Grants:Project/Rapid/OFWA/African Wikimedia Developers

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This project seeks to start a developer community on the African continent and to encourage more developers to volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation. Our mission is to create an enabling ecosystem for developers who are willing to learn and build new skills in the open space through volunteering as developers for the Wikimedia Foundation.
start dateMay 25
end dateJune 30
budget (local currency)GHS 8,199
budget (USD)1,999.76 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusNon-profit
granteeFlixteyAlangi derick
contact(s)• fnartey(_AT_)• admin(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)Open Foundation West AFrica (OFWA)
website (if applicable)

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Increase the awareness of volunteer developer opportunities in Africa
  2. Recruit new volunteer developers from the continent
  3. Create a community of developers on the continent
  4. Participate in solving technical problems from the larger community
  5. Promote participation in continental and international programs that benefit the community (GSoC)
  6. Ensure participation from Africa in tech related community events such as Hackathon

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We will be hosting or conducting trainings in countries across the continent to create awareness about the technical or development aspect of the Wikimedia Movement and build the capacity of participants in areas that they may be lagging yet important to becoming a volunteer developer in the movement.

We hope to achieve this via:

  • Awareness creation
  • Training and capacity building
  • Ensuring a continuous communication to enforce a going concern

The plan was to do this in a host of countries however we have adopted a strategy to try out one (1) country for a period of two (2) months in the pilot phase to closely monitor growth of the campaign and learn from the lapses and areas to be improved. We have carefully selected Ghana to be the first country of host (pilot country), mainly because we are highly equipped with enough resources to closely monitor progress and learn from the fall outs in this pilot phase before finally scaling it to other countries.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors/developers to lead the event?

We currently have the only African volunteer developer for the Wikimedia Foundation as a member of the team to ensure a success of the program. Also we possess an experience editor from the Ghanaian community and a member of the team who will treating topics such as capacity building and talking about the benefits of volunteering as a developer.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Our target audience is already existing developers and computer science students. People who have some level of understanding of developing and can easily relate with the subject that will be treated. Mostly these category of people have the prerequisite knowledge and devices needed to enhance our work at the event.

We have partnered a few developer communities who will share this opportunity within their networks and ensure we reach the right audience.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will ensure sustainability of this project through the initiation or creation of developer communities in each country we visit. There will also be constant engagement through the mailing list and through the leaders of the communities created.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The community can find out more about our activities and plans here - African Wikimedia Developers Project


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Have at least 30 people attend the event
  2. Recruit a minimum of 20 volunteers
  3. Maintain a minimum of 5 active developers at the end of the pilot phase
  4. If 1/2 of the total number of communities in Africa know about us.


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).


  • Felix Nartey - Will be responsible for all project management issues, community engagement and will deliver aspect of the training focused on volunteer burnout and significance of the project.
  • Alangi Derick - Will be responsible for training and providing technical support to the team and volunteers.


  • Quim Gill
  • Srishti Sethi

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Travel Logistics
Return ticket 1 3288 3288 801.95 For the trainer and co-organiser of the event
Transport to and from Airport 2 50 100 24.39 To convey trainer from and to the airport
Accomodation 2 370 740 180.49 Required for a maximum of 2 days but will depend on the availability of flight for Saturday
Visa Fee 1 615 615 150.00 Visa needed to be in country
Event Logistics
Tshirts 50 22 1100 268.29 Needed as a marketing tool for the event during and after
Event Venue 2 500 1000 243.90 Venue for training
Food 100 50 5000 1219.51 Since we will be keeping participants for long hours we wish to provide one coffee break and launch for 50 people x 2 days = 100 as stated in the quantity column.
Water 5 20 100 24.39 A box contains 24 so literally we need 2 for a day making 4 total. But we added one for contingency reasons
Internet 1 399 399 97.32 The program will require internet usage and we anticipate using the internet resources of the venue might create problems, so this is a back up
Transport 100 2 200 48.78 Transportation to and from venue for 2 days by resident organizers
Phone calls 50 1 50 12.20 Cost of phone calls in the execution of the project
Roll up banner 1 350 350 85.37 A marketing material that could be used in the host country for subsequent activities
Total 12942 3156.59 Total amount including both Travel and Event Logistics
Amount to be funded 8199 1999.76 Without the travel budget (Amount expected to be funded)
Travel budget 1156.83 (Will be funded by the developer relations team)

NB: The amount requested to be funded under the rapid grant is 1999.76 USD, specifically to cover event logistics. The amount of 1156.83 USD as stated for the travel logistics will be covered by the developers relations team at the WMF.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • Endorsed Endorsed -- The idea of training African on how to write and maintain script such as js coding, and fixing issues with script seem like a brilliant one to me. Good luck with the project. Wikicology (talk) 07:33, 23 May 2017 (UTC)
  • An African Wikimedia Developer Community is long overdue; thanks to Felix for finally trying to make this a reality. This is a project I'll love to be part of, in the long run. I totally support this project.--Jamie Tubers (talk) 13:50, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Support SupportThis initiative will help more African developers to embark on Wiki projects and will somehow foster the broader African wikimedians community. I strongly support it. African Hope (talk) 18:02, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support-- A noble idea... I will be glad to learn coding and my team. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 06:02, 25 May 2017 (UTC)