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

This report is available in French here.

Ce rapport est disponible en français ici.

Date and locationEdit

  • Date : Friday 27th September 2019
  • Location : University of Kisangani

Participants' listEdit

23 people participated in the workshop, 16 men and 7 women.

  1. Yves Madika: Host
  2. Gracia MBUKA ALIMA
  3. Generose LIMBAYA MIRIAM
  6. Get LIFE KELE
  7. Brigitte DOLEA
  11. Synthia LIBINGA
  12. Junior LINGABO
  13. Hélène MOLULA MALAKO
  14. Marie-Louise AEMBE
  15. Jackson TSHIBAMBE
  16. Bonheur BUSHIRI
  17. M.Long
  18. Pauliment OHEMBA
  20. Wilthiney KAPELE HEMEDI
  22. Fidèle LIESSE
  23. BamLifa

What happened?Edit

Program :

Time Activities
09:00 - 09:45 Welcoming and presentation of the salon
09:45 - 09:50 Presentation of the code of conduct
09:50 - 09:55 Reminder about what is "free knowledge"
09:55 - 10:05 Quick presentation about Wikimedia 2030
10:05 - 10:10 Q & A
10:10 - 10:40 See, hear and feel free knowledge for the 2030 vision
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee/tea break
11:10 - 11:15 Presentation of the 9 thematic areas
11:15 - 11:35 Presentation of the Diversity thematic area
11:35 - 11:45 Q & A
11:45 - 12:30 Group discussion about Diversity
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 13:45
  • Feedback about the day's experience with colored post-it notes
  • Group picture
  • Thank you notes exchanged between participants (mutual appreciation)

Discussion pointsEdit

Thematic area : Diversity

Q1: Do you think it is a good thing to have all participants in all events sign a code of conduct?Edit

  • Yes, it would allow everyone to learn and respect rules and policies of WMF projects, while encouraging free speech from the participants.
  • It would create a favorable/healthy atmosphere for all.
  • It would facilitate collective work.
  • It would create a certain discipline along events.

Q2: Can you identify challenges which prevent a lot of us from contributing to Wikipedia? (Why are there very few contributors in our local community?)Edit

  • Not enough trainings and information about the Wikimedia ecosystem
  • Lack of love (willpower) and spirit of sharing;
  • Lack of computer equipment
  • Internet access is expensive
  • We have no well known local headquarters
  • Lack of interest

Q3: Most congolese contributors are computer engineers (and male); why don't other parts of the population get interested in the project (women, lawyers, sociologists, doctors, psychologists, etc.)?Edit

  • Lack of knowledge about computer tools
  • Lack of information and skills
  • Computer engineers are interested in NICT
  • Women and other parts of the population are not interested because the notion of free knowledge is not integrated in other domains

Q4: What do you think about the "community-WMF ombundsperson" recommendation?Edit

  • The ombundsperson would represent the local community when interacting with WMF
  • It would facilitate easier collaboration between WMF and the local community, presenting the community's needs
  • This person would present the local community's constraints to WMF, and in return present the community with the solutions proposed by WMF, all this truthfully and openly.

Q5: Do you think decentralizing administrative structures for fund allocation would be a good thing?Edit

  • Yes, it would allow transparency in tasks execution in the community
  • Facilitate traceability of funds in financial reports for activities
  • Facilitate a more transparent and equitable distribution of funds
  • Better finance management for funds allocated to local communities who run Wikimedia projects.

Q6: Which recommendation do you find less useful for us in Congo?Edit

The community finds that all recommendations stated during the strategy salon would be useful for the DRC community.


Financial statementEdit