Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Rights to information and community participation in environment protection and sustainable land use (ID: 22582625)

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Rights to information and community participation in environment protection and sustainable land use
proposed start date2024-06-01
proposed end date2024-07-08
budget (local currency)6143096 RWF
budget (USD)4891 USD
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Germain92
organization (if applicable)• N/A

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Main Proposal[edit]

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

Rights to information and community participation in environment protection and sustainable land use

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

2024-06-01 - 2024-07-08

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)


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 Rwanda land users are in permanent competition and conflicts mainly based on the high density (National land use master plan 2020-2050) [1] but also based on lack of proper information on their rights as stipulated in the law No 04/2013 related to access to information , it has become apparent that people are facing the problem of land and land use, where most of the disputes in the courts are based on land use, which is mainly due to ignorance of the laws governing land, not reading and not knowing the laws defenders Them. In this project we will focus on understanding land use laws with the help of legal experts and writing articles about land use, housing, wetlands, and forests,

To address this challenge, the following strategies would be adopted:

  * Build a community of knowledge experts to contribute to land use rights, laws, practices and conservation in Rwanda on 
        Wikimedia projects 
  *  Empower local participants' with knowledge for contributing land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation 
     content to Wikimedia projects.  
   * Create knowledge about land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation in English and Kinyarwanda 
   *  Build knowledge of participants and the public about Rwanda local plant and animal species on Wikidata in 
        Kinyarwanda language.
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 would organize the following activities in alignment with set strategies: Recruit environmental activists, legal experts, academics and Rwandan indigenes affected by land use policy to contribute to conversations and content creation activities on the topics. Local law experts would participate in sessions to help participants understand the policies and laws on land use in Rwanda, challenges and how to contribute to tackling those challenges through the campaign. Empower local participants' with knowledge for contributing land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation content to Wikimedia projects. Organize local physical and online training sessions for participants to learn how to contribute to land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation topics on English/Kinyarwanda Wikipedia and Wikivoyage. Contributors would also be mobilized to participate in the different global and regional training sessions organized by the campaign. Create knowledge about land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation in English and Kinyarwanda languages. Organize writing contests to engage new and old contributors to translate content related to land use rights, laws, practices, impacts and conservation on English Wikipedia to Kinyarwanda language. Add the local names for Rwanda plant and animal species on Wikidata. We would also engage participants on Wikivoyage to improve content relating to Rwanda locations where flooding and soil erosion due to land use practices are dominant. Build knowledge of participants and the public about Rwanda local plant and animal species on Wikidata in Kinyarwanda language. Organize Wikidata editing for participants to learn about Rwandan plants and animal species and their local names and awareness of the importance of building such local knowledge in Kinyarwanda language.

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.

Organizer: Germain Mutijima, Username Geramain92 , will be coordinate community engagement activities and monitor the project activities including logistics Co-organizer: and training facilitator Valentine Uwimpuhwe, Username UWIMPUHWE va , coordinate the training workshops and ensure the progress report is done timely will also be responsible for the social media outreach. advisors and training facilitators: Nyinawumuntu Jeannette Username RebeccaRwanda, Email:

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 new and experienced Wikimedians in Rwanda, particularly from the wikimedia user group Rwanda. , We would also target new participants including legal experts, environmental activists, academics and people from communities affected by land use policy in Rwanda. We would onboard new participants and other people participating in the campaign in the community local Whatsapp group that would serve as a central platform for receiving and communicating relevant campaign information

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


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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 3rd edition of WikiForHumanRights campaign in Rwanda has been a wake-up call for our community to start discussing the specific rights highlighted by invited experts, including the rights to information. We got to know that The Right to a healthy environment is both a legal right acknowledged by the UN, but also a way of connecting human rights and the triple planetary crisis we face, The community discussed how we can tackle other basic rights . as evidenced in this report: We informed and discussed strategies with leaders of Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda. We also informed the Anglophone Africa regional coordinator of our proposed local campaign activities. In addition, other Wikimedia communities outside of the Rwanda community were made aware of our upcoming event by adding the event to the campaign community event table on the meta page.

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)

Socioeconomic Status

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

Human Rights

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

Socioeconomic status

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[edit]

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

How can availability of land use rights information relating to Rwanda on Wikipedia and sister projects help the local population learn about the topics? What are the effective strategies for engaging the Rwandan people to contribute land use rights related information on Wikimedia projects? What level of knowledge on the topics can be improved through the campaign?

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 35 participants including 15 new recruits and 15 members of wikimedia user group Rwanda

2 are experts in land law, and the remaining 3 are executive committee members in the wikimedia user group Rwanda.

Number of editors 28 15 person are new recruits 13 are active volunteer on Wikimedia User Group Rwanda to support them how contribution on wikimedia projects especially on the ongoing compaig, the remaining 2 are the organizers.
Number of organizers 2 Organizer : Germain Mutijima, User name : Germain92

Co-organizer Valentine Uwimpuhwe, User name : UWIMPUHWE va

Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 50
Wikimedia Commons 60
Wikidata 20
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikivoyage 5
Wikifunctions or Abstract 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)

Event Registration Tool and Outreach Dashboard will be used to monitor contributions and participation

Financial proposal[edit]

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

6143096 RWF

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.

4891 USD

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