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Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/IUCG and GIJ Editathon Series (ID: 22061066)

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IUCG and GIJ Editathon Series
proposed start date2023-02-01
proposed end date2023-08-31
budget (local currency) 
budget (USD)0 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionunknown region
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Elkay20
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Applicant Details[edit]

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Global Open Initiative LUCG Wikimedia Community

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

IUCG and GIJ Editathon Series

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.

We are proposing a series of events to teach participants how to create and improve Wikipedia and Wikidata articles and items respectively, with an emphasis on underrepresented communities and topics. This is significant because Wikipedia is a widely accessed source of information that impacts people's perception of the world, but existing content is tilted toward topics and communities that are already well-represented. Our activities seek to address the platform's lack of representation and diversity by giving training and assistance to new editors from underrepresented communities, with the goal of improving Wikipedia's and Wikidata's representation and diversity.

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

Our key strategy for implementing these changes is to organize a series of training events that will educate participants with the information and skills required to develop and edit Wikipedia and Wikidata articles. These sessions will be targeted to the needs of underrepresented groups and topics, with experienced Wikipedia editors and Wikidata contributors on hand to provide instruction and assistance.

Among our strategies for implementing these improvements are:

  • Recruiting participants from Pentecost University and Ghana Institute of Journalism and providing training, support, and mentoring.
  • Collaboration with LUCG Wikimedia Community and its leaders to increase awareness of the events and assist in facilitation, mentoring and support
  • Providing participants with a friendly and accepting environment in which they can learn and grow at their own speed.*
  • Providing participants with resources and information, such as templates and guidelines, to assist them in effectively creating and improving articles and items.
  • Following up with attendees after the event to offer support and encourage them to keep editing.

We believe these strategies will be effective because they are focused on best practices for community and capacity building in the context of Wikipedia and Wikidata. Furthermore, we believe that by providing training and assistance specific to the interests of underrepresented groups, we will be able to recruit and maintain a diverse group of editors who will be well-equipped to create and improve articles and items on these platforms. Additionally, the follow-up and mentorship will guarantee that the new editors are supported even after the training session, allowing them to contribute to the platform in the future.

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

We will develop and implement a number of activities as part of our approaches and strategies, including:

  1. Recruitment and outreach: We will collaborate with LUCG Wikimedia Community and its leaders to identify and recruit suitable training participants. This will entail designing and disseminating promotional materials such as flyers, brochures, and social media postings to create awareness of the events and encourage people to sign up.
  2. Training workshops: We will organize and conduct training workshops to equip participants with the information and skills required to create and improve Wikipedia and Wikidata articles. These courses will be targeted to the interests of underrepresented groups and themes, and will cover topics such as accessing Wikipedia and Wikidata, creating and editing articles and items, sourcing and citing information, and using templates and guidelines.
  1. Mentorship and support: Throughout the training process, we will give participants with mentoring and support. This will entail pairing participants with experienced editors who can provide assistance and answer questions, as well as providing participants with resources and materials, such as templates and guidelines, to assist them in efficiently creating and improving articles and items.
  1. Follow-up and community engagement: Following the event, we will contact participants to offer support and urge them to continue editing. This will entail forming a community of participants who can support and learn from one another, as well as organizing extra training and support sessions to assist participants in further strengthening their abilities.
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?

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

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
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants
Number of editors
Number of organizers
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.

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

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


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  • 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).