Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda Support Grant 2022/2023

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start date2022-07-012022-07-01T00:00:00Z
end date2023-06-302023-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)137030000 RWF
amount requested (USD)133695.85 USD
amount recommended (USD)30000
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionMEA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 2
applicant and people related to proposalNdahiro Derrick(Username: Ndahiro derrick), Program Coordinator,

Bahire Boris(Username: Mrbobax), Deputy Program Coordinator

Rebeccah Nyinawumuntu(Username: RebeccaRwanda), Responsible for the Community Outreach & Partnerships.

Clementine Nyirahabihirwe(Username:Cnyirahabihirwe123), General secretary and finance director

Uwayezu Protais(Mr.TallBoy),internee
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details[edit]

Wikimedia username(s):

Ndahiro Derrick(Username: Ndahiro derrick), Program Coordinator,

Bahire Boris(Username: Mrbobax), Deputy Program Coordinator

Rebeccah Nyinawumuntu(Username: RebeccaRwanda), Responsible for the Community Outreach & Partnerships.

Clementine Nyirahabihirwe(Username:Cnyirahabihirwe123), General secretary and finance director

Uwayezu Protais(Mr.TallBoy),internee


Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda

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?

Swedish Embassy in Kigali

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)

Facebook: WikiRwanda

Twitter: @WikiRwanda Instagram: WikiRwanda Meta page: Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda

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?

To improve articles on Wikimedia Foundation project websites and promote free and open access to knowledge locally in Kinyarwanda, French & English and investing in projects that sensitize and train different communities in Rwanda about Wikipedia with much emphasis on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia.

From our experience with 15 funded rapid grants, this proposal tries to help bridge the content gap, recruit/empower more volunteers and share free knowledge in the Kinyarwanda language to enable easy access for people who would otherwise not be able to on a normal day. In Rwanda 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, Therefore with this proposal, we hope to address these Challenges. Limited awareness, The Wikimedia community User group Rwanda, had its first project implementation in 2020, and since then we have recruited a promising number of volunteers and several contributions in terms of edits and media have been made but there is a need to reach out to more editors with diverse experiences.

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

Some of the changes we are intended to bring include but are not limited to :

Awareness and involvement: for the community in Rwanda to know the essence of open knowledge and get involved.

Inclusion: our community is not yet representative of local diversity, For instance, the young people, people living outside the capital and women are not fully involved like their counterparts.

Decolonising the internet: In order to achieve equity in knowledge, it is necessary to work on incorporating knowledge that has historically been excluded and knowledge that is generated in non-hegemonic and usually underrepresented spaces. Training: Identifying and incorporating new knowledge implies broadening the range of actors in the Wikimedia movement, The User Group in Rwanda intends to provide a learning platform.

How current work related to this and learning from past proposals: Through programmes to: Promote, foster and position Wikimedia projects as reference spaces, socially relevant and representative of the knowledge.

Develop skills, transfer knowledge and equitably distribute resources to develop safe, inclusive and sustainable learning communities . Promote innovative ways of learning, participating and belonging to the Wikimedia movement. At the organisational level: To consolidate the work team and strengthen financial sustainability in order to grow steadily and increase the impact of our actions. Align planning to the 2030 strategy and participate in its implementation at a global level.

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


We intend to organise various photographic contests, These will help us recruit more people who contribute to the User group’s mission Since 2020, Despite the global pandemic due to COVID-19, we managed to organize, train and carry out 8 photographic contests in which 2027 photos were added by 200 contributors.WLA 2020 , wla 2021,Wle 2020,Wle 2021,Wlm 2020, wlm 2021 & WLF 2021.

In 2022-23, we would like to organize similar contests and use learned lessons from the previous plans and implementation to increase the participation, contribution and promote usage of uploaded photos. We will prepare pre-competition training sessions, and define roles for volunteers to understand the Wikimedia community, and basic usage of Wikimedia projects, before the official start of photographic competitions. We intend to work with one of the previous volunteers to take a leading or assistance role so that they can lead such projects in the future. We will document project activities, keep in touch with international photographic contest organizers, and the Wikimedia community through available public channels. Wiki Loves Earth 2022 Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 Wiki Loves Africa 2023 Wiki loves Folklore 2023

Diversity and content Creation This will focus on identifying and filling content gaps that exist within online content. Throughout the annual events with specific themes. These programs will increase content on Wikimedia projects eg. Wikipedia(Eng. Kiny,fr), wiki data and Wiki Commons. By identifying existing editors, we will recruit them into the community and focus on the needs of these editors and how to improve their future edits for community sustainability purposes. The following projects will be implemented :

1. Wiki In Africa Challenge 2022 2. Afrocine 2022 3. WPWPW campaign 2022 4. Wiki Loves sports 2022 5. Kinyarwanda Wikipedia Destubathon 2022
6.Wiki4Highschool writing contest 2022 7. WIKIGAP 2023 8.Wiki4HumanRights 2023 9. Wikipedia @22 celebrations

For detailed information about these proposed projects, this link will be helpful .

