Grants:Project/Free Knowledge Africa/Final

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final report


Report accepted
This report for a Project Grant approved in FY 2020-21 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • To read the approved grant submission describing the plan for this project, please visit Grants:Project/Free Knowledge Africa.
  • You may still review or add to the discussion about this report on its talk page.
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Welcome to this project's final report! This report shares the outcomes, impact and learnings from the grantee's project.

Part 1: The Project[edit]

Summary[edit]

The project promoted travel information and tourism in Nigeria by improving existing and creating new articles about cities, villages, geographical areas/regions, churches, monasteries, buildings, and schools on the English Wikivoyage and Wikipedia.

Project Goals[edit]

  • To promote the use and contributions to Wikivoyage and Wikipedia by Nigerians. Created content (blog posts, animations, social media posts) about the uniqueness of Wikivoyage and reached a wider audience through social media promotions. Created a website/landing page that will be easily relatable (better user experience) and understandable to newcomers.
  • To create new and improve existing Wikipedia and Wikivoyage articles on African travel, geographic information, sports, cultural and tourist sites. Organized an online orientation, onboarding and training program for participants who choose to participate in the campaign. Generated a list of articles that need to be created and improved. Organized a contest to increase excitement and momentum.
  • To partner with organizations and bodies involved in African culture, travel and tourism towards showcasing, generating and promoting free knowledge about African culture, travel and tourism.

Project Impact[edit]

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Targets[edit]

  1. In the first column of the table below, please copy and paste the measures you selected to help you evaluate your project's success (see the Project Impact section of your proposal). Please use one row for each measure. If you set a numeric target for the measure, please include the number.
  2. In the second column, describe your project's actual results. If you set a numeric target for the measure, please report numerically in this column. Otherwise, write a brief sentence summarizing your output or outcome for this measure.
  3. In the third column, you have the option to provide further explanation as needed. You may also add additional explanation below this table.
Planned measure of success
(include numeric target, if applicable)
Actual result Explanation
Engage and bring onboard at least 100 newbies to Wikimedia projects. 101 participants registered for our online training sessions and contest.
Train at least 60 professionals within the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. Successfully trained travel and tourism professionals about Wikivoyage
Create at least 300 articles on topics about Nigerian towns, cities, tourist sites, heritage sites etc. 428 articles created and improved.
Upload at least 200 photos to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia/Wikivoyage articles about tourism, travel, settlements, heritage sites etc. 605 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, 174 used in Wikipedia and Wikivoyage articles


Story[edit]

Looking back over your whole project, what did you achieve? Tell us the story of your achievements, your results, your outcomes. Focus on inspiring moments, tough challenges, interesting anecdotes or anything that highlights the outcomes of your project. Imagine that you are sharing with a friend about the achievements that matter most to you in your project.

  • This should not be a list of what you did. You will be asked to provide that later in the Methods and Activities section.
  • Consider your original goals as you write your project's story, but don't let them limit you. Your project may have important outcomes you weren't expecting. Please focus on the impact that you believe matters most.

The project has been a great success, we were successfully able to raise awareness about the existence of Wikivoyage as a travel guide to travel and tour operators. We have been able to bridge a huge gap about Nigerian destinations on Wikipedia and Wikivoyage. We have been able to achieve our overall goal of reducing the knowledge gap of travel information available on the English Wikivoyage for Nigerian destinations (States, Cities and Towns) and highlighting the tourism potential in the various destinations and position the English Wikivoyage as a reliable travel advisory for traveling in Nigeria.

Survey(s)[edit]

If you used surveys to evaluate the success of your project, please provide a link(s) in this section, then briefly summarize your survey results in your own words. Include three interesting outputs or outcomes that the survey revealed.

Other[edit]

Is there another way you would prefer to communicate the actual results of your project, as you understand them? You can do that here!

Methods and activities[edit]

Please provide a list of the main methods and activities through which you completed your project.

