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Wikimedia Conference in Democratic Republic of Congo
We aim to organize a first nationwide Wikimedia Conference in democratic republic of congo. During 2 days in Kinshasa, the capital city of the democratic republic of Congo, students, journalists and developers will come together to learn, share ideas, discuss issues related to wikimedia finally to build their capacity in wikimedia and to build an active wikimedia community in the democratic republic of Congo.
targetWikimedia Conference in DRCongo is targeting developers, students, journalists, IT managers from public and private organizations from across the democratic republic of Congo. Female and youth participation in the wikimedia Conference in DRCongo will be encouraged.
end dateJuly 28
budget (local currency)2610000
budget (USD)1800
grant typeindividual
contact(s)• mbunzama(_AT_)

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Project Goal[edit]

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  1. Socialize with community members
  2. Organize a community project
  3. Recruit new editors
  4. Increase skills for existing editors

Project Plan[edit]


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
    The Wikimedia Conference in DRCongo will consist in a series of activities including (courses on wiki, debates and discussions, hackhaton, and leadership programs, etc).
  2. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
    To allow participants to develop their skills and knowledge on wikimedia, to become good wiki editors and to enable participants to become able to lead a wikimedia community in their specific areas.
  3. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
    We will organize outreach on the event through TV,radio, social media and sharing information in different developers networks, mailinglists, etc.
  4. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
    To promote the program to the local community and to reach a larger audience of people, we will organize a strong outreach before, during and after the Wikimedia Conference in DRCongo and related activities through :
    • Media presence on TV, Radio, newspapers
    • Social Media, blogs, etc.
    • Face to face events, PR, etc
    • Presence in major IT events in the democratic republic of Congo
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
    Africa Park Aventure, a DRCongo based toursim company will give us 15 computers to use during the wikimedia Conference in DRCongo.


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  1. Number of total participants: 50
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event: 4

The Wikimedia Conference in DRCongo will be lead by Narcisse Mbunzama, an experimented developer with strong background in IT training. I'm Narcisse Mbunzama, a dual citizen of DRCongo and Sweden. I hold a master in computer science from Umea University in Sweden. I'm a serial winning tech innovator and the executive manager of DRCongo developer association. Prior to that, I served as central africa coordinator for Africa environment outlook for youth at the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and as fellow of the International Telecommunication Union. I'm fluent in English, French and Swedish.

As, Software developer and Executive manager of DRCongo Developer association, I organize a serie of training programmes on python in regularly basis since 2015 in kinshasa, the democratic republic of Congo. Participants are students, journalists and developers based in Kinshasa, they come to learn how to use wikimedia. Since 2015, I have trained more than 15 people in the democratic republic of Congo to use wikimedia. In fact, the democratic republic of Congo is one of largest country in africa with more than 75 millions inhabitants but few that 50 people use wikimedia due to lack of skills and knowledge on computer science among people. I want to create a strong community of wikimedia users by organizing a first wikimedia Conference in DRCongo with an active community that will continue to be active over the time.

All 4 developers have strong background in wikimedia and they will participate as trainers.

The training team are :

  • Mr. Narcisse Mbunzama, Master in computer science from Umea University
  • Ms. Lucie Rushimande, Master in computer science from University of Kinshasa.
  • Mr. Jean Remy Mayamba, Bachelor in computer science from University of Kinshasa
  • Mr. Glody Ndombasi, Bachelor in Electrical engineering from Institut des techniques Appliquées


  • Location of Event room : 200$ x 2 = 400$
  • Transport of participants : 300$
  • Equipement and Materials (prints, flyers, pencils, etc) : 200$
  • Communication/internet : 100$
  • Food and drinks of participants during 2 days : 5$ per day x 2 days x 50 participants= 500$
  • Per-diem for 4 project team members : 50x4 = 200$
  • Administrative cost : 50$
  • Other : 50$


  • Mont Ngafula local community have endorsed this project.