Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Ghana User Group/2021

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Application or grant stage: in progress
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia Ghana User Group
Amount requested: 75,851 USD
Amount granted: 39,000 USD
Funding period: 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021
Midpoint report due: 30 June 2021
Final report due: 30 January 2022

Application[edit]

Background[edit]

Annual Plan[edit]

About

This year, the plan behind executing our mandate as promoters of Wikimedia projects in Ghana will be to recruit more editors, complete our policy and advocacy initiatives, hold content creation events and continue building a robust local Ghanaian Wikimedian community.

  • We want to explore the creation and sharing of customisable digital resources that Wikipedia editing trainers who organise workshops south of the Sahara (English and French-speaking countries) can use. We want to build on-demand digital editing aids that recruits can also use to learn to edit Wikipedia on their own.
  • To foster the creation of the content, we will hold editathons, form partnerships, embark on a photo drive and reboot our Wikimedia in Education projects.
  • In line with movement-wide activism work, we have a policy and advocacy program. The program will include a study of the usefulness of local language Wikipedia for Ghanaian languages and also continue our work with creating a road-map for the achievement of Freedom of Panorama which we started in 2020.
  • We also have measures to develop our 8-year-old community which has about 300 members who need to be integrated better into community work.

This year's reliance on digital means of recruitment comes out of the learnings from our COVID adaptation plans when the pandemic ruled out offline experiences.


Relationship between our 2021 programs

For wmgh, in 2021, our Increasing Participation (IP) and Content Creation (CC) programs are tightly-knit.

The IP activities will lead to new editors' recruitment; while the CC activities seek to engage existing editors recruited through IP events over the years and in 2021. Additionally, our Wikimedia Education participants will eventually fall our digital resources to continue learning, even after our offline engagements with them.


We have additional information about our programs here.

Budget Plan[edit]

Our budget plan.

Staffing Plan[edit]

Our staffing plan

Strategic plan[edit]

N/A

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).

Wikimedia Ghana User Group 2021 Programs[edit]

Increasing Participation

Brief description[edit]

The 'Increasing Participation' program includes building online tools for both trainers and new editors.

Activities[edit]

  • Building and using Nimble – a mobile-first and interactive website which will feature a nimble step by step guide to editing Wikipedia.
  • Readapting Wikimedia workshop presentation slides by Art+ Feminism into non-themed and customizable slides for new Wikipedia instructors in the Sub Saharan African community.

SMART Goals[edit]

  • The specific goal for this program is to provide digital tools to be used for recruiting new editors.
  • The program success can be measured by 1 web tool for 500 new recruits to learn editing by themselves, and also 10 freely licensed kits for use by new Wikipedia instructors.
  • This program will achieve its objective through a collaboration of graphic design, web design, Meta Wiki resources and social media publicity.
  • The program's relevance is embedded in the fact that Meta Wiki resources guiding recruits and trainers alike, are voluminous and not easily customisable and hence, the program seeks to build light weight and friendly versions for use.
  • Targets will be met by end of grant period.

Target Metrics[edit]

Participants Newly Registered Content Pages Resources Created Uploads
500 500 500 10 10

Bigger Picture[edit]

In line with the Movement Strategy this program seeks to create resources that will remove barriers to the process of learning to edit for recruits, and also give trainers flexible resources they can easily use.

Content Creation

Brief Description[edit]

The ‘Content Creation’ (CC) program aims to create content by engaging editors in edit-a-thons. We are ambitiously working towards the use of Nimble as our only means of providing workshop-like guidance to recruits. That said, the CC program is meant to engage and retain Nimble users, and other existing editors. Our CC programs that not run under education programs are usually branded as Ghana Edits Wikipedia. The main objective for these events is to generate content, not to teach the basics of editing. However, we also believe these events will help editors improve their skills.

