Grants:Conference/Algeria Wikimedians User Group/WikiArabia 2021 Remote Conference

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Organize a remote version of the Wikiarabia
targetWikimedia projects in Arabic, the 5th annual conference for Wikip(m)edians from across the Arabic world.
strategic priorityImproving Quality and Increasing Participation
amount-local1.353.390 DZD
amount10 249,44 USD
creatorReda Kerbouche
contact• Mohammed Bachounda (; Nacim Aboura (• Reda Kerbouche (

The purpose and the vision of this remote WikiArabia 2021 is to provide an opportunity to the Wikipedians/Wikimedians of the Arab region to interact and to share their experiences and their activities. It is also a chance for the Arab community to bring up organisational problems and discuss possible solutions in order to enrich the quality and quantity of the content of Arabic projects. This edition is Also the conference where an Arab World Affiliate Committee will be established. This year's event will also serve to create several other affiliations across the Arab world.

Please add key information to the table below. The dates, location and number of participants can be estimates and do not need to be finalized at this time.

Proposed date(s) TBD
Proposed location Internet
Number of participants 150
Event page WikiArabia/2021
Primary contact person Bachounda


Community input[edit]

Use the results from the community engagement survey to fill in the table below. Since you cannot cover all topics or meet all needs at one event, prioritisation is important. Please rank the priority of each topic, skill, project or problem as high, medium or low. Finally, please answer the questions in the table below, if any of the questions are not relevant leave it blank.

Description Priority

Strategic discussions: What are the top issues affecting your community that need to be discussed in person?

We will prioritize the strategic discussion especially on

1. Systematic approach to improve satisfaction and productivity

2. Funding for underrepresented communities,

3. Increased awareness about the Wikimedia Movement

7. Revenue generation for the Movement


Capacity development: Are there important skills that many people in your community need to learn?

Developpement of editorial and technical skills HIGH

Working groups: Are there joint projects that need to be planned in person?

All the event will be held remotely, only the core organizing team will be present together at the conference to ensure the conference. LOW

Community building: Are there other in-person activities are important for community building?

Learn about the arab and the international community, harvest the aspiration of the communities in  the MENA (Remote) HIGH

Survey analysis:

  1. How many people did you send the survey to? :500 mass messages on wikipedia arabic + 3 days on banner + all by reaching arabic and global community on  social media How many people responded to the survey? 133
  2. Did you see consensus around shared goals that this community wants to focus on in the next 12 months? What were the top 2 goals? Yes
  3. Based on survey responses, what are the most important things your community should do at the conference to achieve those goals? increase their skills in general

We have received very good feedback on the organization of the Arabic remote wiki

The survey period for Wiki Arabia Algeria lasted 12 days Since the survey was started, we have received : 126 responses in Arabic, 5 in English, 2 in French and from everyone we received help from the Arabic wikipedia project to broadcast mass messages and a banner for 3 days

A preliminary reading of the survey:

We were able to capture the desires of the community on the most important topics Choosing a date that suits everyone for the conference The length of the conference that suits everyone It is very interesting to discover that female participation increased during the survey to almost 20%,

A more detailed report will be published on a subpage of the conference once we have all analyzed, so that the whole community can benefit from it.


It is helpful to get an understanding of why this event is important to your community, and what experiences you have had in the past. Please answer the applicable questions below.

1. What inspired your community to begin planning this event?
The previous conferences have inspired us to continue and specially with the emergence of new users group in the Arab community, Sudan, Emirates, Mauritania, and the recent formation of an Arab group that is active throughout the region, there is also attempt for gulf UG .
2. How does this event relate to other activities that your community is working on?
The results of this conference will help other existing groups and new groups and even future groups to strengthen the links between the community especially the increase of experience in all areas
3. Do you have any Thematic or Regional committee or group? (Such as WISCom, CEE, Iberocoop, etc).


Venue and Logistics[edit]

1. Do you have any proposed venue for the event? If so, please share details (such as: how far is it from the airport or transportation hub; how close is it to the hotel, do you anticipate any challenges with using the space for the event you are planning?)
The event will be held remotely
2. Is the event venue and hotel accessible for people with physical disabilities?
The event will be held remotely
3. Are you planning to outsource some of the services? For example - a travel agency, an event production service?

The event will be held remotely

Friendly space policy[edit]

Friendly space policy for Wikimedia Foundation events will be used for this event.


