Grants:Project/Rapid/Mouahé/Wiki Loves Africa 2017 in Côte d'Ivoire/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Flyer of Wiki Loves Africa 2017
Flyer of Wiki Loves Africa 2017

Wiki Loves Africa 2017 went well in Côte d’Ivoire. We are satisfied with this edition, in terms of organization in Côte d’Ivoire.

The 2017 campaign generated a lot of enthusiasm. The organized activities were well received. From the beginning to the end of the contest, team members and other volunteers were available and very involved ; they showed availability. We registered more participants than expected.

We also uploaded more photos (mostly of good quality) and improved more articles than expected. However, we were unable to create new items.


Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
30 participants 56 participants
15 new contributors 37 new contributors
15 regular contributors 21 regular contributors
20 articles created or improved +20 articles improved
1 000 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, including 50% in HD 1 867 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, including more than 50% in HD
100 photos reused on Wikimedia projects +100 photos reused on Wikimedia projects


  • What worked well?
Volunteers and team members of Wiki Loves Africa in Côte d'Ivoire
Volunteers and team members of Wiki Loves Africa in Côte d'Ivoire

A mobilized team. An available and committed community. Communication via our Facebook fan page and group. Articles about the contest in online media. The fourth edition of the contest had a great echo in Côte d’Ivoire, and beyond.

We held all the activities planned for the 2017 campaign. Three training sessions (photo shooting, uploading, media conversion into wiki formats). Four evenings dedicated to editions (pictures uploading and contributions on Wikipedia). Two days of permanence at the User Group headquarters and a " Soirée de contributions " (pictures uploading and contributions on Wikipedia).

For photo shooting and sensitization activities, we have traveled to several cities in the south, central and northern of Côte d'Ivoire : Grand Bassam, Aboisso, Ferkessédougou (Ferké), Toumodi, Yamoussoukro ... In Ferké, for example, a local Wikimedia community has been settled to conduct of activities in the north of the country, for more diversity in ivorian productions.

3rd and last winner of the 2017 " Challenge téléversement "
3rd and last winner of the 2017 " Challenge téléversement "

The " Challenges téléversement " have been important levers in driving Wiki Loves Africa 2017 in Côte d'Ivoire. For two weeks, community volunteers and supporters were invited to take and upload pictures on the theme " People at Work ". The winner was the person who uploads the most pictures. And the latter received a reward.

  • What did not work so well?

We encountered some Internet connection issues, especially during the common upload and training sessions. The Internet speed was not always up, given the large number of participants.

We have also encountered difficulties with administrative authorities. Local officials and administrative authorities, asked to participate in activities, showed their skepticism about the reuse of images. Others have not responded to our requests or did it so belatedly. We had to be flexible and adaptive, seize the opportunities of public cultural events, like Abissa (in Grand-Bassam), to realize shootings.

  • What would you do differently next time?
Prize of the 1st winner of the " Challenge téléversement "
Prize of the 1st winner of the " Challenge téléversement "

The " Challenges téléversement " were a real success, especially in terms of community mobilization and involvement. We intend to repeat them in future editions.

Contributions sessions dedicated to the reuse of pictures were very helpful and friendly. These moments will be renewed for the coming editions, and we will train more people to reuse the images to illustrate/improve articles on Wikipedia.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Amount received (XOF) Amount spent (XOF) Details of expenditure
Designation Expected expenses (XOF) Expenses incurred (XOF) Explanation
1 094 543 1 212 016 Communication-Marketing (flyers and stickers printing, t-shirts, documents and photoshooting learning guides...) 257 500 231 950
Receptions (snack, beverage... for activities) 228 000 147 025
Travels/Missions (photo training session, photo shooting mission in northern Côte d'Ivoire coupled with the launching of a wiki club, uploading sessions and uploading challenges (prizes)...) 529 000 733 041 The increase in expenditure is mainly due to :
  • Contingencies related to the mission on Ferkessédougou (Ferké), in northern Côte d'Ivoire : traffic accident, travel costs and health care ;
  • Contingencies relating to approaches to local authorities and organizations for partnerships : drafting and transmission of letters, follow-up, meeting of exchanges and sensitization.
Coordination (compensation of the Project team) 100 000 100 000
1 094 543 1 212 016 Total 1 114 500 1 212 016

Remaining funds[edit]

No remaining funds.

Anything else[edit]

Participants in WLAf's 1st " Soirée contributive "
Participants in WLAf's 1st " Soirée contributive "

This is the fourth consecutive year that Côte d'Ivoire participated in Wiki Loves Africa. The 2017 edition was very rich in lessons. We have achieved, even doubled the original objectives. We essentially note commitment, mobilization and availability of community.

Mid-November 2017.Going for a four-day mission to Ferkessédougou (Ferké) [600 km north of Abidjan], our delegation is the victim of a severe bus crash where there is unfortunately a death and several serious injured passengers.

The three members of the delegation came out with scratches, wounds and pain in the body. Nevertheless, they will continue the mission after receiving some emergency care. Back in Abidjan, they received more appropriate health care.

Photo shooting in Ferkessédougou (Ferké)
Photo shooting in Ferkessédougou (Ferké)

The incident did not discourage our volunteers. They held all planned activities, including the establishment of a local community of wikimedians, which will help boost contributions.

  • See the main activities of the 2017 edition in Côte d’Ivoire :

  • See some articles about the contest