Wiki Indaba

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Wiki Indaba is an annual conference for representatives of Wikimedia communities and projects across Africa. The maiden edition was held in 2014, in Johannesburg, while the most recent one was held in 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia. Topics of presentation and dialogue typically include Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, other wikis, open-source software, free knowledge, free content and how these projects affect the African continent.

History of Wiki Indaba[edit]

Wiki Indaba is the place to connect all Africans who work to champion the course of the Wikimedia Movement in every corner of the continent. The conference which started as a gathering for all Wikimedians to think about the future is gradually becoming a voice of the continent. The conference which churned the first ever unified letter to the WMF dubbed "Letter to Katherine/L2K", has since seen its ripple impact on the group of Wikimedians from Latin America.

There has been a great need to reduce the burden of work involved in the organisation of the conference since its inception. In response to this, a process was announced at the 2018 Wiki Indaba held in Tunisia to establish a steering committee responsible for providing support to the Local Organising Committee(s) (LOC) of future Wiki Indaba's.

African meetup at Wikimedia Conference 2018

Objectives of Wiki Indaba[edit]

The main objective of Wiki Indaba is to "build sustainable Wikimedia communities for the benefit of Africa and the movement at large".

To carry it out the specific objectives to attain this mission:

  • Build capacity for participants or members of Wiki Indaba.
  • Connect Africans both within and in the diaspora to harness the knowledge and full potential of the continent.
  • Share, learn and promote each others activities to increase the impact of projects from the continent.
  • Communicate the unified vision or goals to the rest of the Wikimedia Movement.

Wiki Indaba Steering Committee (WISCom)[edit]

The Wiki Indaba Steering Committee is responsible for supporting the organization of future Indaba(s), providing a unified voice for all organisations and will provide non-financial resources to all who associate with Wiki Indaba. The committee is made up of a representative of all past organizers of Wiki Indaba, a representative from the current LOC, 3 volunteer slots opened to all members from the continent and 2 WMF liaison roles.

The committee was formed as a result of constant burnout from previous organizers of the conference. A process was announced at the 2018 Wiki Indaba to initiate a steering committee to support future organizers.


  • Country Representation (Previous Organizers of the Conference)
  • 3 available slots for volunteers
  • 1 representative from the current organising committee.
  • 2 liaisons from the WMF

Selection Criteria & Guidelines[edit]

Country Representatives[edit]

  • The term of office is 2 years after which their organisation can have new elections to select a rep.
  • The affiliate is completely responsible for selecting this person
  • Can be replaced at the discretion of the affiliate, but a notice must be sent to the committee 3 months and accepted before any change is made. This applies only in cases of non-performance or no-confidence.


  • Volunteers will be appointed by the steering committee through an open application process.
  • Most volunteer roles span a tenure of only one year.
  • The role of the volunteer coordinator spans a tenure of one and half years maximum. This role is automatically awarded to the best candidate during the application process.

Representative from the current local organising committee[edit]

  • The representative will be appointed by the LOC through an election.
  • Representatives tenure is terminated at the end of the organising period, unless renewed by the host country/affiliate towards the capacity of a country representative.


  • Program officer of any grant project at the WMF
  • One other selection by the preference of the WMF

Roles of WISCom[edit]

  1. Focus on the programme and annual theme of the conference
  2. Management of scholarships application and awarding process
  3. Programmatic support between conferences
  4. Championing cross collaboration and cross affiliate partnerships across the continent and beyond.
  5. Gather learning patterns and share best practices
  6. Ensuring participation from the continent in other relevant regional collaboration programs
  7. Facilitate a bidding process for the selection of future hosts
  8. Marketing the event in countries that do not have a Wikipedia presence
  9. Support with the grant making process of the LOC

WISCom Timeline[edit]

User:DNdubane (WMF)User:WJifar (WMF)User:Olaniyan OlusholaUser:CsiscUser:GeugeorUser:Reda KerboucheUser:ZeinebtakoutiUser:FlixteyW:User:Bobbyshabangu


Current voting members marked in green; former in light green:    

Current non-voting advisers marked in gold (yellow-orange); former non-voting advisers in light orange (peach):    

Current Wikimedia Foundation staff liaisons marked in Red; former liaisons in (lighter) Red:    

Current non-voting observer members in gray:  

Administrative & other[edit]

Apply to be a member of WISCom
Wiki Indaba Present logo.jpg

See Wiki Indaba - Grants Tracker for reports of previous meeting grants spending