Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Ghana User Group/2020

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Application or grant stage: grant in progress
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Ghana User Group
Amount requested: US$24,400
Amount granted: US$14,500
Funding period: 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2020
Midpoint report due: 15 July 2020
Final report due: 31 January 2021

Background[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Wikimedia Ghana Usergroup (wmgh) started operations in 2012 (initially as Planning Wikimedia Ghana) the first Ghanaian Wikimedian community.

We pioneered Wikimedia community building in Ghana, West Africa and most parts of Sub Saharan Africa. We work to give every Ghanaian online a chance to discover Wikipedia and sister wikis and teach them how to use it and edit it.

Aside from recruiting and training new editors, existing editors also focus on improving content; embarking on advocacy work and building partnerships beneficial to the open knowledge cause.

Advocacy work includes campaigning for Freedom of Panorama in Ghana in 2018; while partnerships include ones with organisations like Impact Hub Accra, MTN Ghana, re:publica, GIMPA Law School, U.S. Agency for Global Media (formerly BBG), Barcamp Ghana, Africa Open Data Conference, Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 (FIFAfrica).

Our goals for 2020 (even with the COVID-19 pandemic) is recruiting new Wikimedians as well as engaging about 300 current members and getting them involved in movement conversations.

If there is the need to embark on advocacy and partnerships to meet our goals or higher movement goals, we will pursue such work.

Annual Plan[edit]

  • Our initial planned activities pre-COVID-19 are found here (pdf for archival purposes). Those had a lot to do with offline events.
  • Our COVID-19 adaptation planned activities are found here. These have more online events and social media engagement priorities.

Budget Plan[edit]

Staffing Plan[edit]

  • None

Strategic plan[edit]

  • None

Programs[edit]

Our programs, the descriptions and background information and objectives can be found here.

Program Story[edit]

Here is an example of how we assisted a lecturer incorporate English Wikipedia into his curriculum in one of our programs around Wikimedia Education.

Grant Metrics Reporting[edit]

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Midterm report[edit]

Wikimedia Ghana User Group began the year with an annual program (pre-COVID) that included offline events and its correlating targets. We had also identified critical operational and administrative needs in 2019, which served as a basis for this 2019-20 grant; our first SAPG.

Halfway through our grant year, we can say we have had to make changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic to fall on online activities while adjusting our previous goals. There is also the likelihood we will underspend on the budget side of things.

Program story[edit]

Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Program Progress[edit]

INCREASING PARTICIPATION

Activities under ‘Increasing Participation’, help Ghanaians online to discover Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects; build editing skills; and keep editors engaged.

New Readers Campaign[edit]

We suspended the New Readers Campaign – our radio campaign for more people to read Wikipedia. It included physical presence in a radio studio.

Ghana Edits Wikipedia[edit]

We were able to hold 7 events aligned to this program so far. 3 were offline events held before COVID-19 restrictions while 4 are online events. They are as follows: January – Koforidua Edits Wikipedia [Offline event in the town of Koforidua]

Our regular edit-a-thon in Koforidua was also held successfully. We had 15 editors who improved 70 articles. 13 of the editors were newly registered. See Outreach Dashboard.

February – Winneba Edits Wikipedia [offline event in the town of Winneba]

It was in partnership with Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) at the University of Education, Winneba. CAMFED invited wmgh for the training to teach their members how to edit. We engaged about 34 new editors who improved 9 pages. See Outreach Dashboard.

February – Wikipedia 19 [offline event in the city of Accra]

Last year we had a partnership with Global Innovation Gathering to improve Wikipedia's coverage of migration in Ghana which saw us create Wikipedia Spoken articles in Ghanaian languages for the first time in Wikimedia's history. Though the partnership had been completed, we still held an event to improve more articles under the migration theme. We had about 8 editors who improved 11 articles in Twi, Ewe and Hausa. See Outreach Dashboard.

June – Wikipedia 101e and Online Wikipedia Workshop I and II

We started testing online editathons after restrictions were announced. Initially, we wanted for people to take Wikipedia and Wikidata editing as a continuing course so we could compare its effectiveness in comparison to having a one-time event. About 70 people signed up for the course, however many were unable to finish. We named this Wikipedia 101e.

We then tried the one-time events. Online Wikipedia Workshop I yielded 3 newly registered editors [User:Miss Neyeh; User: World origin; User: sadotey].

Our second event Online Wikipedia Workshop II was more successful. We hosted 7 editors, 5 were newly registered and they improved 4 articles. See Outreach Dashboard.

June – COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana edit-a-thon I

This edit-a-thon began as a one-time online Wikipedia session to improve Wikipedia's coverage of COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana. We had 6 editors participating and 4 articles improved. See Outreach Dashboard.

Taskforce[edit]

To engage existing editors we planned to create taskforces focused on COVID-19 related Ghanaian articles and Ghanaian elections-related articles. It is an election year for Ghana.

We have successfully created a ten-person COVID-19 taskforce; it has repeatedly watched and improved two key COVID-19 related pages with over 200 edits.

re:publica Accra 2020[edit]

This was a conference we planned on partnering with however it is unlikely it will happen.

Wikimedia in Education[edit]

We had planned to engage about 5 tertiary schools for our grant year however we have had to postpone school engagements due to COVID restrictions.

Other program aligned activities[edit]

Though not planned initially, the group held a session dedicated to helping new editors find articles to edit. We discovered that one of the critical problems editors face was deciding on what to edit or finding articles to edit. We dedicated one session to sharing tools and strategies to help editors. 9 participants were in attendance.

The event was dubbed Making Decisions on What to Edit, following which the tools discussed have been made public and shared on the African Wikimedians page and our social media handles for others to use.

POLICY & ADVOCACY

Activities under ‘Policy and Advocacy’focus on the advocacy initiatives we have and the initiatives towards policies that may be used even outside our group by others who align with our movement work, or may find insight in our outcomes.

Freedom of Panorama[edit]

Ghana currently doesn’t have laws specifying Freedom Of Panorama (FOP). In 2018, at re:publica Accra, we launched a campaign and added a petition for people to sign towards asking for FOP. We also made contact with the authorities and we have been given the nod to present additional material to start the advocacy. This stage for us is to put together about 5 people within a working group to design a road map for the next stage of the campaign. The point is to make the document is to conclude our work and make it available for all stakeholders. 7 people are participating in this working group.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

Activities under ‘Community Support and Development’, This third program has to do with activities that will strengthen our group, make sure we have sustained human capacity and also the legal backing to embark on our projects in Ghana.

Non Profit Status[edit]

At the beginning of the year, we began our registration as a non profit after operating as a non legal entity for about 7 years. It’s important for us to get incorporated because as much as being a non profit comes with responsibilities, it will boost accountability, transparency, ease of business, a more transparent and democratic environment within which to run our operations. We are currently still in the process of registration.

Training of the Trainers Camp[edit]

We have cancelled this meet up.

Spending update Midterm[edit]

Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the first half of your grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

Our updated financial report is available here.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • USD 2892.62/GHS15,906

Grant Metrics Reporting Midterm[edit]

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.