Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Dagbani Wikimedians Community/2023 Hackathon in Ghana (ID: 22115716)

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statusNot funded
Dagbani Wikimedians Community/2023 Hackathon in Ghana
proposed start date2023-05-01
proposed end date2023-05-31
budget (local currency)35500 GHS
budget (USD)2788.89 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Din-nani1
organization (if applicable)• Dagbani Wikimedians User Group

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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.

User:Shahadusadik User:Din-nani1


Dagbani Wikimedians User Group

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.

Yes, Dagbani Wikimedians User Group.

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Dagbani Wikimedians Community/2023 Hackathon in Ghana

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.

Facebook : LinkedIn : Twitter : Instagram : YouTube : Website :

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

Wikimedia tools are essential for Wikimedia editors, as they provide the necessary tools to create, edit, and collaborate on Wikimedia projects. They help editors communicate quickly and efficiently to create, edit, and share content. Wikimedia tools also provide editors with the ability to create content, such as text, images, audio, and video. Again, they give editors the opportunity to search for and access content, as well as to communicate with other editors. Additionally, Wikimedia tools help event organizers to track changes and collaborate with other editors on projects. An editor is deprived of all the above-explained benefits of Wikimedia tools if they lack knowledge of using these tools. Without appropriate knowledge and skill, editors are unable to efficiently use the tools available to them, leading to an increased workload and a more difficult editing process. This could lead to editors becoming discouraged and leaving the project altogether. Also, the lack of skill could lead to editors making mistakes while using the tools, which could result in data loss or other damage to the project. This could also have a negative impact on the reputation of the project and its contributors. Finally, the lack of skills in using Wikimedia tools could lead to editors producing sub-standard work, resulting in lower-quality content and fewer contributions to the project.

Participants will be trained on how to use AutoWikiBrowser(AWB), Quick Statement, Wikidata Listeria Bot, WikiShootMe tool and. Mix n Match tool. The project will contribute to the missions of various language communities by increasing the content of said communities and fostering collaboration between them.

These tools when used by participants would increase the number of articles in Dagbani, Gurene, Moore, Kusaal, and Dagaare Wikipedia, as well as auto-fix spelling errors in articles and create/improve Wikidata items. It would also save participants time to do other Wiki-related activities.

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

Workshops: Workshops are a great way to implement a project effectively. They provide a forum for participants to come together to discuss ideas and collaborate on the project. They also allow for the exchange of information, resources, and best practices to help develop a more comprehensive understanding of the project and its objectives.

Meetups: Meetups are similar to workshops in that they provide a forum for participants to come together to discuss ideas and collaborate on the project. However, meetups are typically more informal in nature and can provide more flexibility for participants to come and go as their schedules allow.

Editathon: An Editathon is a hackathon-style event that focuses on collaboration and rapid development. It provides an environment where participants can brainstorm, prototype, and iterate quickly in order to reach a desired outcome. This approach can be effective in developing projects by providing a platform for rapid experimentation.

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

We will organize a workshop to train participants on how to use the AutoWikiBrowser (AWB), Quick Statement, Wikidata Listeria Bot, WikiShootMe tool, and Mix n Match tool. The participants would come from the Dagbani Wikimedians Community, Moore, Gurene, Kusaal, and Dagaare communities.

There will be a hands-on session where participants will practice how to use the tools mentioned above, and a list of articles will be given for participants to work on in the form of an Editathon.

Technical experts would engage participants one-on-one to address issues that they may encounter in the main training session.

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?

Yes, we have an experienced team to lead this project. User:Shahadusadik: He is an experienced Wikimedian and would provide general support User:Din-nani1: He would manage the project User:Dnshitobu: He is an experienced Wikimedian and well-versed in using Wikimedia tools. He would lead the training sessions. User:Ruky Wumpini: She is in charge of logistics User:Sir Amugi: He is the communications manager and would be in charge of communications User:Dheejah: She would provide general IT support. User:Achiri Bitamsimli: Co- trainer User:Alhaj Darajaat: Co- trainer

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, 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.

Our programs are focused on preserving the 16 Mabia languages on Wikipedia and the internet at large. We do this by establishing language communities to contribute to Wikipedia. Through our partnership with colleges that train teachers in Ghana, we are able to get more language students and teachers to join Wikipedia communities in their native language.

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, Advocacy, Open Technology, Diversity

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

Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, 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?

Participants from the Dagbani Wikimedians Community, Moore, Gurene, Kusaal, and Dagaare communities are the target participants for this event. We would execute this project collaboratively with our sister language communities.

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

As a Wikimedia Affiliate User Group, we have created a "friendly space" policy for our community. Please find the link here Again, we have created a simple reporting process for the community to report any form of misconduct, violation, abuse, or breach of community policy. During our online and offline events, we always share our friendly space policy and community participation guidelines.

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.

Yes, This project will be implemented by the Dagbani Wikimedia group in collaboration with the Gurene, Moore, Dagaare, and Kusaal Wikimedia communities.

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, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

We are hoping to gain answers to the following questions upon completion of the project:

What is the level of participant knowledge about Wikimedia tools? Are they familiar with the tools' usage? Do they use these tools when contributing to Wikimedia projects? What are their thoughts on using the tools to contribute to Wikimedia projects? Have they been able to contribute to Wikimedia projects using the tools after being trained on how to use them?

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 We will have a total number of 2 physical events 2
Number of Newly Recruited Wikimedians This represents the number of volunteers that will be recruited for this event. 5
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants This represents the number of returning editors and newly recruited. 50
Number of editors This project is a collaborative project for Dagani Wikimedians Community, Moore, Kusaal, Gurene and Dagaare Communities. 50
Number of organizers This comprise of team members that are directly involved in executing this project.
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Total number of articles to be created/improved. 50
Wikidata Total number of items to be created/improved 50
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 will be used to track the contributions of participants.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

35500 GHS

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

2788.89 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.


Endorsements and Feedback[edit]

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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).