A series of training sessions in 2014 and 2015 that developed the skills of Wikipedians from across Africa. #OpenAfrica14 took place over 4 weeks in Cape Town with delegates from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. #OpenAfrica14 was conceptualised by WikiAfrica was supported by Creative Commons South Africa, Prins Claus Fons and Fondation Orange. In 2015, #OpenAfrica15 took...
A series of training sessions in 2014 and 2015 that developed the skills of Wikipedians from across Africa. #OpenAfrica14 took place over 4 weeks in Cape Town with delegates from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. #OpenAfrica14 was conceptualised by WikiAfrica was supported by Creative Commons South Africa, Prins Claus Fons and Fondation Orange.
In 2015, #OpenAfrica15 took place at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg in December 2014 focussed on training Wikipedians in Residence and had two delegates from South Africa, and delegates from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. A wikipedian trainer, Gereon Kalkuhl.
#OpenAfrica15 was conceptualised by WikiAfrica in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, and supported by Creative Commons South Africa.
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).
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 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.
The organisations that have hosted or are collaborating on Wiki Africa projects include: