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Towards youth empowerment , Open platform and innovations in geospatial technologies
The main objective of our proposal is to contribute to the reduction of Wikimedia youth communities unemployment rate in the great lakes through empowerment with innovative quality education in the use of geospatial technologies applied in the environment protection
start date2022-06-01T00:00:00Z2022-06-01
end date2023-05-30T00:00:00Z2023-05-31
budget (local currency)80000000 RWF
budget (USD)80000 USD
grant typeMission-aligned organization
organization typeNon profit organisation
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundundefined round
applicant(s)• N/A
organization (if applicable)• Iriza foundation

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Applicant information[edit]

A. Organization type

Mission-aligned organization

B. Organization name

Iriza foundation

E. Do you have an account on a Wikimedia project?


E1. Please provide the main Wikimedia Username (required) and Usernames of people related to this proposal.


G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Did not apply previously

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?

H1. Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?
H2. Please state the size of these grants from the following options.
H3. What type of organization (s) did you receive grants from?
H4. What percentage of your program budget do other funders contribute to?

2. Are you legally registered?


3. What type of organization are you?

Non profit organisation

4. What is your organization or group's mission and how does it align with the Wikimedia movement?

We are a community of people believing in knowledge equity distributed through open platforms to empower the youth through innovation and entrepreneurship our main expertise and intervention are in Geospatial technologies and Environmental protection

5. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)

Grant proposal[edit]

6. Please state the title of your proposal.

Towards youth empowerment , Open platform and innovations in geospatial technologies

9. Where will this proposal be implemented?

Regional (more than one country in the same continent or region)

10. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries?


10a. If you have answered international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

We intend to implement the project in the Africa great lakes region

10b. Are there any specific sub-regions or areas where your proposal will be implemented?

Generally the project will be implemented in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda

11. What is the challenge or problem you are addressing and why is this important?

There is a general worldwide challenge in youth and in the Africa great lakes there is a correlation of youth unemployment and quality education, As a case of study Youth Unemployment Rate in Rwanda increased to 30.90 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from 21.70 percent in the first quarter of 2021 (NISR report , 2021) partly as a result of the COVID -19 and other social vulnerabilities, the same In DRC it has been estimated to more than 20 % . This is one of the main challenges in our region despite the fact that these young people are the cornerstone of the growth as they are the majority today.

There is a growing movement of free knowledge worldwide but in the great lakes region the trend is not as fast as it should and the assumption is that the following facts are the main contributors : the lack of proper engagement , knowledge gap based on poor quality of education and knowledge equity based on the lack of financial resources. The highest performing education systems are those that combine equity with quality according to (OECD research , 2012) and there is a need to improve the access to quality education in Africa ( Center for universal education , 2022) .

Global geospatial technologies markets trends focusing on environmental protection, biodiversity loss , pollution and climate change are estimated to billions of dollars(UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management,2022) and opportunities in these fields are on the growth trend in the great lakes region where leapfrog is the way to go .

The main challenge we are tackling is the unemployment in Wikimedia communities contributing with free knowledge and equity and therefore contribute to combat the climate change using geospatial technologies

12. What is the main objective of your proposal? Please state why you think partnering with Wikimedia Movement helps to achieve this objective?

The main objective of our proposal is to contribute to the reduction of Wikimedia youth communities unemployment rate in the great lakes through empowerment with innovative quality education in the use of geospatial technologies applied in the environment protection

13. Describe your main strategies to achieve this objective?

Our strategies are grouped in three main components : Youth engagement , Promote free knowledge sharing culture and sharing of incentives

Through a collaboration elaborated under the memorandum of understanding with the Wikimedia communities and individual contributors in the Africa Great Lakes region . We are committed to be innovative and promote integrity in the youth communities as values to attain Knowledge equity, bringing down the cost for the quality of education through motivated voluntary contributions from basic skills to advanced skills in the fields of geospatial technologies applied in environment field.

Among other topics to be covered we will focus on community mapping and landslides monitoring , geodetic receivers applications in proper land use , geospatial data collection and dissemination , climate change awareness and mitigation these will be achieved through a collaborative mechanisms we have established where willing corporates with specializing skills packages engage with the wikimedia communities and provide trainings programs , mentorship and guide the participants to make the contributions to wikimedia platforms especially wiki commons , wikipedia and wikidata.

14. Are you running any in-person events or activities?


15. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified content knowledge gaps?

Content Gender gap, Age (regency) , Geography, Language

16. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.

Education, Advocacy

17. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.

Gender Identity, Geographic

18. Please tell us more about your target participants.

-The main participants in this project are the already contributing Wikimedia communities estimated to hundreds of people in the great lakes region . They will be retained through their motivation to establish stronger local chapters empowered by access to the course programs and mentorship programs we will continue to offer
  • The second category of emphasis are the new participants who will be engaged and encouraged to share their free knowledge and motivated with the empowerment programs we have established like co-working spaces. The will be retained through their motivation by empowerment programs by access to the course programs and mentorship programs
  • The third category are the scientists and professionals willing to share their free knowledge who will be engaged in course development and mentorship programs and be invited to contribute with articles on Wikimedia platforms . they will be retained through incentives packages established with long term vision.
  • the fourth category are vulnerable youth we will engage and support to leverage the knowelge equity and motivate them to grow stronger giving back to the community

19. Do you have plans to work with other Wikimedia communities, groups or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


19a. If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

We have started to engage the communities and individuals contributors and we have started to establish collaboration mechanisms beyond this project of one year .

19b. If no, please tell us the reasons why it has not been possible to make these connections.


20. Will you be working with other external non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


20a. If yes, please describe these partnerships.


20a. If yes, indicate sharing of resources from these partners (in kind support, grants, donations, payments).


21. Please tell us how your organization is structured.

22. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

23. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

24. What do you hope to learn from this proposal?

Core Metrics[edit]

25. Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 1000
Number of editors 300
Number of organizers 20
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 500

25a. If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation. (optional)


26. What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impact of your work? (optional)


27. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

We will develop and customize an app to capture the data and make synthesis about the data to document the impact and lessons learnt

28. How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?

Create a video of our experience, Make a short presentation of the experience, Create a training workshop to show others what we learned, Share results on social media

Financial Proposal[edit]

29. What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

80000000 RWF

30. What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

80000 USD

31. & 32. Please provide a budget for the amount of funding requested.

33. What do you do to make sure there is a good management of funds?

34. How will you contribute towards creating a supportive environment for participants using the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy?

35. Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

36. I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friend Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.