Grants talk:Project/WMDRC-UG/WMDRC - UG 2020 Activities
Is the grantee Wikimedians of Democratic Republic of Congo User Group, i.e. some incorporated entity under its responsibility or acting as its fiscal sponsor, or an individual? Please clarify. Nemo 13:55, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
- We are just a Wikimedia User Group, not an incorporated entity. --BamLifa (talk) 14:23, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
Eligibility confirmed, Round 1 2020
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I have a few questions for you to answer and some suggestions:
- "It is the 90th WP with more than 55 million articles." You probably meant 55 thousand articles.
- As you are planning to create Tshiluba WP, what is the current state of it in the incubator?
- Regarding your planned results (in the table), do all numbers refer to each language separately or to the overall number of articles, participants and contributors?
- In the "Participants" section I see some wikicode fragments. The sections looks incomplete to me.
- Ruslik (talk) 20:33, 4 March 2020 (UTC)
- @Ruslik0:: Thank you so much for your questions and suggestions. My answers below:
- I agree with you here, it's a typo.
- We have not yet jumped there. It is the next step after we have finished togather all info
- Numbers refer to the overall number of articles, participants and contributors
- You're right. Will fix it.
- --BamLifa (talk) 15:53, 6 March 2020 (UTC)
Feedbacks on Anthere's comment
I am writing these few lines to clarify and/or explain about some @Anthere:'s fear on our proposal.
First, let me quote them (Anthere)
"I am generally in support with the idea (in particular because this is the path to increase awareness in Congo, step by step; Promote the project, train new people, recruit new people etc. and with years of experience doing this... we know it is needed and we already know what could go wrong, so nothing really unexpected might occur here). But I fear the team might be too optimist about its capacity to actually implement all what is planned here. They are only a handful and what they plan must be done from scratch entirely (= it is not linked to a specific global drive that could already provide part of the com for example). And I think it is a lot to put on the plate, especially when compared to the current group reported activity at Wikimedians of Democratic Republic of Congo User Group. So... I believe the group definitely needs support... but maybe this request is a bit too large for what they could actually implement. I noted that they asked or drafted grants for other projects in the past few months. Some drafts were never finished. Some requests were considered ineligible because the group was out of compliance due to missing reports on other grants. I am not saying that they should not be supported (they should be), but to the extent of what they can actually absorb. Anthere (talk)"
From my understanding, apart from their support, Anthere fistigates that we are only a handful and cannot be capable to implement such a large project due to our past record (score?). We don't think that this is a too big project. No, not at all. Unless they give us the measurement used to call a project too big or too small. We always run activities where we manage more people and that for a long time ago. What's the problem then or why were we out of compliance? Before answering this question, let me give a little anecdote. Last year we were in Uganda for WM2030 East Africa Summit. We have discovered that we run too many activities than most attendees (User Group represented) but what we do is not known by the community, i.e we don't communicate much on that. To answer the question I have to say that we are a french UG, but most discussions or reports or communications in WMF are done in English, there's not at all a medium for french speakings though you can say that available mediums are language barriers-free. If we were out of compliance it was not because we could not implement the activity, but because we did not notify the grant team about the last Changement on the program (especially the end date), i.e it is not about capability, but just a little issue that might occur to any project.
For us, this is not a big project, but it is a time consuming one.
FYI I am the country coordinator for WikiFranca, co-organizer of Wikiconvention Francophone since 2017 (scholarship team or internal communication team), we run more than on projects in just one month for Mois de la contribution francophone (we have 6 for this month), we do Kiwix outreach (100+ installations).
We have learned from our past mistakes, which is about communication. We are trying our best to communicate especially in English. We are waiting for a website, we have a Facebook page and soon a twitter one.
For those who are curious, here are some links to our activities:
Aggregated feedback from the committee for WMDRC - UG 2020 Activities
|(A) Impact potential
|(B) Community engagement
|(C) Ability to execute
|(D) Measures of success
|Additional comments from the Committee:
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Round 1 2020 decision
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.
WMF has approved partial funding for this project, in accordance with the committee's recommendation. This project is funded with US$7,175
Comments regarding this decision:
The Project Grants Committee has approved partial funding of this proposal to support:
- a small pilot version of the proposed project to do outreach to a single small language community
- an investment into training and capacity development to help the User Group to prepare for later transition into Simple Annual Plan Grants.
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Revised Project Grant Goals and Activities
Per the details of the decision above, I am noting here the revised goals and activities for this Project Grant. The Wikimedians of Democratic Republic of Congo User Group (Grantee) worked with Mjohnson (WMF) (Program Officer) and agreed upon the following Project goals and grant activities.
- We will work with the Wikimedia Foundation to train and build capacity among the core leadership team of the User Group.
- We will conduct a pilot program for local language contributors.
- We will continue to support user group members.
Project scope and list of activities:
- Capacity Building for leadership team: Months 1-3
- Material prep/logistic: Months 1-3
- Support user group members: Months 1-6
- Pilot: Months 3-4