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|What is community capacity?
"Community capacity" is the ability of a community to achieve their goals. These goals are very diverse, and span issues that affect one or all Wikimedia communities.
|What is capacity development? |
Capacity building, also know as capacity development, is a development approach that involves identifying the challenges that inhibit a community from achieving their goals, and then building, facilitating, or supporting projects to address these challenges.
|Are you interested in building capacity within your community? |
There are currently six areas for development - read the capacity's scope, challenges, and potential solutions to see if you are interested. These areas were chosen after interviews with sixteen communities or countries (predominantly in the Global South), and seem to be the areas that affect a large portion of Wikimedia communities.
In each capacity space, we invite your comments and participation - to discuss and clarify challenges, existing solutions (from other communities), and potential future work (e.g. research, trainings, facilitated meetings, etc.).
|What is the Community Capacity Development Project?
The purpose of the Community Capacity Development project is to (finally) make systematic progress toward building capacity within Wikimedia communities.
This project began with a phase of Community Research, where the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) conducted qualitative research into strengths, challenges and needs of different communities, aiming to understand the breadth and scope of capacity needs in emerging communities. These interviews were conducted with sixteen communities or countries through in-depth video interviews with a small group of community members.
Preliminary results from this research phase was presented at the Wikimedia Conference 2015 in Berlin in May 2015. The slides are on Wikimedia Commons.
|Keep me updated! |
If you want to receive news from this initiative, please sign up on our Global Message Delivery list.  The message will be delivered to your home wiki in English.
- Interviews were conducted by Sati Houston and Asaf Bartov in February and March 2014, with individuals from the following 16 communities / countries: Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, India (English, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu) and the Arabic community.
- If you signed up before August 20, 2015, you don't need to do that again, you are already on the distribution list.