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CI/African Wikimedia Developers
Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire partners with Open Foundation West Africa to present Africa Wikimedia Developers Project in Côte d'Ivoire with the aim of starting a developer community and encouraging more developers from Côte d'Ivoire to volunteer for the Wikimedia Foundation. The overall mission is to create an enabling ecosystem for African developers who are willing to learn and build new skills in the open space through volunteering as developers for the Wikimedia Foundation.
start dateFebruary 16
end dateFebruary 17
budget (USD)1994,05 USD
granteeAfrican Hope
contact(s)• samuelguebo(_AT_)gmail.com

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

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 a 2 days training in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) in collaboration with the Africa Wikimedia Developers (AWMD) Team, to create awareness about the technical or development aspect of the Wikimedia Movement and to 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.

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 to lead the event?

We currently have the AWMD Team with experience with this project to lead the event. Also we have experience editors from our community who will support the project.

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

Yes, invited participants are experienced developers from Côte d'Ivoire.

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 Côte d'Ivoire. There will also be constant engagement through the mailing list african-wikimedia-developers@lists.wikimedia.org 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 - Africa 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 20 people attend the event.
  2. Recruit a minimum of 15 volunteers.
  3. Maintain a minimum of 5 active developers at the end of the pilot phase.
  4. 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).

Team Côte d'Ivoire

Will be coordinating the Ivorian community.
AWMD Team Members & Trainers

  • 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.
  • Samuel Guebo - Will be reponsible for translating into French when needed


  • Quim Gil
  • 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 tickets
Ghana 1 450 Return air ticket of team member and presenter.
Cameroon 1 700 Return air ticket of team member and presenter.
Feeding 8 120 Feeding expenses of trainers for 4 days ($15 *4 days * 2 trainers)
Accommodation 3 30 000 90 000 164,35 Shared accommodation for trainers for 3 nights
Transportation to and from Airport 1 15000 15000 28,05 Transportation from Airport to Hotel and back
Transportation to and from event venue 3 25000 75000 140,25 Transportation from Hotel to Event Venue and back
Event Logistics
T-shirts 30 5 000 150 000 280,50 Needed as a marketing tool for the event during and after
Event Venue 2 50,000 100 000 182,64 Hiring of training facility for two days
Food 60 5 000 300 000 558,64 Feeding for an average of 25 participants per day for two days ( 2x25=50) .
Internet 1 60 000 60 000 109,58 The program will require internet usage, we plan to buy at least 40G for the two days.
Local Transport 3 30 000 90 000 164,38 To cover chattered local transport for 3 days that will convey local organizers (2) and the foreign trainers (2)to and from training centre, including to and from airport
Phone calls 1 25 000 25 000 45,66 Cost of phone calls for the execution of the project
Total 2944,05 Total amount including both Travel and Event Logistics
Amount to be funded 1994,05 Without the travel budget (Amount expected to be funded under Rapid Grant)
Travel budget 950 (Will be funded partly by the developer relations team)

NB: The amount requested to be funded under the rapid grant is 1994,05 USD, to cover event logistics and part of the travel logistics. The amount of 950 USD of the travel logistics will be covered by the developer relations team at the WMF.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • This project has already shown great prospects by ensuring active participation from more than 5 countries with several bugs fixed and merged. Flixtey (talk) 22:46, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
  • As a way of fulfilling the Wikimedia mission, Wikipedia is backed by a strong foundation of software engineering on MediaWiki and supporting extensions to make Wikipedia work. Contributions from this part of the continent on the backbone of Wikipedia and its sister projects will be very useful hence fulfilling the Wikimedia mission. --Alangi Derick (talk) 14:56, 18 January 2018 (UTC)