Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/2019 Community Conversations/Strategy Salons/Reports/Benin UG/Parakou/EN

This report is available in French here.

Ce rapport est disponible en français ici.

Date & location edit

  • Date : 24th of August 2019
  • Location: Distance Learning Center in Parakou, Benin
  • Theme : Community Health

Participants list edit

20 participants (12 men, 8 women)

  1. Nerus KOLADE (talk) Organisateur
  2. Fawaz TAIROU (talk) Présentateur
  3. SAGBO Rodéric
  4. HOUANYE Gédéon
  5. TOURE Jihane
  6. Gildéric BALARO
  7. DOSSA Dorice Belvis
  9. ASSOGBA Eric
  10. ATCHI Wilfrand
  11. HOUEDOTE Ida
  12. KAKE Géoffroy
  13. ABOUA Carine
  15. TOHOUEDE Rubain
  17. HOUDOU Mohammar
  18. ANANON Sonia
  19. AIDJO Armand
  20. SIDI Zoulfaou
  21. MOUTOUAMA Honorine
  22. MONTCHO BIO Taariq

What happened? edit

To begin the salon we watched the Wikimedia 2030 presentation video, the strategy process slides and the Community health slides. After this, participants slipt up in groups to reflect on various questions. Then we shared thoughts and synthesized them.

Discussion points edit

Tematic area : Community Health

Question 1 : What are the things within your community or project that create barriers to involvement for you or for other people due to personal identity? edit

  • Access to the internet (internet network coverage)
  • Volunteer time / availability (professional commitments, quest for a better life and personal well being)
  • Lack of equipment and adequate context for contribution
  • Religion (E.g. writing articles about traditional religious cults leads you to ask questions about religion, speak with dignitaries and guides in the region. Once the information is collected, very often these people don't see us well.)
  • Wikimedia platforms are difficult to handle

Question 2 : What do you think would improve participation in your community? edit

  • Create permanent heaquarters for the community in BENIN
  • Have a program of activities within the community
  • Organize capacity building sessions
  • Internet access
  • Increase visibility of our community in the ecosystem of existing organizations
  • Create reward mechanisms within the community (follow the evolution of contributors and, through periodic activities, reward the best contributors)

Question 3Who is responsible for taking action against bad behaviour now? Who should be responsible for taking action against bad behaviour? edit

  • No one is currently responsible (No delegation of authority at this level)
  • A representative should be elected by the community (or a volunteer approved by all) to take care of these issues

Question 4 What do you think would improve civility in your community? What prevents contributors from taking action against bad behaviour? edit

Respect of the community charter (establish internal principles)

Question 5 What prevents contributors from taking action against bad behaviour? edit

They are unaware of ways they can report or sanction bad behaviour.

Question 6 Who is responsible for the individual health of contributors in your community? edit

No one (there is currently no hierarchy), except themselves.

Question 7 What do you think would improve the individual health of contributors in your community? edit

  • Organize regular activities
  • Organize contests
  • Offer the community gadgets bearing the movement's brand (USB sticks, notepads, pens)

Question 8 What else do you suggest to improve overall community health in the Wikimedia community? edit

  • Follow-up of community members
  • Provide technical and financial resources
  • Sessions of intercommunity experience sharing
  • A synergy of actions with well-defined objectives
  • Set up an internal motivation strategy to reward the best contributors

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