It is crucial that most participants have a minimum level of Wikimedia experience so that they can engage actively in workshops and discussions. Please answer all applicable questions below.

1. Please describe the target audience for this conference or event.
Attendees are active Arab speaking contributors on Wikimedia projects, and also other people working on open knowledge questions, as well as local Algerian contributors.
2. If your conference has an outreach component to also target non-wikimedian individuals or mission aligned institutions, can you explain your intention for this outreach (for example: how will you ensure engagement with these participants after the conference, and what impact do you see them having on the projects)?
Since the participants will be chosen based on their activity and therefore their commitment, the follow-up will be done through social networks and online meetings. An email will be sent three months after the conference to the participants to hear from them and get their updates.
3. Are you thinking about collaborating with potential partners? Such as national; educational or thematic groups and organizations? If so, will this partnership be a financial one (such as sponsorship), or a visionary one (to collaborate in regards to the content of the event)? Please share some details if you have any.
The Foundation's staff will be invited, we wish to invite the current executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and the co-founder of Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales) in order to encourage the local community and promote the foundation and the open knowledge work in Algeria. Among the teams of the Foundation we’re thinking on inviting members working on the following fields: Wikipedia Education Program, Community Resources team, the legal team, Communications, Learning and Evaluation (Operations), Community Programs, Talent and Culture, LangCom.
4. In which ways can Wikimedia Foundation staff support your event onsite? If you would like support, please list the different capacities in which we can support, or describe how you would like Wikimedia Foundation staff to be involved in the event. (Some examples of Wikimedia Foundation support or involvement might be: for outreach and communication efforts; to lead specific sessions; for legal or safety reasons, etc).
Because the event will be at remote, we will need to involve the staff in the presentations to share their experiences and set up workshops, and get in touch with the community to transfer the experiences.

Resources and risks[edit]

Describe the resource potential for successfully executing this project and the key risks/threats.


Organizing team
Team User Names
WMF Liaison Bachounda, Reda Kerbouche, Nacim Aboura
Logistics Adel Nehaoua
Conference Program Bachounda, Ismail Trabelsi, Mekkia Benama,
Communications TBD
Volunteer Coordinators Bachounda
Other team members Zakaria M., Muhammed amine benloulou.


We have internet bandwidth concerns, :

We will use the infrastructure of a hotel center, and as a backup a second server based in Russia so that during the conference there will be no outage


Event budget table
Nr. Item description Unit Quantity Cost in DZD Cost in USD Comments
1. Travel costs 150,49 USD
1.1 Domestic travel costs participant 2 20 000,00 DZD 150,49 USD
2. Accommodation & catering 1 027,68 USD
2.1 Accommodation technical team double rooms * nights 2 x 3 85 608,00 DZD 644,02 USD Accommodation in double rooms
2.2 Lunch / Dinner / Break day/participant 2 X 3 51 000,00 DZD 383,66 USD
3. Remote event costs 4106.16 USD
3.1 Office for the conference days 3 183 336,00 DZD 1 379,21 USD
3.2 Wifi Connection days 1 60 000,00 DZD 451,38 USD
3.3 Software for meeting ZOOM 1 year 1 4 6210,58 DZD 350,00 USD Pricing for month
3.4 cloud storage account 1 year 1 19 985,00 DZD 150,35 USD
3.5 Plugin for subtiles ( 30 days 1 3.961,35 DZD 30,00 USD
3.6 Human translators 3 days 3 30 000,00 DZD 225,69 USD
3.7 Design / logo / graphic charter 1 200 000,00 DZD 1 504,58 USD
3.8 Video Jingle (Placeit soft) 1 1 974,08 DZD 14,95 USD Pricing for month
4. Additionnal expenses 4 965,11 USD
4.1 Raffle for participants Raffle 10 50 000,00 DZD 376,15 USD Online subscriptions, gift cards ... (10 000 DZD/winner)
4.2 Emergency & contingencies - - 50 000,00 DZD 376,15 USD Social event
4.3 Compensation 4 months full time - - 560 000,00 DZD 4 212,81 USD for 2 full-time managers
TOTAL 10 249,44 USD
Total cost of event
The total estimated cost of the event is around 10 249,44 USD.
Total amount requested from the Conference and Event Grants program
The total amount requested from the conference and event grant program is 10 249,44 USD.
Please confirm that you are aware that changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Yes, we do confirm that we are aware that changes to the budget beyond 10 % needs approval in advance.



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