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The WikiFundi Software[edit]

WikiFundi A5 flyer English.pdf

Project under development. WikiFundi was first released early 2017

The WikiFundi is a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment. WikiFundi allows for training and contribution when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all. It enables individuals, groups and communities to learn how to edit Wikipedia, and to work on articles collaboratively. Once completed and connected to the internet, these articles can be uploaded to Wikipedia.

The software was designed to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood, in collaboration with Wikimedia CH. It is implemented by Emmanuel Engelhart (Kelson), Anthere and other community members. The development of the software is supported by the Orange Foundation. The WikiFundi Software and its documentation is licenced under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

A second release is planned for mid 2018. It will feature bugs fixing, improvement of user experience, interactive tutorials, and better software-size optimisation. This second version is financially supported by a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation and will be hosted by Wiki In Africa Association.

A list of technical tasks is available here :

For the global project, see here WikiFundi/2018

Choice of Software name[edit]

Wiki - self explanatory...

Fundi (/ˌfʊndɪ/, not /ˌfʌndɪ/)[1] - in Bantu languages from South Africa to Tanzania (Swahili) and Congo (Lingala) fundi means a learned person. Depending on environment this could be a teacher, an expert in general, a skilled artisan or master craftsperson, an expert in a particular area. The term has crossed over also into other languages like Zimbabwean and South African English.

Motivation for WikiFundi as the project name:
School children in southern Africa refer to each other as being a “fundi” - as in “can you help me with my homework, you’re such a maths fundi”. Wikipedia is associated with being clever, it imparts knowledge. The use of the term Fundi is a play on words - Wiki Fundi teaches you a skill, and it also gives you access to knowledge. It is a clever programme that teaches you how to teach others by writing articles about things that you are passionate about.
The software will be called WikiFundi - as it makes those who engage with the software into experts at editing Wikipedia, and ultimately experts in their subject by contributing to Wikipedia.

Links to download the software[edit]

UserGuide (version vanilla)


Tech ReadMe



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  1. Thank you Ingo for the clarification