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Submission no. 2080
Subject no.
Title of the submission
WMF's Global South[1] Strategy
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Asaf Bartov, Head of Wikimedia Grants and Global South Partnerships, Wikimedia Foundation
Country of origin
Wikimedia Foundation
E-mail address
80% of the edits on Wikipedia come from developed nations (comprising only 20% of the world population). Only 18% of active editors on Wikimedia projects live outside very high HDI countries. Most attempts to change this, by WMF, chapters, and individuals, did not achieve measurable impact. Lessons were learned. So, where do we focus and what do we do to change this?
Detailed proposal
The Wikimedia Movement's Strategic Plan calls for increasing participation, specifically calling out, alongside a gender and age gap, the very disproportionate participation by editors from what the Plan calls "global north"[2] versus the "global south"[1].

The past three years or so have seen a number of efforts, strategies, projects, and structures created to increase "global south"[1] participation (i.e. editorship) and reach (i.e. readership). It has proven to be more difficult than most plans expected.

This talk will briefly offer some accumulated lessons learned, and share the WMF's revised strategy for work in the Global South[2], in terms of focus countries, regions, languages, and the intended approaches.
Doesn't seem like a perfect fit under any of the available tracks. I suppose "Cultural and Education Outreach" is closest.
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Language of presentation/talk
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TBD, but will be available before Wikimania.
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oh, call it whatever you like! I neither chose this term nor like it. Yes, I know it's in my title. :-/
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seriously, I don't care. I have zero interest in the semantic/philosophical/post-colonial/whatever argument about the term, or the validity of the distinction itself. Consider it shorthand for "the list of countries significantly under-represented among editorship or readership of Wikimedia projects". If you are interested in that argument, go have it with other people who share your interest :).

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  4. This will be one of the more important presentations at the conference for anyone who wants to understand movement expansion strategies and goals. Blue Rasberry (talk) 09:00, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[reply]
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  9. Seriously? You're going to kill even more kittens? Slashme (talk) 19:14, 7 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  10. I think this is the only submission without any abstract or detailed proposal (yet) that can garner 10 interested attendees... ;) Bennylin (talk) 12:56, 16 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Marcus Cyron (talk) 20:55, 25 April 2013 (UTC) - wanna see if theres comming something that's good from the WMF - or the same like ever[reply]
  12. Interested to see where this is going these days. CT Cooper · talk 00:58, 29 April 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Phoebe (talk) 22:34, 30 April 2013 (UTC) but write an abstract![reply]
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