Activities[edit]

  • Embarking on a photo drive for 500 notable people without photos on Wikimedia projects
  • Organising 12 edit-a-thons across the country for content creation including an event where Nimble users and other existing members (15 per event) to embed the 500 photos on Wikipedia pages as tasks.
  • Engaging about 50 students of the University of Professional Studies and GIMPA (a former Wikimedia in Education partner) to create content in an education program

The cities or communities we are considering include:

  • Accra
  • Ho
  • Takoradi
  • Koforidua
  • Winneba
  • Tamale
  • Kumasi
  • Ghana Institute of Journalism
  • Poetry and arts communities (Ghana Poets Association and Nubuke Foundation) through a Wiki Loves Art and Poetry event(s)
  • Ghana Internet Conference

SMART Goals[edit]

  • The specific objective for this program is to create content content for English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.
  • This program's success can be measured by how many content pages or uploads were done.
  • This program will achieve its aim goals through organising events and forming partnerships through which editors can gather/collaborate to edit.
  • This program is relevant because the basic requirement to keeping the Wikimedia wikis running is for there to be content on the pages.
  • Events will start in February till the end of the grant year 2021.

Target Metrics[edit]

Participants Newly Registered Content Pages Resources Created Uploads
231 0 680 0 500

Bigger Picture[edit]

Content is the lifeblood of the Wikimedia Movement

Policy and Advocacy

Brief Description[edit]

The 'Policy and Advocacy' program supports our Freedom of Panorama advocacy and also includes our research work on the importance Ghanaian language Wikipedias.

Activities[edit]

  • Continuing the drafting of a road map to achieving FoP in Ghana and documenting what has been done so far by the user group.
  • Researching the importance of Ghanaian language Wikipedias and writing a white paper on the findings.

SMART Goals[edit]

  • The specific object of our policy and advocacy work is to remove the challenges to content creation.
  • Our objective can measured by 1 road map clearing the path for all discussions on FoP in Ghana and a white paper to help better advice local language projects in the Ghanaian community.
  • This goal will be attained through working groups, surveys, policy events that bring stakeholders together for discussions.
  • This goal is relevant because the documents produced will serve as building blocks for many content creation projects in the near and logterm future.
  • The activities were scheduled for 2020 however were carried into 2021 due to COVID. We expect to start in the Q2.

Target Metrics[edit]

Participants Newly Registered Content Pages Resources Created Uploads
120 0 0 2 2

Bigger Picture[edit]

Without FoP, some encyclopedic content from Ghana is still not welcome on Wikipedia and that creates a gap in knowledge for Wikipedia. Additionally, a white paper on the usefulness of Ghanaian language will provide clarity on what language projects should look like and whether wmgh should invest in any at all.

Community Development

Brief Description[edit]

The 'Community Development' program includes membership-focused activities that will enhance user group growth.

Activities[edit]

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Membership Drive
  • Wikipedia 20 celebrations

SMART Goals[edit]

  • The specific goal for this program is to make membership more enjoyable and eventually that will enhance the user group's advancement.
  • The goal can be measured by the execution of 3 membership focused events in 2021.
  • The goal can be attained through a membership drive to full confer membership status on 300+ people in our contact records, give them orientation, involve them have team building activities, and let them participate in all that our recently drafted bylaws require.
  • As a non-profit entity, the relevance of the activities come from the need to know our members and integrate them better as required by law.
  • The program will run till the end of the grant period.

Target Metrics[edit]

Participants Newly Registered Content Pages Resources Created Uploads
550 0 0 0 0

Bigger Picture[edit]

It's beneficial to know our membership. That way they can know the group, and their rights and responsibilities. It helps in inclusion, it aids in feedback collection for the process of capacity buidling among other things.

Grant Metrics Reporting[edit]

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Requests for operational support[edit]

Coaching on Financing

Midterm report (January 1, 2021 – July 15, 2021)[edit]

This year the Wikimedia Ghana User Group set out to do several activities to further the goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of our grant year. We planned on recruiting more editors, completing our policy and advocacy initiatives, holding content creation events and continuing building a robust local Ghanaian Wikimedian community.

Program story[edit]

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Program Progress[edit]

PROGRAM TITLE

Spending update Midterm[edit]

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

  • USD 12,242.68 / GHS 67334.74

Grant Metrics Reporting Midterm[edit]

Metrics, targets and results:  grants metrics worksheet here.

Final report[edit]

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Learning story[edit]

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Programs Impact[edit]

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Spending update Final[edit]

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

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics Reporting Final[edit]

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