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SAPG 2022 Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda
start date2022-01-012022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2022-12-312022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)194100000 UGX
budget (USD)54052 USD
amount recommended (USD)45697
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalDouglaseru Erinamukuta
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda Ltd.
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):




Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda Ltd.

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?


M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.


Additional information[edit]

R. Where will this proposal be implemented?


S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)


Meta Facebook: Blog: Instagram:

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

Our mission is to promote and create awareness of free and open access to knowledge in Uganda.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

In Uganda today there is limited curated, freely accessible and reusable content on notable persons, customs, norms , heritage, institutions, languages, environment and settlements. There is also a gender digital divide in terms of participants and online content created.

In 2021, Wikimedia community User group Uganda executed projects that targeted community growth through increasing the number of editors, diversifying content and contributors and accessibility. This involved different language communities i.e English and Luganda, which has seen an increase in the number of editors of local language wikipedia and better quality articles. Using partnerships during the International Women’s day in March, wikigap has led to a creation of improved articles about prominent women in Uganda and higher female participation. 

What has led to the success of the wikigap campaign has been the consistency of the event every year.

The documentation of heritage, nature, and other topics through photographic competitions has led to an increase in awareness of open knowledge and platforms. It has a low level barrier of participation and high level of excitement which brings in new editors.

Through the diversity program we have targeted marginalised groups e.g refugees, human rights groups, and local amatuer sports activities in association football. This has led to awareness of Wikimedia projects, and consequential development of wikimedia communities across the country as well as partnerships outside Uganda, for example in south sudan.

Wikimedia user group Uganda will be starting the process of developing a strategic plan in the year 2022. Which will also lead to the development of organisation policies.

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

Diversity and Content Generation This will focus on identifying and filling content gaps that exist within online content about Uganda. Through yearly events organised with specific themes.These programs will increase content on Wikimedia projects eg. wikipedia, wikidata, commons and wikisource. Through the identification of repeat editors , we will recruit them into the community and focus on the needs of these editors and how to improve their future edits.

2.Wiki for Human Rights

This is a month-long event focused on the creation of content about human rights activists, events and policies.

3.Wiki for refugees

This will entail workshops and photographic documentation in the refugee camps.

4.Wiki soccerthons

This will involve promotion of Wikimedia projects with a diverse group of volunteers involved in association football, having made an outreach in 2021, the focus will be around content generation in 2022 through editathons, and photo competitions. Education The Education Program focuses on the use of open education resources i.e luganda wikipedia in the education sector. This will be through workshops that would involve training the trainer. Where we focus on passing skills to educators who in turn can train others.This will be done as follows; Training the trainer Translator thon competitions School and university outreach GLAM Recruitment and local support for local librarians to participate in the 2 learning cohorts of the continental Wikipedia in African Libraries Project 1Lib1Ref campaign (bi-annually) Community outreach and Introductory sessions for various GLAM institutions through their collective associations eg ULIA (Uganda Libraries Association),UgCLIA (Uganda Community Libraries Association), CUUL (Consortium of Uganda University Libraries) Introduction and edit-a-thons for Wikimedia Projects particularly WikiData, Wikipedia and Commons Photographic Competition Three photographic competitions will be carried out i.e WLA, WLM and WLE. These will involve Photo Walks, Wikicamps, Upload sessions and edit-a-thons

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

The main objective is to increase the number and diversity of contributors on the wikimedia projects which in turn will lead to the increased content, images and videos about Uganda. This will be achieved through collaboration and creating awareness.


700 images 100 reused Images 200 New editors or contributors 500 content pages

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

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

1. Erina Mukuta (username :Erinamukuta) Erina is the program lead for the education program which entails Project Management Training Event coordinator Reporting Erina is also incharge of administration work related to grant application , monitoring and financial reporting

2. Katerrega Geoffrey(Username:Kateregga1 )

Geoffrey is part of the diversity and content creation team . He is a lead for wikiGAp, Wiki for Refugees and wiki loves monuments. In these events, he assumes the same roles as Project Management Training Event coordinator Reporting

Geoffrey is the communication lead for the user group in charge of emails and social media channels

3. Alice Kibombo (User: Akibombo)

Alice is the GLAM program lead which also entails roles such as; Project Management Training Event coordinator Reporting

4. Sandra Aceng(User: Sandra Aceng )

Sandra leads the wiki for human events but is also a support to diversity and content generation programs.

5. Douglas Sebagala(User: Douglaseru)

Douglas is part of the diversity and content creation team as a lead for the wikisoccerthon program. The roles entailed are also Project Management Training Event coordinator Reporting

He also carries out administrative work in regards to partnerships grant application and monitoring

6. Accounting

This is outsourced to a company

7. Legal

This is outsourced


If we hired an administrator , they would be incharge of email communications, reporting, and accounting support.

8. 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, Age (regency) , Geography, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. 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 , Human Rights, Open Technology, Diversity

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Geographic , Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status, Age, Digital Access

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

Geographic  : we shall be working with contributors across the whole country. Through programs under diversity and content generation, GlAM and photographic competitions. The events will take part in the different regions in Uganda i.e North, West, east and central Uganda. Emphasis will be on encouraging female participation. Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background  : Uganda is a multi cultural country with over 56 tribes. We encourage participation across all cultures but don't single out particular cultures as we have great challenges politically. Linguistic / Language  : We target English and Luganda Speakers. The national Language of Uganda is English and Luganda is a predominant business language. Currently , luganda is the only Ugandan language with a wikipedia project and as such becomes our focus of improvement. Socioeconomic status  : We work with Young volunteers who are either in university or fresh graduates. We groom them to be leaders in the community and contributors. This gives them purpose as they navigate their personal growth and development. Age  : Our main age group are the youth as they have more capacity to volunteer their time and learn. Our events are open to all age groups and encourage participation from all but we see higher participation from the youth . Digital Access  : Participants are required to have a laptop or access to one for participation

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

This policy will be shared with the community both offline and online engagements. The group will allocate a trust and safety desk to follow up.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

This Proposal is shared on the user group discussion page( and links will be shared through our community social media lines We held Annual General Meeting where we invited community representatives to hear about the annual plan. The usergroup Meta Page will be used to document activities Share on social media - twitter, facebook, telegram East African Wikimedians will be engaged as well through meta and social channels

14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

we plan to partner with swedish embasy to carry out wikigap. They will cover event costs

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

In most programs we do , we try to have external partners in implementation which entails a program that is beyond the user group. Mainly our focus is continued exposure of volunteer community and ensuring continued participation which has led to allround volunteers involved in all projects of the organisation and as such give continuity of programs beyond individuals.

We also ensure mentorship of volunteers , one could look at it as training future leaders. Then again this ensures programs are not individual or organization based and as such can go beyond those entities.

16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.

n/a (note from GA: this is a new/modified question added after this application was granted)

17. 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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

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

How many people edited beyond an event ? Which events recruited long term volunteers? What style of training had a higher retention of volunteers?

20. 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 space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A 10
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A 3
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A 2
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants GLAM 50


Number of editors GLAM - New editors 10 old editors 5

EDUCATION -New editors 10 old editors 5 DIVERSITY AND CONTENT -New editors 20 old editors 10

Number of organizers GLAM - 2


Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia GLAM - 50


Wikimedia Commons wla 200

wlm 200 wle 2000

Wikidata N/A 100

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

Surveys Dashboard Google analytics

Financial Proposal[edit]

23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

194100000 UGX

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

54052 USD

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

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message[edit]

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.