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This report is available in French here.

Ce rapport est disponible en français ici.

Date and location[edit]

  • Date : Saturday 6th of July 2019
  • Location : Wenaklabs, Avenue Maldom, Immeuble Bsic, N'Djamena, Tchad

Participants list[edit]

No Nom d'utilisateur Pays
1 Matarimi1 Tchad
2 Korom10 Tchad
3 Abdallahbigboy Tchad
4 Adoum Kapchi Tchad
5 Abakar B Tchad
8 خضر أحمد محمد Tchad
9 Legeekdusud Tchad
10 Mahamat Ali abdoulaye Tchad
11 Adam Kichi Tchad
12 Abdelsalam.safi Tchad
14 Zinette95 Tchad
15 Fatakaya Tchad

What happened[edit]

"By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us."

The Tchad User Group will work so that together we gather Tchadian knowledge and share it to the rest of the world. Together, we will figure out what services and structures are needed for everyone to do the same.

"We will carry on our mission of developing content as we have done in the past, and we will go further."

Participants to Tchad's Strategy Salon shared and explored stories about their work as Wikimedians.

They explained what the challenges and opportunities were for them as Tchadian Wikimedians and discussed about the links between the structures that operate in the open knowledge ecosystem, about what needs to change at a national and regional level. At the end of the discussion, we chose a range of challenges and opportunities and tried to develop a vision of what we needed to do.

Participants then divided into 3 working groups talking about various topics inside the thematic area of Capacity Building. Each group wrote down recommandations about these topics. You can find hereafter a summary of these recommandations.

Topic 1: Methods and tools for Capacity Building[edit]

Guiding questions[edit]

  • Why do you find this topic interesting ?

This topic is important because the Wikimedia movement struggles in retaining talents. Without these talents, Wikimedia content will loose quality, hence credibility

  • Which tool work better at a local, regional or global level?

We think that the approach should be tightly linked to the context of each country, as each country has a different number of users in Wikimedia projects.

The local level is appropriate to evaluate the level of awareness of, and contribution to, Wikimedia projects, and to recruit new contributors.

At the national level, there should be events like WikiIndaba so that contributors from one country can better coordinate their activities and share experiences.

At the regional level, reinforce events like WikiIndaba and create regional events like "West Africa", "Central Africa", etc. to allow contributors from less advanced countries to develop.

At the global level, have great summits like Wikimania organized in under-represented countries so as to involve them from the start in the idea that drives our movement, which is liberating and sharing free knowledge.

  • How can we develop tools (outside training) by identifying innovative and efficient formats?

We should discuss including diverse stakeholder about how to proceed with existing material and how to build new ones to make up for gaps.

Topic 2: Diversity, equity, inclusion and participation[edit]

Guiding questions[edit]

  • Why do you find this topic interesting ?

Participation to Wikimedia projects does not reflect the diversity of societies. Participation at the global level is inequal, just as resource allocation is, which can have a huge effect on people who participate in Capacity Building.

  • How can we make Capacity Building inclusive and diverse?

We could do tours inside our country in order to discover and highlight local cultural heritages while training local communities to documenting their region on Wikimedia projects.

  • Which stakeholders should participate in Capacity Building efforts and how?

All group members need to be engaged as they would be complementary. We should organize training sessions for marginalized groups such as women, disabled people and youth.

Topic 3: Resource Allocation[edit]

Guiding questions[edit]

  • Why do you find this topic interesting ?

Because Capacity Building activities need to be supported by human and financial resources. Dedicated resources should be allocated on a regular basis so that activities can be properly planned.

  • What are the necessary resources to buil capacities?

We need to get involved in projects supported by the Foundation (Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth,...), which will allow us to improve skills, get more equipment, find a venue, etc.

We also need local human resources who are capable of training local communities in regions and provinces to bring more diversity.

  • What impact should allocated resources create in your community?

Make communities able to raise funds at their level and not be completly dependant on the Wikimedia Foundation.

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