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Grants:TPS/Abbasjnr/Creative Commons Global Summit 2015

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Creative Commons Global Summit 2015
summaryLeading a session on fostering collaboration and partnerships, talking about my projects (offline Wikipedia & Wikipedian-in-Residency) and how we can mutually collaborate with the Creative Commons movement in undertaking like-minded projects across Africa and beyond.
event locationSeoul, South Korea
event date(s)14-17 October 2015
amount requestedUSD 1450
home countryKenya
submitted on06:12, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Proposed participation


I am a Wikimedia contributor with considerable experience rolling out offline Wikipedia across schools in Kenya and Tanzania and a current Wikipedian-in-Residence with Translators without Borders. I also served on the Wikimedia Grants Advisory Committee and the Wikimania Jury. I've also volunteered for the Wikipedia Zero program here in Kenya (testing, awareness and advocacy).

As a Creative Commons Kenya community member, I will be leading a session/discussion/open conversation on regional cooperation among Creative Commons Affiliates (especially within Africa), and the importance of partnering with other free-knowledge movements (such as Wikimedia) towards acheiving our overall mission.

Goal and expected impact

  • My talk will revolve around brainstorming avenues for (regional) cooperation (both among Creative Commons Affiliates and across like-minded movements such as Wikimedia and Open Knowledge volunteers).
  • As a result of my talk with the Creative Commons Community in Africa, I expect most individuals to be interested in rolling out Offline Wikipedia in their respective countries.
  • I also expect to talk about my residency with Translators without Borders (that does medical content translation across various African languages). I hope to garner interested parties that will assist us in integrating the free medical content that we have into their local, respective language Wikipedias.
  • Presenting learnings and experiences identifying common challenges. Participants get useful advice from peers about problems they face.

Budget breakdown

  • Travel (round trip airfare from Mombasa to Seoul): USD 1000
  • Accommodation: booked by Creative Commons
  • Visa fees: USD 150
  • Meals (dinner x 4 nights) and incidentals USD 50 x 4 days: USD 200
  • Transport (airport-hotel return, daily metro ticket): USD 100

Other instructions


I would like to request the Wikimedia Foundation to book my ticket for me and wire the other expenses in advance.


  • Having someone with in-depth experience of re-distribution of Wikipedia content in the developing world from a community perspective in the fold strikes me as key - given this year's conversations centering around how to apply 4.0. Abbas is very well positioned to contribute to that end, best --Jan eissfeldt (talk) 14:43, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Abbas Mahmood is one of CC's leading scholarship applicants for this year's Global Summit. We believe he is well-poised to make a significant contribution to the event and the broader open web community. Rebecca Rendl, Director of Development, Creative Commons (talk) 21:56, 18 September 2015 (UTC)