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.
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.
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
Main image: Kevin Flood (Creative Flood), with NounProject Icons. Africa book: Africa Reinvented by Keri Muller (copyright Keri Muller http://simpleintrigue.com)/
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 www.jennychisom.com
Abimbola Junaid: photo courtesy of Centre for Global Solutions and Sustainable Development (CENGSSUD)
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
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
Title image: WikiAfrica Storytelling Workshop at African School For Excellence by Siphosihle Khwanazi for www.lettera27.org (CC-BY-SA)
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