Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimédien du Bénin User Group/Wiki Loves Africa Benin 2020/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Although we haven't achieved all our targets, we are satisfied with our results, for the second time we attend the contest in our country and despite the problems linked to the COVID-19 pandemic :

  • 1328 photos were uploaded by 44 participants (with 22 Uploaders registered after competition start)
  • 309 photos are used in the wikis
  • 3 training and upload sessions were held in Abomey-Calavi
  • 2 training and upload sessions were held in Cotonou
  • 3 training and upload sessions were held online
  • Media participation in the events increased the visibility of the wikimedia projects and the Wiki loves africa 2020 contest in Benin. It also helps to reach some goals after the locked up and containment due to the COVID pandemic.
  • The exhibition of the 20 best beninese photos is displayed and promoted on our social media accounts and partners website since may, 25th.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
1 launch event 1 We held launch event on february, 15th at Abomey-calavi, with 25 participants and media
5 training and uploading sessions and to raise awareness 8 We held 3 sessions in Abomey-Calavi and 2 in Cotonou (with 1 editathon at Institut Français du Bénin) and 3 online
1 closing ceremony 0 The closing ceremony was not held due to the COVID-19. Social media and internet websites are used to promote the awarded photos.
50 participants 44 44 participants uploaded photos during the contest. We didn't hold all the expected in presence training sessions.
1000+ uploaded photos to Wikimedia commons 1328 Winning photos from Wiki Loves Africa 2020 in Benin - Best photos from Wiki Loves Africa 2020 in Benin - All photos from Wiki Loves Africa 2020 in Benin
50+ photos used on Wikimedia projects 309 We will continue adding photos on Wikimedia projects
50+ photos categorized as valued, quality or featured 0 We will propose photos now that the contest ends
20 participants for the editathon 22
20 articles created or improved 24 Created, improved and translated. We created articles of all the aerodromes in Benin and a template to display them.


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What did not work so well?
    • Bad internet connexion sometimes during uploading session
    • Participants would like outgoings or photo walk sessions
    • Few number of professional photographer within the participants
    • No local sponsors
  • What would you do differently next time?
    • Contacting sooner sponsors and improve the submitted project documents
    • Trying to interest more professional photographers
    • Organising more uploading sessions and at least 2 editathons, we could try more online activities for instance.
    • The contest time had been expanded. We'll take it in account next time to plan our activities.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

Item Spent Budget in XOF Spend Budget in USD Receipt Available Comments
Awards for participants 210,000 F CFA USD 354.44 Yes 1st prize: 80,000 F CFA, 2nd prize: 60,000 F CFA, 3rd prize: 40,000 F CFA, ISA Campaign prize : 30,000 F CFA
Launch event and raise awareness and uploading session 150,000 F CFA USD 253.17 Yes Vinyl streamer: 30,000 F CFA, venue: 60,000 F CFA, snacks: 60,000 F CFA
Editathon, training and uploading sessions (04) 120,000 F CFA USD 202.54 Yes 30,000 F CFA for each session. Institut français du Benin provided snacks at the session hosted there.
Branding & Stationaries 138,000 F CFA USD 232.92 Yes Tee-shirts : 27,000 F CFA, stickers: 15,000 F CFA, photo print: 60,000 FCFA, certificates: 36,000 F CFA
Communications & Outreach 360,000 F CFA USD 607.62 Yes Transport: 40,000 F CFA, Telephone: 40,000 F CFA, Internet : 150,000 F CFA, Media promotions: 100,000 F CFA, Posters & flyers: 30,000 F CFA
Closing ceremony 130,000 F CFA USD 219.42 Yes Internet for jurors: 100,000 F CFA, Online promotion: 30,000 F CFA
Bank fees 41,409.26 F CFA USD 69.89 No Wire and currency conversion fees
Total 1,149,409.26 F CFA USD 1,940

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

We have no fund left.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

This project was very relevant for us. Indeed, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've tested new kinds of workshop. We held online sessions and despite the fact we couldn't organize IRL events during a part of the contest time, we've reached some goals which made us occupying the third place in the ranking of numbers of uploaded photos by country.

We've also discovered new tools like Montage used for the jury, and ISA to improve photos descriptions.