WikiAfrica is an international movement across the African continent and beyond that encourages individuals and organisations to create, expand and enhance online content on Wikipedia about Africa.

WikiAfrica is not owned by one organisation and it belongs to all people and organisations contributing to its scope. Select any of the tiles below to learn more.

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The WikiAfrica movement’s projects have developed, supported and mentored the growth of the Wikimedia movement in several countries. Learn more and see how to get involved!

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Bridges two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – in terms of content about these subjects and participation by people from these groups.

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A continent-wide online photographic competition that encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media around an annual theme.

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Provides an offline editable environment that enables new contributors to learn how to edit Wikipedia when access to power, technology and the internet is unavailable.

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The WikiAfrica movement’s projects have developed, supported and mentored the growth of the Wikimedia movement in several countries. Learn more and see how to get involved!

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An offline action pack that includes the WikiFundi editing environment and materials that allows for new editor training and contribution when power, technology and the internet fail.

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A multinational fun contest for students to learn how knowledge is built by contributing to Vikidia, the little sister of Wikipedia dedicated to children aged 8-15 years.

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Introducing schools to WikiFundi and Wikipedia by incorporating local article-writing programme into their curriculums to build the next generation of Wikipedians.

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The WikiAfrica Movement is not owned by one organisation. The WikiAfrica Movement is driven by the people and organisations contributing to its scope. Here are some of those organisations.

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Enable students, families and teachers to find the information they need on Wikipedia that supports the primary education in their country.

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Share Your Knowledge was a partnership with GLAMs contribute their African content to Wikipedia. The milestone of 20,000 contributions was achieved by November 2012.

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Kumusha Takes Wiki spins the frame to activate and support individuals to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities.

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A remix of the Libre Bus, designed for Africa to ensure collaboration between local members of the open community.

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Train, mentor and support Wikipedians in Residence as they hone the skills needed to develop long-term relationships that encourage cultural partners to release their content onto Wikipedia.

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A central resource hub that allows everyone to understand, engage with and enter the open movement in Africa, including working on Wikipedia and with Creative Commons.

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A series of training sessions in 2014 and 2015 that developed the skills of Wikipedians from across Africa


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WikiAfrica is an international movement that takes place on the African continent and beyond. It encourages individuals, interested groups and organisations to create, expand and enhance online content about Africa. This involves motivating for the representation of the continent’s contemporary realities and history, its peoples and its innovations on the world’s most used encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. WikiAfrica is not owned by one organisation and it belongs to all people and organisations contributing to its scope.

In its various guises and hosted at several institutions (including Lettera27, Africa Centre, Ynternet.org, and Wikimedia CH), the WikiAfrica movement has consistently instigated and led multi-faceted innovative projects. These projects have activated communities and driven content onto Wikipedia. Examples include Share Your Knowledge, #OpenAfrica training Courses and Toolkits, Kumusha Bus (in Ethiopia and Ghana), WikiEntrepreneur (in Ethiopia and Malawi), Kumusha Takes Wiki (Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda) and Wiki Loves Africa.

Over 2016/17 it is working on Wiki Loves Women (in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut), WikiPack Africa, WikiFundi and the WikiChallenge African Schools (funded by the Orange Foundation), WikiAfrica Schools (funded by lettera27), Wikipedia Primary (funded by SUPSI) and Wiki Loves Africa (funded by Wikimedia Foundation).

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More about The Impact of WikiAfrica

WikiAfrica was started in 2006 as a collaboration between Wikimedia IT and lettera27, since then – via the support of several organisations and the work of a few people – it has grown to embrace the continent and build communities. It has been pivotal in driving the current contributions done by communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Wiki Africa movement timeline 2006-2017

The projects detailed below form the main backbone of the WikiAfrica movement. They have all been conceptualised, instigated and led by three members of Wiki In Africa, although until 2017 through the agency or fiscal sponsorship of different organisations.

2006

  • WikiAfrica is launched by lettera27 Foundation in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia, led by Iolanda Pensa.

2009

  • A 30’000 African contributions to Wikimedia projects by 2012 milestone is set.

2011

  • The Africa Centre begins working on WikiAfrica projects, led by Isla Haddow-Flood.
  • Share Your Knowledge is launched to involve cultural institutions in contributing to the WikiAfrica milestone.

2012

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2014 

2015

  • The OpenAfrica15, a week-long WIR training course training 6 Wikipedians across Africa at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.
  • 2015. The second edition of Wiki Loves Africa photographic competition is held and completed under the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment.

2016

2017

  • Wiki In Africa is registered as an NGO in South Africa.
  • Official launch of WikiFundi, a software that provides off-line editing environment that mimics the Wikipedia environment.
  • #16WikiWomen translation drive is held to celebrate International Women’s Day for Wiki Loves Women.

WikiAfrica projects across Africa since 2013

Hosts and Partners

The organisations that have hosted or are collaborating on Wiki Africa projects include:

Credit: This website is managed and run by Wiki In Africa in order to ensure all contributions to WikiAfrica are recorded.