Africa Environment WikiFocus Celebrates Wangari Maathai Day
“No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for. The silver lining will come, if not to us then to next generation or the generation after that. And maybe with that generation the lining will no longer be thin.”
― Wangari Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir
In order to ensure quality, researched content and experts are involved, and the Wikimedia network expansion, the teams across all levels (from AKI Working Group to local community teams) will endeavour to partner with existing Africa-based Climate and Environmental Organisations and NGOs, and academic and research institutions.
There are additional “aligned interventions” with existing Wikimedia community programs that will augment the content contributed through the Africa Environment Drives. These aligned interventions will assist with visibility about the Project, drive additional contribution and improve the quality of the final contributions.
The Africa Environment WikiFocus is made up of multiple partners working at different levels to organise and activate the project. The Africa Environment WikiFocus Organisers (Wiki In Africa and Wikimedia Usergroup Côte d’Ivoire) conceptualised and activated the WikiFocus, after a successful application to the African Knowledge Initiative Working Group Members (African Union and WMF).
The WikiFocus has been activated by Wikimedia communities across Africa after successful applications were vetted and chosen. These micrograntees are the local organisers for the project. In addition, there are content partner who were approached by Wiki In Africa during the project period, and local partners who are detailed on each microgrant-funded project's Final Report.
Organising Partners: Africa Environment WikiFocus
Wiki In Africa
Wiki in Africa is a non-profit voluntary association that is based in South Africa. It is a financial and legal structure that operates global initiatives in support of the WikiAfrica movement. The WikiAfrica movement is a collective of interventions that supports the aims and development of the Wikimedia movement and community across the geographical space of Africa.
The Wikimedia Foundation collaborates with the African Union on the Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI). This initiative is targeted at increasing coverage of African topics on the Wikimedia projects. It is intended as a high level framework for collaboration, with the details to be filled in by implementing partners and communities, which will provide opportunities for Wikimedians to access resources, to tap unique African Union publications and data sources, to recruit and train high-potential contributors, and to hone strategies for targeting topics for impact.
The intention of the AU was to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa by 32 signatory governments; the OAU was disbanded on 9 July 2002. The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states.
The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability.