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 […]See details
Trained, mentored and supported Wikipedians in Residence as they honed the skills needed to develop long-term relationships that encouraged cultural partners to release their content onto Wikipedia. The project employed two Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) – Abel Asrat in Ethiopia and Michael Phoya in Malawi. The year programme was to work collaboratively with cultural organisations in order […]See details
WikiAfrica Schools uses WikiFundi to introduce Wikipedia to school children by incorporating local article-writing programme into their curriculums to build the next generation of Wikipedians. WikiAfrica Schools supports the teacher’s mission to introduce global knowledge systems to their students by encouraging their students to write Wikipedia articles. During the programme, they learn the best practices and tools that […]See details
WikiChallenge African Schools is a multi-national contest that creates a fun way for students to learn how knowledge is built by contributing to Vikidia, the little sister of Wikipedia dedicated to children aged 8-15 years. The contest challenges schools across the continent to compete by writing Vikidia articles about something of importance in their area. […]See details
Wikipack Africa is an offline action pack that contains the WikiFundi software, materials and content that facilitates the outreach work done by local Wikimedia chapters and user groups, or isolated individuals in African countries. This pack allows for new editor training and contribution to continue when technology fails or is inadequate, the internet is inaccessible, or […]See details
This project sets out to provide students, families and teachers the information on Wikipedia that is required to complete the cycle of primary education in their country, in their language. Wikipedia aims to be an educational tool and it is available online, via mobile phones and offline. Experiences have shown, however, that once accessible, […]See details
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. In Africa, access to electricity, technology and internet connectivity often fails or is not available at all. Driven by the belief that this should not prevent new editors from being […]See details
Wiki Loves Women bridges two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women and Africa – in terms of content about these subjects and participation by people from these groups. Gender inequality is rife across Africa. The Wiki Loves Women project focuses on tackling this issue by bridging two significant gaps on Wikimedia projects – women […]See details
A continent-wide online competition that encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media (photos, video or audio) around an annual theme. Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest that gives everyone across the African continent an opportunity to share media that is relevant to their experience. These photographs, video and audio files are contributed to Wikimedia […]See details
A partnership with cultural institutions, such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums (known as GLAMs) across Europe and Africa. WikiAfrica’s Share Your Knowledge ( SYK) project worked with cultural institutions to enhance the ability of the institution’s African content to reach new audiences by making them available on Wikipedia. A milestone of 20,000 content pieces was surpassed in November […]See details
A remix of the Libre Bus, designed for Africa to ensure collaboration between local members of the open community. Kumusha Bus creates a journey into the Open Movement in Africa. Along the journey, the members of the bus (made up of aligned open movement advocates) share aspects of the Open Movement with each other. Each […]See details
Kumusha Takes Wiki spun the frame to activate and support individuals to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities. Kumusha Takes Wiki activated citizens of a Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda in 2014. The project required that the people who hold the knowledge of an area (village, town, peri-urban settlement, inner-city suburb, […]See details
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: