Africa Environment/Partners

Africa Environment WikiFocus Celebrates Wangari Maathai Day

“No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for. The silver lining will come, if not to us then to next generation or the generation after that. And maybe with that generation the lining will no longer be thin.” ― Wangari Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir

Content partners

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In order to ensure quality, researched content and experts are involved, and the Wikimedia network expansion, the teams across all levels (from AKI Working Group to local community teams) will endeavour to partner with existing Africa-based Climate and Environmental Organisations and NGOs, and academic and research institutions.

Alliances

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There are additional “aligned interventions” with existing Wikimedia community programs that will augment the content contributed through the Africa Environment Drives. These aligned interventions will assist with visibility about the Project, drive additional contribution and improve the quality of the final contributions.

Principal partners

The Africa Environment WikiFocus is made up of multiple partners working at different levels to organise and activate the project. The Africa Environment WikiFocus Organisers (Wiki In Africa and Wikimedia Usergroup Côte d’Ivoire) conceptualised and activated the WikiFocus, after a successful application to the African Knowledge Initiative Working Group Members (African Union and WMF).

The WikiFocus has been activated by Wikimedia communities across Africa after successful applications were vetted and chosen. These micrograntees are the local organisers for the project. In addition, there are content partner who were approached by Wiki In Africa during the project period, and local partners who are detailed on each microgrant-funded project's Final Report.

Organising Partners: Africa Environment WikiFocus

Wiki In Africa

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. The WikiAfrica movement is a collective of interventions that supports the aims and development of the Wikimedia movement and community across the geographical space of Africa.

Team members: Florence Devouard, Isla Haddow-Flood, Nonny Ntlahla, Clementine Nyirahabihirwe

Wikimedia Community UserGroup Côte d’Ivoire

Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d’Ivoire Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire (WCUG-CI), an independent group of volunteer Wikimedians, is an officially recognized Wikimedia user group for Wikimedians living in, or connected to Côte d'Ivoire

Team members:

Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI) Working Group

The Wikimedia Foundation collaborates with the African Union on the Africa Knowledge Initiative (AKI). This initiative is targeted at increasing coverage of African topics on the Wikimedia projects. It is intended as a high level framework for collaboration, with the details to be filled in by implementing partners and communities, which will provide opportunities for Wikimedians to access resources, to tap unique African Union publications and data sources, to recruit and train high-potential contributors, and to hone strategies for targeting topics for impact.

Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is a non-profit organization registered in the USA, hosting websites known as the “Wikimedia projects”, such as Wikipedia and Wikinews, as well as this website, Meta-Wiki. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, USA. Official information about the Foundation may be found at the Foundation website.

African Union

The African Union (AU) is a continental union consisting of 55 member states located on the continent of Africa. The AU was announced in the Sirte Declaration in Sirte, Libya, on 9 September 1999, calling for the establishment of the African Union. The bloc was founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa.[1]

The intention of the AU was to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa by 32 signatory governments; the OAU was disbanded on 9 July 2002. The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states.

More information about the African Union


Local partners

A call for microgrants for local organisers went out in January 2023. Here is the final list of local organisers participating in the project.

# Country Language Names Username
1 Botswana English - Setswana Oteng Tiro Sandra Kolobetso Kolobetsoo
2 Burundi French - Kurundi Ferdinand IRANKUNDA Ferdinand IF99
3 Cameroun French Lontsie Minette Minette
4 Côte d’Ivoire French Aman Ado Aman ADO
5 DRC French Valentin Nasibu It VALENTIN NVJ
6 Ghana English - Gurene Fuseini Dipantiche Mohammed Naporoo Kamal-Deen Shitobu Dnshitobu
7 Ghana English - Akan Thomas Tawiah Baah Baah Thomas
8 Guinée French - Fulfulbe Mamadou Saidou Keita Sayd224
9 Malawi English - ChiChewa Mutisunge Michael Etter-Phoya Michaelphoya
10 Nigeria English Obiageli Ezeilo .S. Oby Ezeilo
11 Nigeria English Godstime Elijah Godstime Elijah
12 Nigeria English - Igbo Kingsley Nkem Kingsley Nkem
13 Rwanda English Germain mutijima Germain92
14 Rwanda English - Kinyarwanda Alice Mukesh Alice.Mukesh
15 Tanzania English - Swahili Justine Msechu Justine Msechu
16 Togo French - Ewe Emmanuel Agbemadon Skelebee
17 Zimbabwe English Sichelesile Similo Ndlovu Sichelesile
Other Partners

Are external organizations which joined the project as partners with regards to content, intelligence and focused communities.

African Women Activists: WoMin

African Women Activists: WoMin Logo

WoMin are a team of activists, thinkers, practitioners and researchers from across the continent and around he World.

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use: WASCAL

WASCAL-LOGO

Who are WASCAL?

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Centre designed to help tackle this challenge and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability.
  1. Thabo Mbeki (9 July 2002). "Launch of the African Union, 9 July 2002: Address by the chairperson of the AU, President Thabo Mbeki". ABSA Stadium, Durban, South Africa: africa-union.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.