Supporting the WikiAfrica and Open movements across Africa

Wiki In Africa, a non-profit organisation that is based in South Africa, was founded in November 2016 and legally registered in March 2017 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.

Encourage new Wikipedians

Activate, train and support a self-sustaining generation of new, dedicated and proactive Wikipedian editors from across the continent who are can generate new articles and subjects relevant to contemporary Africa

Support the donation of existing content

Encourage the donation of content that already resides in heritage, cultural, news-gathering and academic institutions across Africa to Wikipedia.

Wiki In Africa continues the work of the projects that its lead people have conceptualised and developed. The main reason behind setting up Wiki In Africa is for an organisation’s focus to be entirely devoted to the mission, and not just be a sideshow or viewed as a “project”. Another reason is to allow the NGO to grow as the work is successful and the Wikimedia volunteer communities and projects develop and mature.

This organisation has been founded as a voluntary association to maintain the movement’s flexible nature. It is hoped and expected that the membership will expand once the organisation is sustainable and as it matures.

The association

Wiki In Africa is a non-profit voluntary association that is based in South Africa. It is a financial and legal structure that operates global initiatives in support of the WikiAfrica movement.

Key dates for Wiki In Africa:

• 11 November 2016: Founding AGM meetup in Cape Town with Iolanda Pensa, Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood

• 23 March 2017: South Africa’s Department of Social Security authorises the registration of Wiki In Africa as a voluntary organisation and official NPO (187-625 NPO).


• Non-profit voluntary organisation registered in South Africa

• Registration number: 187-625 NPO

Key documents and charters

The Wiki In Africa official status document

The Wiki In Africa constitution

The Wiki In Africa Code of Conduct

The Team

Isla Haddow-Flood
Chair • Advancement and Project lead

A Zimbabwean by birth, and a Capetonian by adoption, Oxford-educated Isla Haddow-Flood is a writer, editor and project strategist who is passionate about harnessing communication technology and media platforms for the advancement of open access to knowledge; specifically, knowledge that relates to and enhances the understanding of Africa via the Open Movement (and especially Wikipedia)

Since 2011, Isla has been working to Activate Africa. Working with members of the WikiAfrica movement, she has conceptualised and instigated #OpenAfrica, Kumusha Bus and WikiEntrepreneur. She has also been the co-leader of projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (annual photographic contest), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalists in Africa collecting freely-licensed content). In 2016, Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia) and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).

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Florence Devouard
Chair: Scientific Committee
• Engagement and Project Lead

A Wikipedian since 2002, a former Chair of Wikimedia Foundation and a founding member of Wikimedia France, Florence Devouard was born in France where she currently lives. She is a public speaker and a consultant. She helps organisations to discover and implement new internet-based tools. Above everything, she loves to share her knowledge of new practices and online communities. She cares for language diversity and multicultural dialogue, and is a supporter of the open-source and free knowledge movement. Since 2013,

Florence is the co-leader on projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (photographic contest in Africa), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalism to collect and create freely-licensed content in Africa). She also participates as the Scientific Collaborator at SUSPI to the Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP research programme (developing and evaluating a system to assess Wikipedia articles for primary education in South Africa). In 2016,  Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia) and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).

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Iolanda Pensa
Founder • Project Lab

Iolanda Pensa was born in Switzerland and currently lives in Milan, Italy. Beginning in high school, she’s traveled everywhere from the U.S. to the U.K. and from Russia to Africa.

An active Wikipedia contributor since 2006, Iolanda is deeply involved with the WikiAfrica project, but is also a researcher and art critic. She is currently based at SUPSI in Switzerland leading the Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme.  She was also the lead organiser for Wikimania Esino Lario in 2016.

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Rachel Zadok

Rachel Zadok is the author of two novels: Gem Squash Tokoloshe (2005), shortlisted for The Whitbread First Novel Award and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award; and Sister-sister (2013), shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and The Herman Charles Bosman Prize, and longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. She is also the managing editor of Short Story Day Africa, a project to promote African writing using the medium of the short story. As managing editor she has published four anthologies, Feast, Famine & Potluck (2014),  Terra Incognita: New Speculative Fiction from Africa (2015), Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (2016). Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa (2017). ID: New Short Fiction from Africa is due out in 2018. In 2014, she extended the project to include Creative Flow Workshops, and over the past two years has run workshops in ten countries on the African continent.

She attended the Caine Prize Workshop in 2012, was a Sylt Foundation Writer in Residence and the Rhine-South Africa Fellow in 2015, and attended the Sylt Foundation’s “Transformation And Identity – Trauma And Reconciliation” workshop in Myanmar in 2018. She lives in Cape Town.

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Emma Kaye

Emma Kaye is currently Executive Director of the Cape Digital Foundation. She is also the founder and CEO of Bozza a mobile platform which enables artists in Africa the ability to self publish and distribute directly to their audiences. It is the platform to discover the next generation of talent. Focused on contextually relevant content, Bozza is the digital marketplace for African media and entertainment.

Before setting out to give sustainable business direction to an African mobile brand Emma co-founded Triggerfish Animation Studios, an entrepreneurial, independent film & entertainment company based in Cape Town.  In May 2007 Emma founded Gate7 a new media, content and mobility company featuring three main streams of involvement: mobile consulting in the business of entertainment and social community; full implementation capacity of mobile strategies; and ground breaking social development, utilizing the mobile platform. And in 2008 she co-founded Mobfest – Africa’s first User Generated Mobile Content platform. The first channel, a Novel Idea, was launched to provide serialised fiction written specifically for access on mobile phones.

Much awarded, Emma was elected as one of the top 50 women globally in Mobile Entertainment in 2009 and 2010, was selected by the Mail & Guardian as one of South Africa’s top business women in 2010, and in the top five most influential Women in Africa within the field of Science and Technology for 2011.  She sat as a Juror of Digital Emmy Awards in February 2014.  Emma graduated from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 1991 with a BA (HONS) in Business and Computer programming.

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Welcome page

Main image: Kevin Flood (Creative Flood), with NounProject Icons. Africa book: Africa Reinvented by Keri Muller (copyright Keri Muller
Group image: Wiki Loves Women teams from Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria at the Kickstarter Constitution Hill Visit and Edit-a-thon. image: Isla Haddow-Flood. CC-BY-SA
four icons: from the noun project
Jenny Chisom: photo courtesy of
Abimbola Junaid: photo courtesy of Centre for Global Solutions and Sustainable Development (CENGSSUD)

About page

Title image: File:20161223-IMG 0136_Drumming by Obe Images CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
two icons: from the noun project
Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood photos:taken at Wiki Indaba 2017 by ZMcCune (WMF), CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
Iolanda Pensa photo: Iolanda Pensa-229.jpg Created by Adam Novak for Wikimedia Foundation CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons

Why page

Title image: Downtown Kigali through broken wing mirror 2 by Kigali Wire (CC-BY-NC), via Flickr

Our Focus page

Title image:Nubian flute player by Ahmed Emad H Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA) Wikimedia Commons, Organisers Prize Winner, Wiki Loves Africa 2016

Programmes page

Title image: WikiAfrica Storytelling Workshop at African School For Excellence by Siphosihle Khwanazi for (CC-BY-SA)

WikiAfrica page

Title image: Impact of WikiAfrica 2012-17 by Isla Haddow-Flood (CC-BY-SA) using A large blank worldmap with oceans marked in blue by User:Petr Dlouhy, Wikimedia Commons