Intro: Wiki In Africa

Intro: Wiki In Africa

Wiki In Africa, a non-profit organisation that is based in South Africa, was founded in November 2016 as a financial and legal structure that operates global initiatives in support of the WikiAfrica movement. Our objective is to empower and engage citizens of Africa and its diaspora to collect, develop and contribute educational and relevant content that relates to the theme of Africa under a free license; and to engage in global knowledge systems by encouraging access to, awareness of, and support for open knowledge, the open movement and the Wikimedia projects, working in collaboration with like-minded organisations.
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Our Focus

To know

Establishing, through research, the gaps in knowledge that exists on Wikipedia about each country and community in Africa and find innovative and unexpected ways of drawing this information onto Wikipedia

Knowledge contribution

Assist and support the contribution, uploading and expansion of content that already resides in heritage, culture, news-gathering and academic institutions across Africa.

Activate new Wikipedians

Activate, train and support a self-sustaining new generation of dedicated and proactive Wikipedian editors from across the continent that are able to generate new articles and subjects relevant to contemporary Africa by changing online behaviour and offline attitudes to knowledge.

Seed Wikimedian groups

Activate and support the growth of new User Groups and Wikimedia Chapters across Africa to effectively organise, deploy and reward these new editors through national and continental activities.

PROGRAMMES

Sharing the wealth and diversity of Africa’s knowledge, history, culture and contemporary reality through online contribution is a mammoth task. To achieve as broad an impact as possible, Wiki in Africa takes a multi-pronged approach – working with aligned partners to activate Africa through a network of grant-funded, staffed projects. Though each individual initiative is designed to stand alone, they all aim to accelerate the growth of online communities and encourage a culture of contribution from Africa to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects.
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  • “We are really looking forward to how it is being used and how it will be used by our communities in places where internet connectivity and access is not reliable. We think this is a great way to expand our ability to bring the sum of all knowledge to all people, but really the exciting thing for us, is that for Wikimedians it is not just about creating knowledge or reading knowledge, it is about sharing in knowledge. WikiFundi offers the opportunity for people to share.”

     

    Katherine Maher
    Katherine Maher
    Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, on WikiFundi
  • “From the bottom of our hearts at Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, we say a very big thank you for our participation in the Edit a Thon, it’s fired us up to look forward to the work to be done on women in politics and governance in Nigeria.” About the Wiki Loves Women programme

    Abimbola Junaid, Arise Nigerian Women Foundation
    Abimbola Junaid, Arise Nigerian Women Foundation
    CEO
  • “WikiLovesWomen project is a laudable one for women like me especially who literally live online and creating content. This workshop just gave me a new technical skill and I am glad to be a wikipedian. I learnt to upload pictures on wiki commons, edit articles and hope to get my hands on writing for wikipedia Igbo, my beloved language. It is quite time consuming but worth it.”

    Jenny Chisom, Blogger, Blogger-Community Organiser, Editor, Gender harmony advocate
    Jenny Chisom, Blogger, Blogger-Community Organiser, Editor, Gender harmony advocate
    Designer