritized?
Over the course of the afternoon, participants then focused on a few high-priority thematic areas and rotated between four hosted tables for a “World Cafe” to learn more about the current state of movement strategy recommendations under Partnerships/Advocacy (Douglas Ssebaggala), Roles & Responsibilities/Diversity (Erina Mukuta, working group member), Resource Allocation/Revenue Streams (Felix Nartey), and Capacity Building (Kelsi Stine-Rowe). At each table, facilitators led discussions around likes, dislikes, gaps, fit with the strategic direction, and impact on the East African community.
At the end of the day, reflections were shared back with the group and participants returned to in-country groups, where they developed commitments for after the summit and reflections to share with the group. Participants were tired, but in high spirits and eager to carry forth their visions for free knowledge in the region. A dinner with local partners took place at nearby BBQ restaurant The Lawns.
Key Activity SummaryEdit
Strategy Canoe ActivityEdit
|Theme||Strategy Canoe Idea (s)|
|Roles and Responsibilities||
|Product and Technology||
World Cafe: Community RecommendationsEdit
Sessions to gather more in-depth participant feedback in the highest interest thematic areas by a walkthrough of the existing recommendations and then gathering participant input by Theme
|WG Recommendations||Community Feedback|
|Partnerships||#1 - Link||A Framework that Supports Partnerships|
|#5 - Link||Define priorities for partnerships to cover key aspects of building the free knowledge ecosystem|
|#6 - Link||A single point of entry for partners to engage with Wikimedia|
|Advocacy||#2 - Link||Community actively seeks and provides a good environment and tailored pathways that attracts more people (professionals and volunteers) from a variety and diversity of languages and cultural backgrounds to engage in advocacy for Wikimedia on a local or global level.|
|Revenue Streams||General Input|
|Resource Allocation||#E - Link||Build Thematic hubs – to provide services to the free knowledge movement long term|
|#H - Link||Allocate resources to new types of partners/organisations (essential infrastructure of the free knowledge ecosystem)|
|Capacity Building||#1 - Link
#2 - Link
#6 - Link
|Building Capacity for Capacity Building
Matching human assets and online knowledge resources with capacity building needs
Mentoring and leadership development
|#7 - Link||Online Training|
|#9 - Link||Recognizing and Supporting Individuals|
|#10 - Link||Independently governed Capacity Building ‘Unit’|
|Other general comments and gaps|
|Diversity||#3 - Link
#7 - Link
#8 - Link
|Redesigning the platforms for more diversity of people and content experiences
Decentralized administrative structure for resource allocation
Bridging different local contexts and Wikimedia projects' notability and verifiability policies
|Community Health||#1 - Link||A joint set of rules we all agree to live by (a.k.a. Code of Conduct)|
|Country||National level||Regional level||Timeline|
The Core Team would like to give special thanks to the following individuals:
- Geoffrey Kateregga, our organizing partner from the Uganda user group, whose tireless efforts on all levels of planning and logistics were essential to the event’s completion and success.
- Alice Kibombo and Sandra Aceng, both volunteers from the Uganda user group, for leading the vital and often exhausting task of capturing notes and key ideas throughout the event. Your work has helped document the thoughtful discussions and meaningful connections that the event produced.
- Steve Bukulu, our volunteer event photographer, whose initiative and quick work enabled us to livestream much of the event on Facebook and capture the weekend’s activities in high quality photos that were edited and shared with a quick turnaround. His work was assisted by Tanzanian user group volunteer Iddy John, whose photography skills and organizational assistance helped the event move smoothly.
- Doreen Mwesigye and Esther Owido, our excellent facilitators, whose thoughtful planning, energizing icebreakers, and skilled flexibility during the event helped carry the event forward gracefully and with a sense of community warmth.
- Felix Nartey, former Wikimedian of the Year, WMF contractor, and participant on the Resource Allocation working group who travelled all the way from Ghana to guide, support, and inspire participants throughout the event.
- Erina Mukuta, Ugandan user group member and participant on the Roles & Responsibilities working group, whose content knowledge and community leadership made a meaningful contribution throughout the event.
- Country Wikimedia volunteer leaders who reached out to their members (Faith Mwanyolo (Kenya), Antoni Mtavangu (Tanzania), Abel Mbula (DRC), Ndahiro Derrick (Rwanda), Nebiyu Sultan (Ethiopia), Abdulahi, (Somalia - despite not making it to the event, thank you for the commitment and willingness to join the Strategy discussions)
Link to full notesEdit
Link to imagesEdit
Available on Wikimedia Commons.