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Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro Annual grant 2024-2025
start date2024-06-012024-07-01T00:00:00Z
end date2025-07-012025-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)41250000 TZS
amount requested (USD)38036.28 USD [note 1]
amount recommended (USD)16500
amount recommended (local currency)42740280 TZS
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Wikimedians of Kilimanjaro group (not recognized affiliate)
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
No, it is my first time applying for a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Group of individuals not registered with an organization
Are your group or organization legally registered in your country? (required)
Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Fiscal organization name.
Open Knowledge Tanzania

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro Annual grant 2024-2025
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
4. Proposed end date. (required)
5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

In 2024, the Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro will be based on diverse programs and strategies. Our initiatives will encompass Environmental issues through Wiki for human rights. Also, we will deal with cultural privatization through feminism and folklore, and wiki loves Africa. In education and capacity building, we will be focusing on the Let's Connect peer learning program. Our approaches and strategies are aimed at promoting open knowledge, fostering inclusive learning communities, and supporting the Wikimedia 2030 strategy for global impact. Here's a clear breakdown of these aspects:


  • Monthly in-personal Edithathon.
  • Let’s Connect Peer Learning Program in Tanzania.
  • Wikimedia Contest and Campaigns(Wiki Loves Africa. and Feminism and Folklore.)
  • Community Gathering.

Challenges and Strategies:

Strategy 1: Community Content Creation and Improvement

Challenge: Scarcity of Swahili Content - There's a noticeable lack of information available on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia platforms in Swahili, a widely spoken language in Tanzania. To address this, we will organize collaborative events with experienced editors and certified trainers from the Wikimedia community in Arusha. Through this collaboration, we aim to foster greater engagement and learning among our community members. By the end of the grant period, we expect to see an increase in active contributors from the Wikimedia community in Kilimanjaro.

Program Approach: Monthly In-Person Edit-a-thons - These sessions will resemble workshops focused on generating content on less-covered topics in Swahili. They will bring Wikimedians together to:

Collaborate: Working as a team on articles and media uploads.
Share Knowledge: Experts and enthusiasts share insights on specific topics.
Create New & Improved Content: Emphasizing the creation of new Swahili content and enhancing existing entries.

Strategy 2: Empowered Learning Ecosystem for Tanzanian Wikimedians

  • Challenge: Limited Digital Skills - Many potential Wikimedians may lack the technical expertise needed to edit on Wikipedia and other platforms. Our program aims to cultivate a cultural environment where every member of the Wikimedia movement in Tanzania can freely share or acquire knowledge from other Wikimedians across Tanzania and globally. We envision a scenario where individuals can enhance their leadership, organizational, event preparation, and Wikimedia contribution skills. This will be achieved through collaborations with community leaders in Tanzania, as well as experienced individuals from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, and beyond.
  • Program Approach: Let’s Connect Peer Learning Program in Tanzania - This initiative will foster a supportive environment for learning through:
Online Learning Clinics: Providing introductory and advanced editing skills for Wikimedia projects.
Peer-to-peer Mentorship: Experienced editors guiding newcomers in their editing journey.
Knowledge Exchange and Skill Development: Strengthening the community collectively through mutual learning.

Strategy 3: Increase Engagement - Addressing the Gender Gap

Challenge: Gender Disparity in Participation - Presently, there's an unequal representation of male and female editors contributing to Wikimedia projects. The vision of the Wikimedia community in Kilimanjaro is to bridge this gender gap by offering more training opportunities to women to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Our goal, within three years of implementing our strategies, is to have 40% female participation in Wikimedia projects.

  • Program Approach: Leveraging Wikimedia Contests and Campaigns - We will focus on existing initiatives such as Wiki for Human Rights, Wiki Loves Africa, and Feminism and Folklore, with specific emphasis on:
Targeted Outreach: Engaging women's organizations and potential female editors to increase awareness and encourage participation.
Tailored Workshops: Providing workshops that cater to the specific needs and interests of women editors.
Showcasing Diverse Content: Highlighting contributions from women editors and content related to women's issues to foster a more inclusive environment.

Strategy 4: Community Unity and Knowledge Exchange

Challenge: Fragmented Community and Limited Networking Opportunities - The Tanzanian Wikimedian community may be geographically dispersed, which could impede collaboration and knowledge sharing. Additionally, within the community, participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and collectively make decisions to ensure the smooth functioning of the community.

Program Approach: Community Gatherings - These gatherings will serve as vital platforms for: Connection and Networking: Participants connect, share experiences, and build relationships with fellow Wikipedians.

Strategic Planning and Discussion: Facilitating discussions on the community's strategic direction, addressing challenges, and brainstorming solutions collaboratively.
Grant Proposal Development: Collaboratively developing strong grant applications for the annual Wikimedia general grant, ensuring alignment with community priorities.

Celebrating Achievements: Recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of community members and projects that have enriched the Wikimedia landscape throughout the year.

Global Wikimedia Event Participation: Actively engaging in global Wikimedia events like Wikimania, Wiki Indaba, and Wikimedia Summit. We aim to send at least two active community members annually to one of these events, promoting representation and facilitating knowledge exchange.
9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education Yes
Culture, heritage or GLAM Yes
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement Yes
Participation in campaigns and contests Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Editing Wikipedia Training, Translation, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Vocational, tertiary, or higher education, Teachers or professors, Senior citizens
Other groups if any: N/A

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Introducing new approaches to underrepresented culture and heritage, e.g. decolonising or reparative work; oral and visual knowledge; outreach to communities of origin, indigenous and first nations self-determination, Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs, Partnering with institutions, professional associations, and allied organizations to raise awareness of open culture, ethical sharing, and related issues
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Bringing in women and/or gender diverse participants and editors, Focusing on creating content about women and/or gender diverse groups, including biographies, intersectional topic areas and/or adding images, Focusing on knowledge equity by bringing in contributors from underrepresented communities, Building organizer skills in women and diversity groups
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Community support and engagement

9.4. Select all your programs and activities for Community support and engagement.
On-wiki training of community members, Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events, Supporting community members' participation in events and conferences
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
Feminism and Folklore, Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Folklore, WikiForHumanRights
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
11. Describe your team. (required)

1. Programs Director: Jastin Msechu (Justine Msechu)(Contractor); Responsible for overall management of project implementation. Initiate and set goals for programs based on the User community vision and strategic plan. Provide support to staff, contractors, and volunteers. Assist and support project progress by monitoring processes, reporting, and evaluation. 2. Community Coordinator: Abubakari Sixbert (Abubakari Sixbert)(Contractor); responsible for developing and supporting community-building initiatives. Oversee outreach activities and campaigns. Manage Community development programs, Lead partnership projects and assist in general project implementation. 3. Finance: Grace Mchomvu, (Grace Mchonvu) ;(Contractor) Manages accounting operations and provides personnel support. Prepares audit financial information and reporting. Monitoring and analyzing accounting data and producing financial reports or statements 4. Communications Manager(Contractor): Hussein Mbaaga; In charge of communication unit and media engagement. Coordinate communication of project and program initiatives to internal and external audiences. Create content for social media channels. 5. Director of Learning and Evaluation (Contractor): Edward Ambele: Responsible for performance measurement and reports development to measure progress, promote learning, and demonstrate the impacts of programs being executed. Also supports internal learning processes and assessment, as well as developing monitoring and evaluation work plans for general in-person programs. 6. Photographer and Social media assistant: (Volunteer); Responsible for photos and media coverage at events and assists in managing social media networks. 7. Project Advisor (Volunteer); Iddy Ninga (Iddy Ninga): Director of Dunia Salama Foundation and Swahili Wikipedia Administrator

12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)

The Kilimanjaro community is dedicated to cultivating partnerships, both internally within the Wikimedia community and externally with local institutions. The characteristics of these partnerships involve a shared commitment to advancing the Wikimedia mission, promoting open knowledge, and contributing to the goals of the Kilimanjaro community. Notably, the community places a specific emphasis on collaborating with local universities, recognizing the importance of engaging academic communities in Wikimedia projects. An example of a significant external partnership includes the collaboration with the Dunia Salama Foundation and Ndoto Hub. These partnerships have been instrumental in promoting Wikimedia projects within academic circles, benefiting both staff and students. The Kilimanjaro community aims to continue and expand such collaborations to further enhance knowledge dissemination and community engagement.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Innovate in Free Knowledge


Wikimedia Metrics[edit]

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 107 N/A
Number of all editors 100 N/A
Number of new editors 50
Number of retained editors 40
Number of all organizers 7 N/A
Number of new organizers 2
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 1000 500
Wikimedia Commons 300 400
Wikidata 200 500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
People reached on social media Estimated number of people we should reach though our social media channeles by the end of the project 1000
institutions partnerships strategic partnerships with public universities in Kilimanjaro and non-profit organizations will be forged through formal agreements. Building these partnerships will contribute to the longer-term sustainability of Wikimedia activities and the expansion of the community in our focus region. 4


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)


16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
41250000 TZS
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A TZS
Year 2 N/A TZS
Year 3 N/A TZS
Requested amount in USD
38036.28 USD [note 1]
Multi-year funding request summary in USD
Year Amount USD [note 1]
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A USD
  1. a b c The following amount in US dollars was calculated by Wikimedia Foundation staff using the fixed currency rates. This amount is approximate and may not reflect the actual currency exchange rates on the day of submission or distribution. If the application is funded, the funding will be sent in the recipient’s local currency.
19. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
19.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

Programs Director: Jastin Msechu (Contractor)

Community Coordinator: Abubakari Sixbert (Contractor)

19.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

FTEs are not applicable or not provided in thIS proposal
19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
20. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contractor costs 18150000 TZS
Operational costs 3355000 TZS
Programmatic costs 19745000 TZS
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


Additional information[edit]

22. In this optional space you can add any other additional information about your proposal or organization that you think can help us when reviewing your proposal. (optional)

1: This is the link to our meta page (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_Kilimanjaro)

2: responses we provided during the discussion with the Program Officer.(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MoxkxU7zT8BIbQoz7w58Ob06MmCAHMgx5wV6H2a0JCU/edit)

3:Theory of change Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro (2024-2027) (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c1B2HFOJccaz-63NLVxCQLHabAOFBuu091RccFGzdHo/edit?usp=sharing)

4:Risk Mitigation Strategies for Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro (2024-2027)(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ok1Ichp9vzAzdQCF9msnzd3lMvvNq1N_J9D3R25sFSU/edit?usp=sharing)

5:SWOT Analysis for Wikimedia Community Kilimanjaro (2024-2027)(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q7__9ZiDxsT5pmWKQLtRda8qrN5HPT1ufiDTOQHrKNY/edit?usp=sharing)

Social Media Links 1: Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/userkilimanjaro/) 2:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UserKilimanjaro) 3:Twitter (X) :(https://twitter.com/UserKilimanjaro)

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