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Flag of the African Union. Green shape of the African continent set against radiating white lines and circled with 55 gold stars representing the member states.
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Africa's 1.3 billion population is expected to triple by the end of the 21st century. This projection gets to make Africa the world’s most populous region. Despite this projection, less than 5% of Wikimedia contributors (logged in, across all projects) edit from within the continent, and only 5.5% of all geotagged Wikipedia articles across all languages are related to Africa (according to the Wikipedia Diversity Observatory).

The Wikimedia Foundation has been developing a relationship with the African Union (AU) to generate opportunities for Wikimedia communities in Africa to accelerate progress on closing African knowledge gaps. Last year, the AU supported the 2021 WikiIndaba Conference — an essential convening ground for African communities and allies. Thanks to AU’s support, Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda (host of WikiIndaba ‘21) organized a special tie-in Africa Youth Month campaign with the The WikiVibrance Project. The campaign brought together six African Wikimedia Communities to improve knowledge around the four ‘E’s” — Education, Entrepreneurship, Employment, and Engagement — of AU’s One Million by 2021 initiative.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s next move with the African Union is called 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. Our hope is for this project to serve as a space for experimentation, capacity-building, and connection for African communities as they explore their collective future through the Movement Strategy Implementation process.

Activities & initiatives

To help implement the project, the African Union connected the Wikimedia Foundation with Africa No Filter (ANF) — “a donor collaborative that supports the development of nuanced and contemporary stories that shift stereotypical and harmful narratives within and about Africa.” The mission overlap between ANF and Wikimedia was immediately clear: ANF seeks “to connect and build the field of narrative change makers in Africa,” while Wikimedia is focused on inviting “the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege.”


The initiative aims to develop a set of content creation and training activities designed around three African Union holidays (and oriented around the AU’s “Agenda 2063” goals):

  • Africa Youth Day – Nov 1, 2022
  • Environment/Wangari Maathai Day – Mar 3, 2023
  • African Day – May 25, 2023

ニュース & 更新情報

  • 28 March 2023: Africa Environment 2023 campaign Office hour (EN/FR)
  • 16th March 2022:Africa Environment 2023 campaign training on Dashboard program and tracking
  • 10th March 2022:Africa Environment 2023 campaign training on Improving Wikipedia articles on climate change
  • 3rd March 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Environment Day 2023 campaign launch webinar
  • 21st February 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Environment Day 2023 Office Hour in French
  • 14th February 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Environment Day 2023 Office Hour in English
  • 27th November 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Youth Day 2022 Wikimedia Commons training
  • 26th November 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Youth Day 2022 Wikiquote training
  • 20th November 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Youth Day 2022 Wikipedia training
  • 19th November 2022: Africa Knowledge Initiative Africa Youth Day 2022 Wikidata training
  • 9th November 2022: The WikiVibrance Project Africa Youth Day 2022 edit-a-thon with Rwandan Youths in partnership with Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda
  • 29th October 2022: Africa Youth Day 2022 campaign launch webinar
  • 14th October 2022 - Selection of Implementing partner. Call for application: Africa Youth Day 2022 local organisers. Apply here. Deadline is 20th October 2022
  • Call for applications for Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI) Implementing partners. Click here to apply. Deadline: 4th September 2022
  • Join us at the next AKI community conversation via zoom ( on the 19th of August, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm UTC as we share more information about the application process and how you can be a part of the initiative.