Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/1Lib1Ref 2023 campaign on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia (ID: 22117700)

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statusNot funded
1Lib1Ref 2023 campaign on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia
proposed start date2023-07-01
proposed end date2023-07-31
budget (local currency)3500000 RWF
budget (USD)3365.2 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Fabnk
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

Fabnk Nirwanda12



Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Wikimedians of Ruhengeri User Group (not recognized affiliate)

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

1Lib1Ref 2023 campaign on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia

Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

Meta: Twitter:

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.
  1. 1Lib1Ref — abbreviated for one librarian, one reference is a twice a year campaign which calls on librarians around the world, and anyone who has a passion for free knowledge, to add missing references to articles on Wikipedia. As volunteers of Wikimedia, we plan to collaborate with Libraries and librarians to join global campaign and improve the citations on local language Wikipedia, Kinyarwanda Wikipedia. As the 1Lib1Ref campaign is coming back again within May 15th, to June 5th, 2023. We are trying to participate in the coming campaign in order to ensure that the most articles on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia are being well referenced. This is important because all Wikipedia articles especially Kinyarwanda Wikipedia need proper citations.

Kinyarwanda Wikipedia ( is a growing language Wikipedia which has nearly above 5000 articles and about 2000 articles among them were created in less than two years (, The implementation of this project is also important because involvement of local librarians in building this Wikipedia will result in enhancement of its content which benefits the community of its consumers.

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

In collaboration with Rwanda Wikimedia community and Agati Library Rwanda ( a community library in Rwanda, we want to engage community and train Librarians from different libraries in Rwanda on how to contribute to Wikipedia. Since the existence of librarians is rare and greatly important, this will help and bring the librarians along in the movement. Those Librarians will be useful to the movement this is because of the impact they can bring. This will be effective because we planned the supporting activities including workshops and contest in order to add citation on the more than 300 articles, the list will be prepared by the organizing team. In order to bridge gender gap, we plan to add reference to at least 100 women articles. It will also be effective because every Librarian will be motivated to learn and contribute.

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

In assistance of Agati Library Rwanda, we will do mobilization focusing on reaching to local librarians in our country and convince them to join the campaign. After mobilizing we will launch opening event to learn more about #1Lib1Ref campaign and its impacts, and organize training sessions, after we will do a contest for the participants during the campaign. We shall organize a physical session as a launch event and another physical event to close the event where we will share the success of the campaign, recognize and award prizes to 5 top contributors of campaign. There will be online training sessions in other to keep up with the librarians to make sure they keep editing and contributing to campaign.

4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

1Lib1Ref, WikiGap

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

Our local activity will be organized within a global framework, local organizers are User:Nirwanda12, User:Fabnk. They are wikimedians who can support our work. We will collaborate with Agati Library rwanda as an external organization which will help in mobilization and bringing librarians together. For further experience, we have User:SEgt-WMF who is currently a campaign manager she is supporting us with technical skills and materials through the process and we will be together until the end of the campaign. We are also connecting with the campaign champions and ambassadors.

6. 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.

Content Gender gap, Language, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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

During the campaign we will focus on engaging women librarians at least 50% of participants will be women. In the contributions we aim to improve and add reference on 100 articles of women on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia.

7. 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 , Public Policy

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Gender Identity, Linguistic / Language, Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?

Target participants are Librarians in general and volunteers from Rwanda, we will reach them via social media, WhatsApp groups and email as well. In retaining new participants, we will add them in community WhatsApp group.

10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

We will adhere strictly to the Wikimedia friendly space policy and Universal Code of Conduct to make sure that everyone is exercising all the rights they have.

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

We will announce the project through various local communication channels and on public social medias, we will reach out to local librarians in particular some online others physically.

The global coordination page may be accessed here:

Our planned activities on meta can be accessed here:

Our affiliate website:

Our affiliate Twitter page can be accessed here:

Partner`s Twitter page:

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
This joint proposal would increase participation in this year #1Lib1Ref Campaign in engaging librarians and improve local language Wikipedia.
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


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

14. 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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

We hope to learn impact we can achieve as Rwandan Community in the Wikimedia movement through contributing to this year #1Lib1Ref campaign.

16. 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 spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Number of events Total number of events we will have, including 2 physical events and 3 online sessions 5
Women participants at least number of women who will participate 15
Gender balance Number of articles about women that will be improved 100
Contributions Number of contents to be improved 300
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants total number of people who will participate in project 30
Number of editors Total number of people that will at least improve or create an article on Wikiqoutes 30
Number of organizers Including two experienced wikimedians and 2 librarians who will be Volunteering. All organizers will work together to coordinate the project both online and offline from beginning to the end. 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Number of articles to be improved on Wikipedia (added reference) 300
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

the reason can be lack of articles to add reference on, the organizing team will list the target articles to address this issue.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

Hashtag tool and Dashboard tool

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

3500000 RWF

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

3365.2 USD

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

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


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