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How to contribute to Wikimedia in Zimbabwe
proposed start date2022-12-01
proposed end date2023-03-31
grant start date2022-12-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-03-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)1810 USD
budget (USD)1810 USD
amount recommended (USD)1810
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Sichelesile
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.

Wiki Zimbabwe Focus group Wikibrarians

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

How to contribute to Wikimedia in Zimbabwe

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 main objective is to empower and engage citizens of Zimbabwe to collect, develop and contribute educational and relevant content under a free license. Zimbabwe has a lot to offer on the wiki space but it has been so far not by the Zimbabweans hence the gap in the knowledge about Zimbabwe in the wikimedia. Hence the need to engage in global knowledge systems by encouraging access to, awareness of, and support for open knowledge, the open movement and the Wikimedia projects, working in collaboration with like-minded organizations. Using the Wiki loves women platform because of the gender gap as well that is evident in the content about women. We are also trying to bring about change by activating, training and supporting a self sustaining new generation of dedicated and pro active Wikipedian editors from across Zimbabwe that are able to generate new articles and subjects relevant to Zimbabwe by changing online behavior and offline attitudes to knowledge.

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

This initiative is related to the Wiki Loves Women project. Wiki Loves Women contributes towards the UN’s SDG 5 Gender Equity: achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Within the 2030 Wikimedia Strategy, the Wiki Loves Women project works towards resolving several recommendations, and in particular Invest in Skills and Leadership Development. One of the recurring initiatives of Wiki Loves Women is the #SheSaid drive.

Given the first two editions success and noting that there is still a lot to do, Zimbabweans were not exposed to the Wikimedia projects hence the need to start from the beginning so that they can later on engage in other projects using the skills they have learnt.

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

5 x training sessions Topics Including: . Introduction to Wikipedia, 5 pillars etc . editing on wiki . article writing . Wikiqoute . Wikimedia Commons . Wikimedia Incubetor , translation of articles 2 x edit-a-thorn 5 x online follow up sessions with participants

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.

1Lib1Ref, Wiki Loves Women

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

Key people for mentorship is User: Islahaddow and Florence Key communication support is User:Afek. Virtual Trainers: Facilitator: User:Tochie Facilitator: User:AKibombo Inhouse Trainers: Trainer: User:Sindiept Trainer: User:DeLilGwashoper Trainer: Morleen Bortman Trainer: User SiChelesile

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.

In Zimbabwe we have a new curriculum in our schools hence we realized the gap that information about us is very few and Wikipedia is the source of information we could easily add this content and fill the gap so that the knowledge is freely accessible.

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 , Open Technology

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

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities

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?

Zimbabwe Library Association, A Community of Librarians

Using the ZimLA social media platforms to connect with participants before and even after the activities. The hope is to have our own Zimbabwe User group

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

Using a big open library space observing all Covid19 regulations

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.

As a member of the Zimbabwe Library Association, i discussed the idea with the Committeee and gave me a go ahead to host such an event and they promised to use their editor in terms of planning and coodinating with the Librarians and interested members.

contributors from the previous sesssions are going to join us as they did not grasp the whole idea before.

Discussions take place in several telegram channels (some public, some access restricted). Public channels include : Wiki GenderGap, Wikiwomen, African wikimedians

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.

Zimbabwe Library Association they assist in mobilisation and communication to all participants before the events during and after.

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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

I expect to have learned many skills as leader of a gender gap initiative in the wikimedia network.

I expect to have extended my network.

I expect to have achieved recruitment, training and team building of new editors in my local area, and intend to follow-up as we build our own Usergroup in Zimbabwe

I expect new content to be created about women from my country.

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
Wikipedia Creation of new atticles 25
Wikiqoute New qoutes about Women (Wiki Loves Women) 25
Wikimedia Commons Addition of pictures/ videos 25
Wikimedia Incubetor New Atticles 25
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants New Participants: 15

Returning Participants 10

Number of editors New Editors: 15

Old Editors : 10

Number of organizers Trainers: 2

Cordinators: 3 outreach liason: 1 Advisors: 2

Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
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.

We will use: 1) dashboard to evaluate participation during edit-a-thons 2) list trained members with regards to training sessions 3) entries are listed on the project page. Entries are also identified with the #shesaid hashtag. Data is collected during the hashtag tool (if it works) or queries.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

1810 USD

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

1810 USD

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


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