Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/2023 Zambia Writes for Wikipedia campaign (ID: 22106489)

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2023 Zambia Writes for Wikipedia campaign
proposed start date2023-07-01
proposed end date2023-07-31
budget (local currency)59446 ZMW
budget (USD)3483.59 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• User:Icem4k
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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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.

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Grant Proposal[edit]

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

2023 Zambia Writes for Wikipedia campaign

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.

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

The primary objective of this campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of creating and contributing to Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia, in Zambia. This campaign will encourage individuals to participate in a writing competition where they can showcase their writing skills while also contributing to the knowledge-sharing community.

The change that I am trying to bring through the "Zambia Writes for Wikipedia" campaign is to increase awareness and participation in Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia, in Zambia. The campaign aims to encourage individuals to contribute to the knowledge-sharing community by showcasing the rich culture and history of Zambia through high-quality articles on topics related to the country. This change is important because it will not only increase the visibility of Zambia on the global stage, but it will also promote a culture of knowledge-sharing and collaboration among Zambians. By contributing to Wikimedia projects, individuals can share their knowledge, skills, and expertise with the world while also learning from others.

Overall, the "Zambia Writes for Wikipedia" campaign has the potential to bring about a positive change in the way Zambians engage with knowledge-sharing and contribute to the global community.

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

1. Promotion and Outreach: A key strategy is to promote the campaign through various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additionally, outreach efforts we will be made to local bloggers and media outlets to spread the word about the writing competition.

2. Providing Resources and Support: Providing resources and support to individuals who are interested in contributing to Wikimedia projects can help build their confidence and knowledge. Providing training and resources to participants before and during the campaign can help them understand the guidelines for submitting articles and the best practices for writing high-quality articles.
3. Offering Prizes and Recognition: Offering prizes and recognition to participants is an effective strategy to incentivize participation and to acknowledge their contributions. Participants who submit high-quality articles can be recognized through certificates of participation and also be eligible for prizes.
4. Follow-up and Feedback: Providing feedback and follow-up after the competition can help to foster a sense of community and encourage participants to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects. Participants can be informed about their articles' impact and how they have contributed to the Wikimedia community.

I believe these strategies will be effective for Zambia Writes for Wikipedia because they leverage existing networks and resources to promote the campaign and encourage participation. The promotion and outreach efforts can help reach a broader audience. Providing resources and support can help build the skills and knowledge of participants, while offering prizes and recognition can incentivize participation. Lastly, follow-up and feedback can help build a sense of community and encourage continued engagement.

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

These activities can be delivered using a combination of online and offline channels to ensure that they reach a wide audience and are accessible to all interested individuals.

1. Promotion and Outreach

Develop social media content and posts to promote the campaign on various platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Reach out to local bloggers and media outlets to spread the word about the writing competition. Develop and distribute flyers and posters to publicize the campaign in local communities and public places. Partner with local organizations, such as schools, universities, and libraries, to promote the campaign to their members.

2. Providing Resources and Support

Develop and deliver training sessions for participants to provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to write high-quality articles. Provide participants with guidelines and best practices for submitting articles, including information on citations and references. Offer feedback and support to participants who have questions or need assistance with their articles. Create a community forum or group to enable participants to share their experiences, ask questions, and support each other.

3. Offering Prizes and Recognition

Identify and secure sponsors who can provide prizes for participants who submit high-quality articles. Develop certificates of participation to recognize all participants who submit articles. Host a prize-giving ceremony to recognize and award prizes to the winners of the competition.

4. Follow-up and Feedback

Provide participants with feedback on their articles, including suggestions for improvement and areas where they have excelled. Share information on the impact of their articles, including the number of views and the articles' impact on the Wikimedia community. Conduct follow-up surveys or interviews to gather feedback from participants on their experiences and the effectiveness of the 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.

Not applicable

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

1. Isaac Kanguya (User:Icem4k) The Project Manager: This person will be responsible for overseeing the entire project and ensuring that it is completed on time, within budget, and meets the project's objectives.

2. Levy Syanseke Outreach and Promotion Officer (User:Levy Syanseke): This preson will be responsible for developing and executing the promotion and outreach strategy of the campaign, including social media, email, and other forms of communication.
3. Edward Phiri (UserEdward Phiri) Prize and Recognition Officer: This person will be responsible for identifying and securing prizes, developing certificates of participation, and organizing the prize-giving ceremony.
4. Lucille Nazyambu Mudenda Technical Support Officer (User:Lucillenm): This person will be responsible for providing technical support to participants who may experience difficulties submitting their articles to Wikipedia.
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, Geography, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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.

