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Wiki Loves Africa 2023 in Burundi
proposed start date2013-02-01
proposed end date2023-08-31
grant start date2023-02-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2023-08-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)8019333 BIF
budget (USD)3935 USD
amount recommended (USD)3000
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Gilbert Ndihokubwayo
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

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Gilbert Ndihokubwayo

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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: Wikimedia User Group Burundi Esperanto kaj Libera Scio

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Africa 2023 in Burundi

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 want to contribute to the international campaign Wiki Loves Africa with photos related to the theme of the year 2023 "Climate and Weather". Photos related to the theme from Burundi will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. This competition will also help to retain our members for the photographic contributions on Wikimedia Commons and also to recruit new members to the competition as well as to our community.

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

We will use adoptive reflection on the importance of Wiki Loves Africa through the creation of content on social networks with information based on Wikimedia projects to promote the visibility of the movement and the campaign, and communicate the information to Burundi professional photographers.

We will also use our internal mailing list, our Whatsapp group and Telegram, and also our metapage to communicate and let relevant Wikimedian know about this campaign.

We will then organize information and training sessions to interested in order to show them the feasibility of the campaign, how to take photos, what kind of photos to shoot, how to upload photos, how to use photos on Wikimedia projects.

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

In order to achieve the approaches, we will be developing activities as following: The visibility promotion to encourage the participation and the importance of the campaign; Informational and training sessions to interested participants; Organize photo shooting walks; Upload of photos to Wikimedia commons; Organize Wikipedia editathons on how to contribute photos on Wikipedia articles. After the campaign, we will document the contributions done by the participants and then make and submit the project report to the Wikimedia Foundation.

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.

Wiki Loves Africa

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

Gilbert Ndihokubwayo: Project lead, will lead the overall project development and implementation activities, facilitate access to the areas targeted by this project, ensuring compliance to the grant commitments and reporting to the Project on progress and status of campaign.

Ferdinand Irankunda: Co-organizer, in charge of partnership. His role is to mobilize people around the project, co-train interested in participating to the campaign.

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, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

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.

The work will help to have the photos from Burundi related to the theme of the 2023 campaign.

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, Climate Change and sustainability

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

Geographic , 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?

The contest is open to everyone. There is no exception. Anyone, Burundians or not, actual wikimedian or not, having photos from Burundi related to the contest's theme will be welcome to participate. We will encourage professional photographers to participate in the contest with the purpose to have photos of quality. Before and during the activities, we will engage the participants through the communication, organization of meetings. In order to follow up the participants after the activities, we will create a communication channel with the participants in order to keep contact with them.

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

We will contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants accordingly to the WMF’s universal code of conduct policy that will be briefed to 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.

We will use information posters to advertise and call for new volunteers; we will use social media and internal communication channels to advertise the event. Offline Discussions and Meetings with existing Burundi wikimedians. These will help to mobilize participants.

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?
There are no other Rapid Fund proposals in my local group that are being submitted that align with my proposed project?
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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

1. Were the photos related to the theme from Burundi uploaded on Commons?

2. Were the photos uploaded of good quality?
3. Are the photos useful for Wikimedia projects in general, and for Wikipedia particularly?
4. Was the contest useful to recruit new members for our community?
5. How many photos were uploaded to Common from the campaign?
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 participants The number of all members who will participate in contest 30
Number of new contributers The number of recruited people to participate in the contest 10
Uploaded photos Numbers of photos related to the contest's theme uploaded to Commons 350
Targeted projects Wikimedia projects targeted within the contest: Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia N/A
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants The contest participants, actual wikimedians and new recruited contributors to Wikimedia projects. 32
Number of editors 30
Number of organizers 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.

Outreach Dashboard and toolforge tools will be used to track the metrics

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

8019333 BIF

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

3935 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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  • 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).