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DCW April 2024 - September 2024 Strategic Activity Plan
proposed start date2024-04-01
proposed end date2024-09-30
grant start date2024-04-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-09-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)388000 INR
budget (USD)4670.78 USD
amount recommended (USD)4743
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• TheAafi
organization (if applicable)• Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group
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Applicant Details

Main Wikimedia username. (required)



Deoband Community Wikimedia User Group

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 a Wikimedia User Group (submitted to the Affiliation Committee).

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

As noted on Deoband Community Wikimedia/Roles, my role is that of a Program Lead at the DCW. My responsibilities include overseeing the overall development of the affiliate, managing collaborations, planning and supporting events at DCW, offering universal support, compiling reports and efficiently manage Meta-Wiki and essential pages for optimal organizational performance. Previously, I also led the Conversation Hour, its development and moderation, which has now been passed onto a different role "DCW Conversation Hour Lead".

Main Proposal

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

DCW April 2024 - September 2024 Strategic Activity Plan

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

2024-04-01 - 2024-09-30

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) Thematic, relevant to the vision and themes supported by Deoband Community Wikimedia

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)

In the April-September 2024 term, our major challenge revolves around capacity development. This is pivotal in navigating our long-term vision to address representation gaps in global Muslim academia, scholarship, history, and culture within Wikimedia projects. Additionally, we aim to provide strategic direction to fellow affiliates within the movement.

We have implemented several initiatives, such as organizing a monthly open conversation hour, designed for the strategic development of our organization and assisting other developing affiliates in establishing their foundations. Moreover, we have initiated collaborative projects like "Deoband Yoruba Collaborative Project" and "DCW-K Editathon", and most recently launched "Wiki Loves Muslim Academia", the first edition of which focuses on Indic-language wikis. Our contributions also extend to assisting in the future growth and development of the "Wiki Club Jamia" at Jamia Millia Islamia.

We have introduced Heritage Lens to facilitate the documentation of Muslim heritage on Wikimedia Commons, placing a strong emphasis on training our members in copyright and other ethical considerations. Looking ahead to the April-September 2024 term, we are gearing up for approximately ten offline and in-person training sessions focused on capacity development. These sessions will not only contribute to our organizational growth but also facilitate the establishment of additional clubs and the creation of well-established Wikimedians.

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.

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.

The roles associated are explained at Deoband Community Wikimedia/Roles.

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)

The target participants are students and academicians from Muslim minority institutions and madrasas. This notably includes the volunteers at Wiki Club Jamia which we helped establish on 29 October 2023 as a part of our leadership development program. Our agenda involves helping a few more Wiki Clubs and actively involving students in a range of free knowledge activities.

We plan on engaging the participants through our monthly conversation hours, productive activities such as training workshops and edit-a-thons. Maintaining follow up communication using our our mailing list, while also fostering a sense of community through platforms such as Telegram groups. DCW effectively utilizes social media to stay connected with its members, consistently reaching out to attract new individuals into our community.

We firmly believe that appreciation is the key to nurturing a thriving and expanding community. We value and cherish our community, recognizing the incredible dedication of our volunteers. As a token of our appreciation, we have curated a range of merchandise that serves as another form of recognizing and honoring our dedicated volunteers

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.

The program and its ideas have been discussed in the last DCW Progress Prism meeting, and in our internal communication channels such as WhatsApp. Furthermore, our semi-annual activity plan has also been discussed with the DCW members and volunteers internally through meetings and discussions.

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)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

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


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

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

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

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

Learning and metrics

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

We hope to gain insights about diversity of content and information pertaining to DCW's theme. This will be achieved through the active involvement of passionate young volunteers and students. Our focus is on discovering ways to enhance our support for them, enabling the continuation of their efforts in advancing Wikimedia's goals. We also aspire to contribute to the documentation of knowledge related to global Muslim academia.

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 40
Number of editors 30
Number of organizers 10
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 200
Wikimedia Commons 150
Wikidata 50
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikiquote 80
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

Our core objective centers around capacity development, with a goal to train approximately 30 Wikimedians, encompassing both returnees and new editors, through our initiatives. These individuals will engage in activities such as writing, improvements, patrolling, combating vandalism, ultimately empowering them to articulate their perspectives via our monthly DCW Conversation Hour.

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


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
International Collaboration International collaboration for Heritage Lens 1
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)

We usually use Event Metrics and Fountain. We plan to use Outreach Dashboard as well.

Financial proposal

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

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

388000 INR

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.

4670.78 USD

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