This addresses the content gap and knowledge inequity on Wikipedia by promoting the participation of underrepresented groups in content creation. Through targeted outreach and support, the proposal aims to encourage and equip individuals from diverse backgrounds to contribute their knowledge and perspectives to Wikipedia, thereby increasing the representation of knowledge from Zambia and promoting a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding of the country's history, culture, and society.

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 , Climate Change and sustainability

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

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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?

We are targeting individuals from various communities in Zambia who have knowledge or expertise in different areas but may not have contributed to Wikipedia before. This includes students, educators, researchers, writers, and anyone interested in sharing their knowledge with a wider audience.

To engage participants before and during the activities, the following approaches will be used: Social media and email outreach: Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be used to promote the campaign and reach out to potential participants. Email lists and newsletters will also be used to engage with participants directly. Training and Resources: Training sessions will be held to help participants understand the submission requirements and best practices for writing Wikipedia articles. Participants will also be provided with resources and support to help them write high-quality articles.

To follow up with participants after the activities, the following approaches will be used: Feedback and Support: Participants will receive feedback on their articles, including suggestions for improvement and areas where they have excelled. They will also have the opportunity to receive support from the organizers in the submission process. Impact Assessment: The impact of the articles submitted will be tracked and assessed to show the contribution of the campaign in increasing the representation of knowledge on Wikipedia from Zambia Follow-up Surveys or Interviews: Participants will be invited to participate in follow-up surveys or interviews to gather feedback on their experiences and the effectiveness of the campaign. The feedback received will be used to improve the campaign for future iterations.

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

To actively contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants during the "Zambia Writes for Wikipedia" campaign, the following ways can be implemented: Establishing and Communicating Guidelines, Creating a Safe and Supportive Space, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Encouraging and Celebrating Diversity and lastly Creating Opportunities for Feedback.

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.

Will Utilize Wikimedia Communication Channels: The first step is to leverage the communication channels provided by Wikimedia to reach out to the community. These channels include mailing lists, social media groups, and other community forums. Outreach to Relevant Wikimedia Groups: We will reach out to relevant Wikimedia groups and committees, such as the Wikimedia Foundation, WikiProject Zambia, and Wikimedia Chapters and User Groups in neighbouring countries to promote the campaign and seek support. Collaborate with Local Organizations: Collaborate with local organizations such as universities, libraries, and research centers to promote the campaign and engage potential participants. Use Local Media: Utilize local media outlets, such as radio, TV, and newspapers to promote the campaign and create awareness among a broader audience.

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?
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, Improve User Experience, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

As I work on this fund proposal for Zambia Writes for Wikipedia, I could learn several valuable lessons that will help me to enhance my skills and knowledge in various areas. Some of these lessons include: Project Management, Leadership and Communication, Community Engagement, Knowledge Representation and also Impact Assessment

Overall, working on this fund proposal for Zambia Writes for Wikipedia will provide me with a valuable learning opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge that will be useful in future projects and initiatives.

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
Participants The number of active participants 20
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Individuals who attend or benefit from the proposal’s activities, either in person (offline) or virtually (online). 50
Number of editors People who edit Wikimedia projects, creating or improving content as a result of grantee activities). 50
Number of organizers People that make sure that activities can be implemented by providing the necessary time, support, and knowledge. 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 100
Wikidata N/A 100
Wikimedia Commons N/A 150
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

Here are some possible reasons why the Zambia Writes for Wikipedia proposal might not measure certain core metrics: Lack of Resources: Measuring core metrics can require additional resources, such as time, personnel, and tools. If the proposal does not have the necessary resources, it may not be able to measure all of the core metrics. Limited Scope: The proposal may have a limited scope, which may not allow for the measurement of certain core metrics. Unforeseen Challenges: The proposal may face unforeseen challenges that make it difficult to measure certain core metrics. For example, changes in the external environment or unexpected events may impact the ability to measure core metrics effectively. Lack of Expertise: Measuring core metrics can require specialized expertise in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. If the proposal team lacks this expertise, it may not be able to measure all of the core metrics effectively.

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.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

59446 ZMW

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

3483.59 USD

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