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

Wiki Loves Earth 2022.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2022. Wiki Loves folklore 2023. Wiki Loves Africa 2023 Wiki In Africa Challenge 2022 Afrocine 2022 WPWPW campaign 2022 Wiki Loves sports 2022 Kinyarwanda Wikipedia Destubathon 2022 Wiki4Highschool writing contest 2022 WIKIGAP 2023 Wiki4HumanRights 2023

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?

Ndahiro Derrick, Program Coordinator, Responsible for the overall project implementation, evaluation and reporting.

Bahire Boris, Deputy Program Coordinator Rebeccah Nyinawumuntu, Responsible for the Community Outreach & Partnerships.

Clementine Nyirahabihirwe, General secretary and finance director 

Uwayezu Protais, Internee: Responsible for logistics and Volunteer retention

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

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.

We intend to implement projects that will be specifically be targeting women such as Wikigap,Wiki Loves Women,

We shall have Wiki4highschool which will target high students from different parts of Rwanda as opposed to previous projects that only were hosted in Kigali. We also have specific projects that will be targeting Kinyarwanda such as Kinyarwnda Wikipedia,Wiki In Challenge.

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, Advocacy, Human Rights

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.


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

We intend to use mass media to reach out to non-wikimedians , such as radios, Tv and social media, and to retain participants we shall have a mailing list and add them to our WhatsApp and Facebook groups and through the sage of fone and SMS to reach out to them .

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?

To create safer spaces for all participants, we shall be elaborating more about the Friendly space policy by the WMF and the local policies such as the anti-sexual harassment policy

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.

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.

Yes, we look forward to partnering with the following; Institute of National museums, Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs Rwanda, Universities, Embassy of Sweden in Kigali, National Union of Disabilities’ Organizations of Rwanda, Sports Federations.

Our motivation; We have partnered with some of the above-mentioned and the partnership led to promising outcomes such as meeting the project outcomes, increase in the number of volunteers and access to information , We intend to maintain partnership and initiate more.

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

From the learning points from our previous 17 rapid grants, We’ve managed to sustain progress in terms of volunteer turnup, the number of contributions and bridging the gap in terms of content, however, some factors (such as insufficient funds, limited awareness) limited the outcomes and all our operations were hosted in Kigali hence limited geographical representation.

With this proposal and increased funds, We hope to reach out to more volunteers, increase the contributions through innovation and reach out to people from other places other than Kigali.

We shall carry out project analysis to find the impacts created using available metrics counting tools, challenges faced and how best to address them.

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.

Funds mismanagement, to mitigate this we shall be having audits done by an external firm.

Governance changes , We shall general assembly to allow members suggest for the changes and we shall be seeking guidance from the Community Research TEAM .

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, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Ensure Equity in Decision-making

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?

Possible outcome; Increased awareness: Communities will be more aware of the value of open knowledge and the use of Wikimedia and will be interested in continuing to connect and share this awareness with others.

Learning questions: How have Rwandan people's(Women, men and young people ) perspectives about Wikipedia changed after participating in our User Group activities? If you are working with several diverse groups you may want to disaggregate for each. Are more women and young people using Wikimedia projects/open knowledge projects differently in their daily life, if so how or why didn't they? Do they share this with others, if so how or why not?

Community members will transform from consumers of knowledge to contributors to Wikimedia. learning questions: What sparked their interest to join the movement? what needs to be done.

expected outcome: New/existing editors will be having the skills and motivation necessary to continue contributing to Wikimedia projects

Learning questions: What of our new approaches helped them and which ones didn't work ..

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 N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A N/A
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 1. Wiki Loves Earth 2022 2. Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 3. Wiki Loves folklore 2023 4. Wiki Loves Africa 2023 200
Number of editors 1. Wiki In Africa Challenge 2022 2. Afrocine 2022 3. WPWPW campaign 2022 4. Wiki Loves sports 2022 5. Kinyarwanda Wikipedia Destubathon 2022
6.Wiki4Highschool writing contest 2022 7. WIKIGAP 2023 8.Wiki4HumanRights 2023 9. Wikipedia @22 celebrations
Number of organizers N/A 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia 1. Wiki In Africa Challenge 2022
2. Afrocine 2022                                                                                                                              3. WPWPW campaign 2022                                                                                               4. Wiki Loves sports 2022                                                                                                                                                                    5. Kinyarwanda Wikipedia Destubathon 2022
6.Wiki4Highschool writting contest 2022
7.WIKIGAP 2023
8.Wiki4HumanRights 2023 9. Wikipedia @22 celebrations
Wikimedia Commons .Wiki Loves Earth 2022.

.Wiki Loves Monuments 2022. .Wiki Loves folklore 2023. .Wiki Loves Africa 2023


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?

We shall use different tools to measure metrics as follows:

For the photographic contests: .Wiki Loves Competitions Tools: to track Categories on Commons to produce various statistical data sets As it has been done for previous contests.

For Content generation projects, we shall use the following tools:

.Programs & Events Dashboard to easily track volunteer editors' contributions and these will help in evaluating the project goals.

.Wikimedia Hashtags tool: We shall use these for contests like the WPWP campaign,

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.

137030000 RWF

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

133695.85 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.

for detailed information about the planned strategies, we prepared a document that has hyperlinks :

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]

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