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Community Engagement and Participant retention in Wikimedians of Tabora
proposed start date2024-01-20
proposed end date2024-06-01
grant start date2024-01-20T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-06-01T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)11739000 TZS
budget (USD)4680.57 USD
amount recommended (USD)4680.57
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Anuary Rajabu
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Main Wikimedia username. (required)

Anuary Rajabu



If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

I'm a group leader of Wikimedians Of Tabora, where my responsibilities include overseeing, managing, and coordinating the various activities and projects within the group.

Main Proposal[edit]

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

Community Engagement and Participant retention in Wikimedians of Tabora

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-01-20 - 2024-06-01

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Other (please specify) Community Engagement and Participant retention in Wikimedians of Tabora

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

With the successes we achieved in our past projects, we organized several events with the support of internal resources, including one in collaboration with the Wikimedia Community Arusha. These events were highly successful, and we recruited over 35 participants who received training on Wikimedia Projects. They were able to create Wikipedia accounts and had their first editing experience. The dedication and enthusiasm of the people in Tabora regarding Wikimedia projects inspired us to form an informal group called 'Wikimedians of Tabora.' This group consists of librarians, academicians, and other individuals in the Tabora Region of Western Tanzania. This proposal aims to secure more support to accommodate the growing number of dedicated Wikimedians and address the following challenges by implementing the various approaches described below;

Low Participation: One major challenge is the relatively low number of Wikipedia editors in Western Tanzania, specifically Tabora. This is due to a lack of awareness about Wikimedia projects.

Knowledge Gap: Tabora is rich in history, culture, and local knowledge, but it is underrepresented on Wikimedia projects due to a lack of active contributors.

Participant Drop-Off: Many individuals may initially express interest in Wikipedia editing but eventually disengage due to various reasons, including a lack of support and motivation.

Strategies for Bringing About Change:

Training and Skill Development: We will offer comprehensive training programs to teach Wikipedia editing skills, ranging from basic to advanced, for both new and experienced editors.

Content Improvement: Participants will be encouraged and guided to contribute to Wikipedia articles, ensuring that the information is well-researched, accurate, and properly cited.

Recognition and Rewards: We will recognize and celebrate the contributions of active participants. We will also consider introducing rewards or certificates to incentivize ongoing participation.

Feedback and Improvement: We will establish a feedback mechanism to gather input from participants. This feedback will be used to make necessary improvements and adjustments in our community.

These approaches will help promote awareness of Wikimedia projects in Western Tanzania, bridge the contributor and knowledge gaps, and lead to impactful contributions on Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

We will implement the strategies described to bring about change by conducting the following activities:

1.Training Workshops: We will organize a series of training events for both experienced contributors and newcomers. These events will provide participants with essential skills for Wikimedia projects, including editing skills and a general awareness of Wikimedia projects.
2.Edit-a-thons: We will host a series of edit-a-thons to give participants hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
3.Writing Contests: Additionally, we will organize local contests and offer prizes to the winners as a way to incentivize participation.
4.Community Gathering Events: Finally, we will bring the entire community together for the purpose of sharing experiences and gathering feedback from participants, which will help us make further improvements to the community.
8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

User: Anuary Rajabu, Co-founder of Wikimedians of Tabora, Swahili Wikipedia administrator, Certified Organizer, who has organized and led several successful projects, will lead the overall project development, implementation, and reporting on the project's progress and status. User: Shukuru Adam, She will be responsible for communication and logistics in this project. We will also seek experienced Wikimedians for training assistance in other established communities in Tanzania as a way of collaborating.

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? (required)

Our target participants are members of the Wikimedians of Tabora Community. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_Of_Tabora/Members_list

We have an existing WhatsApp group where we communicate and share information. Additionally, we will invite new participants and keep them updated, encouraging their participation during wiki events through our WhatsApp group and the Discussion meta page

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

Members of Wikimedians of Tabora were engaged in discussions about the proposed project on our WhatsApp group and the meta discussion page. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_Of_Tabora/Activities_%26_Events

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Open Technology

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

1. How many participants have remained active contributors?

2. Has underrepresented knowledge about Tabora's culture been incorporated into Wikimedia projects?
3. How many new editors have been recruited?
4. Do the participants have sufficient editing skills?
18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 35
Number of editors 33
Number of organizers 2
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 100
Wikimedia Commons
Wikidata 150
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

Programs & Events Dashboard tool, also some other metrics will be collected manually

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Please find the budget here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EDVhlFiBNMaRxlwprKykIHjjCX73oTHZIrslDwKHvAU/edit#gid=0

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

11739000 TZS

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

4680.57 USD

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Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

Please add endorsements and feedback to the grant discussion page only. Endorsements added here will be removed automatically.

Community members are invited to share meaningful feedback on the proposal and include reasons why they endorse the proposal. Consider the following:

  • Stating why the proposal is important for the communities involved and why they think the strategies chosen will achieve the results that are expected.
  • Highlighting any aspects they think are particularly well developed: for instance, the strategies and activities proposed, the levels of community engagement, outreach to underrepresented groups, addressing knowledge gaps, partnerships, the overall budget and learning and evaluation section of the proposal, etc.
  • Highlighting if the proposal focuses on any interesting research, learning or innovation, etc. Also if it builds on learning from past proposals developed by the individual or organization, or other Wikimedia communities.
  • Analyzing if the proposal is going to contribute in any way to important developments around specific Wikimedia projects or Movement Strategy.
  • Analysing if the proposal is coherent in terms of the objectives, strategies, budget, and expected results (metrics).