2023:Program/Community Initiatives/DMAHE9-Capacity development for underrepresented communities: 10 lessons learnt

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Title: Capacity development for underrepresented communities: 10 lessons learnt


Toni Ristovski

Kiril Simeonovski

My name is Kiril Simeonovski from the Macedonian Wikipedia but also active on the English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. I am a founding member of Wikimedia Macedonia and Shared Knowledge, who used to serve as a board member of Wikimedia Macedonia from 2009 to 2013 and has been president of Shared Knowledge since 2014.

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Room: Room 309

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 11:35:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 12:05:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Capacity development for underrepresented communities is a project conducted in Macedonia for two types of underrepresented communities:

  1. speakers of endangered minority languages, and
  2. users of sign languages.

The project run in the period from 1 June 2022 to 31 January 2023.

Description[edit source]

Capacity development for underrepresented communities (CDUC) was a project aimed at reaching out to underrepresented communities in order to get them involved in the Wikimedia movement. The project covered the Aromanian-speaking and Romani-speaking communities in Macedonia; and, it engaged people with hearing loss in Macedonia who use the Macedonian Sign Language.

The project consisted of three phases:

  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Implementation

During the lecture we will share our experience working with these underrepresented communities, and additionally we will share our 10 lessons learnt during conducting this project in our country.

We believe that the project can be replicate in other regions, so other communities who wants to work with underrepresented communities can have a good start hearing this lecture.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

With this project supported by Movement Strategy Implementation Grants we focus on the Movement Strategy initiative: Content initiatives in underrepresented communities.

Our project includes activities aimed at reaching out to the Aromanian-speaking and Romani-speaking communities in order to build Wikipedia communities which would sustain the growth of the Aromanian Wikipedia and the Balkan Romani Wikipedia in the long run.

In addition, we planned to reach out to and created open knowledge for the community of people with hearing loss which uses the Macedonian Sign Language.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand