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Global Open Initiative Annual Wikimedia Activities
start date2022-01-012022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2022-12-312022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)195740 GHS
budget (USD)33313.89 USD
amount recommended (USD)33313.89
grant typeNonprofit organization with Wikimedia mission
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalEmmanuel Yeboah- Kinvidia Harriet Bayel- Mwintirew
organization (if applicable)Global-Open Initiative Foundation
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

Emmanuel Yeboah- Kinvidia

Harriet Bayel- Mwintirew


Global-Open Initiative Foundation

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

Applied previously and did receive a grant

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


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?

Creative Commons

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information[edit]

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?


S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

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


M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Our mission is to help groom the skills and talents of Ghanaian youths through volunteerism. By empowering them to lead and contribute to open source projects like Wikipedia, we provide a platform and opportunities for them to apply the knowledge they acquired from schools. We also equip them with skills, knowledge, and experiences that could be of so much benefit to them career-wise.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

We held a pilot event at the main library in Winneba. Which was attended by 13 librarians who were interested in having more of such events. Through this event we discovered that there are librarians in libraries in Ghana that lack digital literacy skills and hence are not able to be of much assistance to library visitors. We also discovered that, libraries are not being patronised by the youth that much. So to make libraries more useful to Ghanaians, the Global Open Initiative Foundation and the Ghana Library Authority decided to work together to equip librarians with digital literacy skills by organising Wikipedia and Wikidata training events in libraries in the Central Region. Also, to attract more visitors to the libraries, the Ghana Library Authority will promote Wikipedia and Wikidata training events happening in libraries on their various social media platforms.

Moreover, having a community of editors and partners that are not continuously engaged could lead to the disinterest of some members who end up leaving. For the year 2020/2021 through our Wikimedia activities, we established partnerships with several institutions including Nubuke Foundation, Accra Archive, Ghana Library Authority (Effutu Municipality), Dallung Community Library, Jisonayili Community Library and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Ghana. To strengthen our alliances with these institutions so we can continue to achieve our goal of contributing valuable content and recruiting editors on the various Wikimedia projects, we want to continue our work with these institutions. So for the year 2022, working hand in hand with these institutions, we hope to undertake the following:

1. GOIF and Nubuke Editing meetups: Work with Nubuke Foundation team to improve content about Artists on Wikipedia and Wikidata.
2. GOIF and Ghana Library Authority(GLA) Wikipedia and Wikidata training workshops and contests: The Ghana Library Authority is the institution that manages all libraries in Ghana. We will work with Ghana Library Authority to organise Wikipedia and Wikidata training workshops in libraries across the regions in Ghana.
3. Twi Community Editing meetups and contests.

3. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

GOIF+Nubuke Foundation Edit-a-thons: Ever since the beginning of 2020, most of the GOIF community meetups have been online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that physical events are allowed, we have partnered with the Nubuke Foundation who are interested in working with us to improve content about Ghanaian artists. It was agreed that Nubuke will allow the GOIF team to use its space for organising Wikipedia and Wikidata editing meetups on every last Saturday of the month.

Every meeting day, we will create at least five pages with the participants. After every meeting each participant will be given an article to work on before the next meeting day, the next month. In total, about 10 pages should be created in a month. Based on these figures, we will be able to complete about 60 pages in 6 months.

GOIF+Ghana Library Authority Wikidata/Wikipedia workshops: We can achieve Ghana Library Authority’s goal of connecting every Ghanaian with knowledge resources to attain our shared goal of improving the literacy and skills of all Ghanaians. But first, we have to make libraries more useful, attractive and accessible to Ghanaians. And to do this, the Global Open Initiative Foundation which has a lot of experience in organising Wikipedia training events, has partnered with the Ghana Library Authority (Effutu Municipality), which manages all national libraries in the municipality, to organise Wikipedia training workshops in Libraries across the country.

We have successfully organised Wikipedia and Wikidata training workshops at the main GLA library in Winneba, Dallung Community Library, Jisonayili Community Library and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Ghana. We want to continuously engage the librarians recruited in these libraries and also train new librarians to become editors on Wikidata and Wikipedia. So we will organise at least one Wikidata editing workshop at each of the libraries that we worked with before. The type of content which will be created and improved will vary from one institution to the other. By completion of this project we will train 60 librarians and establish partnership with 4 new libraries.

Twi Community Transla-ta-thons and Contests: The Twi community which focuses on creating content and recruiting editors on Twi Wikipedia mostly organise editing meetups and contests to continuously engage their members. For the year 2022 the community hopes to have organised 4 translation meetups and 4 contests.

4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

By December 2022, we would have created and improved over thousand pages on Twi Wikipedia, English Wikipedia and Wikidata. We would have also trained sixty librarians and formed partnerships with four other libraries as well.

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, 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?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

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

Emmanuel Yeboah (User: Kinvidia)- Project manager Harriet Henry Bayel (User: Mwintirew)- In charge of Finance and Logistics Patience Ansah (User: Nana yaa series)- Communications Jemima Antwi (User: Jemima2019)- review jury work, build pages, other maintenance, Twi Professional Abigail Darko (en:User:Amoaniwaa)- Trainer and workshop facilitator Yvonne Darko (en:User:Naa2Darkoa)- Trainer and workshop facilitator Mustapha (User:Sunkanmi12)- Graphics designer Gabriel Amuzu (:en:User:Amuzujoe)- Photographer Valentine Badu (:en:User:Valentine Badu)- Twi Professional, Facilitate Twi Wikipedia training Nadaine (User:Warmglow)- Trainer and workshop facilitator Gereon Kalkuhl (:en:User:Gereon_K.) - Advisor Greg McVerry (:en:User:Jgmac1106) - Advisor Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (:en:User:Masssly) - Advisor Zita Ursula Zage (:en:User:Celestinesucess) - Advisor Franklin Oduro (:en:User:Afroprogrammer) - Support

All team members will be involved in all the projects.

8. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geography, Language, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geographic , Linguistic / Language

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

Our targeted participants are members of the Global Open Initiative community and librarians from different libraries. To retain these participants, we will continuously engage them in editing activities. We will also add new participants to our Whatsapp group where we share resources and monitor their progress.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

All event participants will be asked to abide by the UCOC and Friendly space policy. Anyone who doesn’t will have to be eliminated from our programs.

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


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

Once our funding is approved, an email will be sent to the African mailing list, and a message will be posted in the village pump of the various projects (English Wikipedia, Twi Wikipedia and Wikidata) informing the online communities about the projects that we will be embarking on.

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


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.


15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

We already worked with these institutions in the past and we intend to continuously engage them by working on projects with them. We hope to scale our activities to other regions of Ghana with continuous collaboration with these institutions.

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.

n/a (GA completed this question, as this was not included in the application when the grantee was approved for funding)

17. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

18. 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]

19. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

-Manage existing partnerships and establish new ones.

  • Best methods for effectively training librarians to become active Wikidata and Wikipedia editors.

20. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities Number of editors that continue to edit after activities. 25
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities Number of organisers retained. 20
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability Number of sustained partnerships. 6
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees Number of female editors 30
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Total participants (Awareness campaigns) 200
Number of editors Total participants (editing activities) 200
Number of organizers people that make sure that activities can be implemented by providing the necessary time, support, and knowledge - such as coordinators, trainers, facilitators, etc. 20
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Number of content pages created or improved across English Wikipedia and Twi Wikipedia. 1000
Wikidata Number of content pages created or improved across Wikidata. 1000

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


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

-Outreach Dashboard for tracking contributions of editors.

  • Google forms for participant registration.

Financial Proposal[edit]

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

195740 GHS

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

33313.89 USD

23.3 Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.


23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


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.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.