  • We have raised awareness about Wikivoyage as a travel advisory in Nigeria through content (blog posts, animations, social media posts) about the uniqueness of Wikivoyage and reach a wider audience through social media promotions.
  • We have partnered with organizations and bodies involved in Nigerian culture, travel and tourism towards showcasing, generating and promoting free knowledge about culture, travel and tourism.
  • We have generated a list of articles that needs to be created and improved on Wikivoyage.
  • We have recorded and edited videos for continuous learning about Wikivoyage.
  • We have organized webinars on the intersections of Wikivoyage and local/international tourism.
  • We have organized a writing and photography contests on bridging knowledge gaps about Nigeria destinations on Wikimedia Commons, Wikivoyage and Wikipedia.

Project resources[edit]

Please provide links to all public, online documents and other artifacts that you created during the course of this project. Even if you have linked to them elsewhere in this report, this section serves as a centralized archive for everything you created during your project. Examples include: meeting notes, participant lists, photos or graphics uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, template messages sent to participants, wiki pages, social media (Facebook groups, Twitter accounts), datasets, surveys, questionnaires, code repositories... If possible, include a brief summary with each link.

Learning[edit]

The best thing about trying something new is that you learn from it. We want to follow in your footsteps and learn along with you, and we want to know that you took enough risks in your project to have learned something really interesting! Think about what recommendations you have for others who may follow in your footsteps, and use the below sections to describe what worked and what didn’t.

What worked well[edit]

What did you try that was successful and you'd recommend others do? To help spread successful strategies so that they can be of use to others in the movement, rather than writing lots of text here, we'd like you to share your finding in the form of a link to a learning pattern.

  • Your learning pattern link goes here

What didn’t work[edit]

What did you try that you learned didn't work? What would you think about doing differently in the future? Please list these as short bullet points. As earlier stated in the mid point report:

  • Delay in getting a response from the grant team for a budget change request affected our preparations and timeline for the project.
  • The long duration of the project has been a bit challenging to manage.

Other recommendations[edit]

If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please list them here.

Next steps and opportunities[edit]

Are there opportunities for future growth of this project, or new areas you have uncovered in the course of this grant that could be fruitful for more exploration (either by yourself, or others)? What ideas or suggestions do you have for future projects based on the work you’ve completed? Please list these as short bullet points.

This edition served as a pilot of the project. We plan to continue with the project at a. Continental scale and at some point in different languages. This will help make information about traveling within Africa readily available and boost the local economies.

Part 2: The Grant[edit]

Finances[edit]

Actual spending[edit]

Please copy and paste the completed table from your project finances page. Check that you’ve listed the actual expenditures compared with what was originally planned. If there are differences between the planned and actual use of funds, please use the column provided to explain them.

Expense Approved amount Actual funds spent Difference
Internet 500 500 0
Online meeting platform 100 100 0
Administrative costs for the project 2500 2500 0
Social media promotions and website 300 300 0
Internet support for participants 600 600 0
Prizes for contest winners 1000 1000 0
miscellaneous 500 500 0
Total 5500 5500 0


Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any unspent funds from the grant?

Please answer yes or no. If yes, list the amount you did not use and explain why.

No If you have unspent funds, they must be returned to WMF. Please see the instructions for returning unspent funds and indicate here if this is still in progress, or if this is already completed:

Documentation[edit]

Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grantsadmin(_AT_)wikimedia.org, according to the guidelines here?

Please answer yes or no. If no, include an explanation.

Confirmation of project status[edit]

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?

Please answer yes or no.

  • Yes

Is your project completed?

Please answer yes or no.

  • Yes

Grantee reflection[edit]

We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on what this project has meant to you, or how the experience of being a grantee has gone overall. Is there something that surprised you, or that you particularly enjoyed, or that you’ll do differently going forward as a result of the Project Grant experience? Please share it here!

We are excited about the exposure and visibility the project has given some Nigerian towns and cities as well as the Wikivoyage project. The project helped to showcase the history, culture, and tourist attractions of Nigeria. The project was exciting and the support received from stakeholders and partner organizations has been very helpful.