It will definitely be great to have you around.

We will be happy to discuss further opportunities and capacity building opportunities needed.


On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM, Isla Haddow Flood <> wrote:
What a wonderful offering ...

Looks like you might need to plan a longer visit Asaf, or perhaps regional ones ;-)

On 27 Feb 2018, at 11:36 PM, Georges Fodouop <> wrote:

Hello Asaf,

Our community will be happy to receive you at Yaounde, Douala or Buea.
Let us know about next step.

Georges Fodouop

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User : Geugeor
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Douala - Cameroun
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En date de : Mar 27.2.18, Asaf Bartov <> a écrit :

Objet: [African Wikimedians] Sub-Saharan Africa visit?
À: "Mailing list for African Wikimedians" <>
Date: Mardi 27 février 2018, 20h15

Some of you know
me, but for those of you who don't, let me introduce
myself briefly: I am a program officer at the Wikimedia
Foundation, and work in the Community Resources (formerly
called Grantmaking) team.  While I handled grants in the
past, I am now working on capacity-building activities with
emerging communities, in a program called Community Capacity
Development[1] (CCD, [[m:CCD]]), one aspect of which -- the
Community Capacity Map[2] (CCM, [[m:CCM]]) -- you may have
run across on the Wikimedia-l in the past few
I write today to ask whether your community would
be interested in discussing a possible visit to Sub-Saharan
Africa by me, with several related goals in each country
I'd visit, including:* a strategy/planning
workshop with the group of active contributors. This would
build on any existing plans or strategy you have, and also
integrate thinking about the broad goals identified in the
movement strategy project's phase 1 (presented at
Wikimania in Montreal in August 2017.)* Meetings
with important existing/prospective partners (if deemed
helpful)* Public speaking (if deemed
helpful)* capacity-building workshops for your
community members, on topics such as (I'll need your
help in determining which of these would be
useful):** Free licenses, non-free licenses,
copyright, and OTRS (or: How to contribute to the Wikimedia
Commons)** Composing encyclopedic prose from a
neutral point of view (NPOV)** Negotiating
notability and reliability requirements on
Wikipedia** Conflict management for
Wikipedians** Group facilitation
skills** Introduction to Wikidata**
Querying Wikidata with SPARQL** Modern tools
demonstration** How to build a
partnership** etc.
Some logistical details:
*If I come, it would be after the Wikimedia
Conference and before Wikimania, i.e. between late April and
early July.* If I come, I would probably stay in
Africa for between two and three weeks total, to have enough
time for the above in several countries, and to accommodate
your needs and availability.* I will have a
budget for some domestic travel, to bring key volunteers
together* No expenses are expected from your
group's budget. Only your time and
Please take some time to discuss this idea and
let me know if your community is sufficiently interested
that we should discuss it further, over email or a video
call.  If you feel this would not be very helpful, or you
really can't accommodate any additional activities
before July this year, *please* don't feel obligated to
respond. I am genuinely interested in helping, and there are
other communities I could be supporting with this budget and
time, so I won't be offended or upset, promise!
I look forward to hearing from you.
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