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.
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. Click on the logos below to know more about each programme.
IN SUPPORT OF THE WIKIAFRICA MOVEMENT
Wiki in Africa is a new non-profit association. She needs your support. If you like what we are doing, do not hesitate to follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or forward our newsletter to your loved ones. You can also make a donation, which will be very much appreciated.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ...
We are only as successful as the impact we have on communities across Africa. Here you can see what people say about our projects from within the projects and from the Wikimedia movement.
“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
“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 programmeAbimbola Junaid, Arise Nigerian Women Foundation
“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.”
THE ORGANISATIONS THAT SUPPORT OUR WORK
We could not do what we do and make the impact we make on Africa's knowledge and stories without the support and collaboration of these organisations. They are the backbone of our work.