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Wiki Loves Folklore 2023 in Pakistan
proposed start date2023-03-21
proposed end date2024-04-30
grant start date2023-07-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-04-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)691257 PKR
budget (USD)3000 USD
amount recommended (USD)2409
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• JogiAsad
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.

I've discussed with the members of Sindhi Wikipedia community and they've showed their interest to work as a team members for this event proposal. These are their usernames JogiAsad , Project lead مومن خان ڏاهري, Partnership Aziz Kingrani, Support مھتاب احمد سنڌي, Support Arif80s, Support



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.

I'm the founding member of Sindhi Wikimedians user group. Besides this I'm also member of Wikipedia Asian Month, Wikipedia Library and some other Wikimedia user groups.

Grant Proposal[edit]

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

Wiki Loves Folklore 2023 in Pakistan

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.

Pakistan has a very rich cultural heritage, but the amount of freely licensed photos of listed cultural heritage in Pakistan on commons is still low, so I want to bring the change in Pakistan that will eventually lead people to be aware about Wikipedia and it's sister projects, especially WikiLoves Folklore. I'll train and encourage people to participate in Wikiloves Folklore to document their culture heritage on Wiki commons.

The main problems or challenges, which I would like to solve is to help and guide people by providing them awareness and training to make them enable to and encouraging them to participate in Wikipedia and it's sister projects. There is a lot of need to encourage people by providing them awareness about Wikipedia and it's sister projects because a very few people from Pakistan contribute to Wikipedia and it's sister projects. By this proposal and by this strategy I would like to share my knowledge and skills with my fellow Wikimedians and other people to bring them to Wikimedia movement cause and by encouraging them to participate in the movement of free knowledge platform like Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons to document their rich cultural heritage on Wiki Commons.

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

This proposal is important, because I intends to bring the wider change in Pakistan related to Wikipedia and it's sister projects. If this proposal is implemented, I hope and I'm sure that people in Pakistan will be positively affected by this proposal, and training, awareness provided them through this proposal by me and my team members. Recruit newcomers : We will try to do the event in Hyderabad in order to target new communities, because Hyderabad, Sindh has become the hub of diverse culture of Pakistan and almost all people living in Sindh or Pakistan are living in this city. The in-person event will take place in Hyderabad a rich cultural city whose inhabitants are very attached to their traditions and are glad to share it to the world. in addition to that offering prizes will encourage photographers to participate. This approach proved its efficiency in the previous contests. Trainings / Editathons: I will carry out series of trainings and editathons on how to make good picures and how to upload them on Commons. Building the capacity of the community members: it is important to acquaint the participants with the policy and interface of the wikimedia projects, an experienced wikimedian will lead the training of the photographers.

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

Before the next Wikiloves Folklore international event, we will be making awareness through social media and in February 2024 with the objective to protect the intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan, we will promote the event via Print and electronic media and social media focusing on topics of folklores and folk culture in Pakistan, in which folk dance, traditional cuisines, clothing, music, games and sports, seasonal events, calendar customs will be focused and people will be encouraged to participate in the contest to upload media (pictures, videos, audio files) to Wikimedia commons and win prizes. The in-person event will take place in Hyderabad: A photowalk in Sindh museum will be organised as well as an exposition of a set of traditional meals to be photographed by participants; In the afternoon a workshop to introduce photographers to wikimedia projects and wikicommons by providing them a training and awareness about the Wikipedia and its sister projects. Soon after the event: the jury (a panel of 3 people from mixed backgrounds) will judge photos in several rounds. after that a closing ceremony and an exhibition of the 10 best photos of the contest will be held in Hyderabad. There's a rich cultural heritage in Pakistan and a diverse culture of Pakistan and people celebrate their culture through various activities such as Sindhi culture and Sindhi cultural day and other cultures of Pakistan. I assume that if they're provided with this knowledge through this proposal they would like to contribute to Wikipedia and it's sister projects especially in Wikiloves Folklore and they'll come forward to contribute to sum of all human knowledge, free knowledge platform such as Wikipedia. People in Pakistan are really unaware of that and that's why I'm proposing this proposal to be implemented to bring the positive change in the masses. Pakistan has a great scope to come forward and to take the seat in the free knowledge platform Wikipedia.

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.

Art+Feminism, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos, Other (please specify)

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

We are team of volunteers : JogiAsad, Mehtab Ahmed and Aziz Kingrani

I've a team members needed to implement this proposal, for which I've been actively engaged in communication with the members of Sindhi Wikimedians community. Support team members are Aziz Kingrani, مھتاب احمد سنڌي Mehtab Ahmed Sindhi, Arif80s, Mir Momin Dahri. Their roles will be to provide help and support to implement this proposal and to organize the training sessions with new users, new editors, all these are volunteer Wikimedia editors of Sindhi Wikimedians community and one of them is our colleague from Urdu Wikipedia.

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.

Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance), 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 work is specifically addressing the content gap, bring new users, new editors to Wikipedia and it's sister projects including document the cultural heritage of Pakistan through WikiLoves Folklore on Wiki Commons, encouraging them to participate in the training sessions and encouraging them to contribute to WikiLoves Folklore. All of our activities, team, and investment is primarily focused on to achieve these objectives based on culture, highlighting the folk culture in the country.

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

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 target participants are photographers from Pakistan. The goal is to recruit new contributors and engage existing ones. Prizes are important for the Wiki Loves initiatives because this helps us to gain the trust of participants and continue to engage them in the future. I shall keep in close contact with the persons involved in this project through a WhatsApp group and other social media groups. Before and after the event I will collect feedback from volunteers, enquire if their expectations were met, survey their interests and gather every information I can about them. This contest is to re-introduce Wiki Loves Folklore project to existing and new contributors of wiki commons. Recruit and encourage professional and non profession photographers and engage them to continue contributing on Wikimedia Foundation projects. We'll engage participants before and after the activities by publishing event news in local print and electronic media of Pakistan, and provide them necessary awareness, skills, training and knowledge to engage them in the this program. We'll follow up with the participants after the activities by their contributions and the focus will be the contest for media uploads (Audio, short video and pictures) on the topic of folklore culture in Pakistan in the following disciplines : dance , traditional food and cuisine, religion , clothing , music , games , seasonal events , calendar customs , the list is not exclusive , this will have as an objective to protect Pakistan's intangible cultural heritage. We are seeking to address the gap in contributions by reaching underrepresented groups. We will organize also one edit-a-thon workshop as a hands on training in order to engage new editors recruited throughout the folklore project in Pakistan.

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

We are willing to apply and promote the Universal Code of Conduct throughout the process. We're actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for the participants by providing them training and to ensure that the participants experience success at their first meeting so the first experience is a positive one. Accept Learners as they are and respect their values even if they differ from ours.

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.

The participants will know about the contest via: Social media: Sindhi Wikipedia page and group on facebook and other social media platforms. Offline: We use word of mouth and posters will be printed and displayed in various places. I've discussed with the Sindhi Wikipedia community members about the planned activities and this proposal. We discussed through Twitter Space a session about Wikipedia in Pakistan, and through the WhatsApp Wikipedia community group. Here is link https://sd.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%DA%AA%D9%8A%D9%BE%D9%8A%DA%8A%D9%8A%D8%A7:%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86_%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85/%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86#WikiLoves_Folklore_2023_in_Pakistan

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.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, 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?

I do hope to learn from our work in this fund proposal. We wanted to learn how people respond and how they come forward to contribute towards their culture and other topics on Wikimedia and it's sister projects.

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 Number of participants 20-30 30
Number of photos uploads Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons 500 photos 500
Wikipedia pages translated 50 100
For Edit-a-thon Number of events : 1 workshop organized, meetup and training 2
For audio and video contests Number of participants : 20 30
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants Approx 5 returning participants and 10-20 new participants 50
Number of editors 10 20
Number of organizers Organizing team members, trainers , volunteers etc. all including 5 individuals 10
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia Translating Wikipedia pages related to WikiLoves Folklore 2023 theme to Sindhi, Urdu and English Wikipedia 100
Wikimedia Commons Targeted 500 photos to be uploaded on Wikimedia commons for WikiLoves Folklore 2023. 500
Wikidata Wikilinking to the photos and articles on Wikidata 100
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.

survey to evaluate participation. Programs & Events Dashboard

Financial Proposal[edit]

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

691257 PKR

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

3000 USD

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

Here is Budget Link , Let me know via email of you can view this budget link excel sheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/118UNNTI_ULulvLgqVgiUue4XdV6taxSBDpO4d0RD1As/edit?usp=sharing

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