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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Activating Gungbe Wikimedians Community in Ouémé Department, Benin Republic (ID: 21884655)

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statusNot funded
Activating Gungbe Wikimedians Community in Ouémé Department, Benin Republic
proposed start date2022-07-25
proposed end date2022-09-25
grant start date2022-07-25T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-09-25T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1964201.11 NGN
budget (USD)4735 USD
amount recommended (USD)0
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Misteld
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.




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.

Gungbe Wikimedians User Group

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Activating Gungbe Wikimedians Community in Ouémé Department, Benin Republic

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.

Gungbe speakers in Republic of Benin are marginalized when it comes to contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia. guwwiki is now activated but with little or no contribution from gungbe speakers in Republic of Benin. These people are about 60% of Gungbe speakers. This project is aimed at recruiting, training and establishing a hub of editors that will contribute to Gungbe Wikipedia and continously participate in Wikimedia projects along with the Gungbe Wikimedians community in Nigeria.

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

1. Promotional Awareness: I will carry out a local promotional awareness that involves visiting local chiefs and kings and visiting high schools and markets to create awareness. Based on my consultation with the Nigeria Community, this method was effective there and I plan to use similar approach. I have met some local chiefs already and they welcome the idea of giving me time to speak at a town hall meeting.

2. Trainings / Editathos: I will carry out series of trainings and editathons on Gungbe Wikipedia. Attending series of trainings and editathons was what made me understand how to contribute to Wikipedia project. Although I was introduced to the project while in incubator, I have been grounded in it because there was series of trainings. In my little capacity, After some months I was assigned two mentees and I realized that training them regularly has helped them a lot. On a large scale series of trainings is ideal for emerging communities.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

I will carry out 5 series of trainings and editathons in Hogbonu (Porto-Novo), in Oueme District in Benin Republic. The choice of Hogbonu is because of the high concentration of gungbe speakers residing there. 5 series of trainings is required because all participants will be new editors and this is necessary in order to reinforce their learnings and go easy on them without a rush. These trainings will take place on weekends so as to accommodate high school teachers that are gungbe speakers that will participate.

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. Misteld: I will serve as the coordinator of the project. I am an experienced gungbe speaker and editor. I will handle the communications too.

2. Gadarawamo: Will serve as the program manaer. He is an experienced gungbe editor. He will also facilitate the event.
3. Sagbosam: As an experienced gungbe editor that is conversant with locals, he will assist in communications and serve as facilitator.
4. Wikitician: As an experienced Wikimedian, He will serve as an advisor in making sure the project goes as planned.
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.

Geography, Language, 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.

I will be engaging participants on a language Wikipedia (gungbe Wikipedia) and they are underrepresented on Wikimedia projects.

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.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Diversity

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language

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?

The target participants are gungbe speakers in Oueme district in Benin Republic. Before the event I will make announcements in town hall meetings, markets, high schools and in bus parks. I will do a physical collection of WhatsApp number that will be used to create a WhatsApp Group. I will encourage mebers of the group to post notification about the events on their social media accounts and encourage them to also invite their friends to join the group. In the WhatsApp group I will send updates on what to expect in the trainings and I will share articles in gungbe as a daily read. During the events, there will be sessions to practice what has been learnt. After the event I will be sharing editing tips on the WhatsApp Group and share links to local Wikimedia competitions. I will group the participants in fours and assign to mentors that will be available to answer their questions in real time. Where necessary I will be sharing short pre-recorded video on the WhatsApp as part of the editing tips.

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

I will discuss the policies and UCCoC with the expected participants in the WhatsApp group created before the event. Before the start of each event I will also emphasize on the importance of adhering to this policy. I will share my contacts and venue security contact details in the WhatsApp group and on event days.

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.

I have discussed this with the Gungbe Wikimedians User Group on WhatsApp group chat and I have posted notification on the discussion page. I have also posted notification on Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group discussion page. The link to meta is here:



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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. Is 5 series of trainings and editathons enough for participant to master editing Wikipedia?

2. Is using an indigenous language a motivating factor for people to attend Wikimedia events?
3. What is the maximum number of Gungbe Wikipedia articles that can be created in 5 series of trainings/editathons?
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 participants Number of people that participated based on pre-events engagement in gungbe language 20
Gungbe Wikimedians Hub established in Benin Republic Number of registered users signed up on meta on Gungbe Wikimedians Hub in Oueme District in Benin Republic 20
Maximum number of articles created on Gungbe Wikipedia Maximum number of articlesw created on Gungbe Wikipedia 100
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Number of new participants 20
Number of editors Number of new editors 20
Number of organizers Number of organizers 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Number of Gungbe Wikipedia articles created 100
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


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.

Outreach Dashboard

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1964201.11 NGN

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

4735 USD

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


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