Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/General Support Fund/GOIF 2024 Annual Grant

GOIF 2024 Annual Grant
start date2024-01-012024-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2024-12-312024-01-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)910070 GHS
amount requested (USD)79540.12 USD [note 1]
amount recommended (USD)79430.91
amount recommended (local currency)910070 GHS
grant typeNonprofit organization with Wikimedia mission
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 1
organization (if applicable)Global-Open Initiative Foundation

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Global-Open Initiative Foundation
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Main proposal

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
GOIF 2024 Annual Grant
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
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5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

The Global Open Initiative's mission is to empower Ghanaian youth through volunteering, providing opportunities for them to contribute to open-source projects like Wikipedia while gaining valuable skills and experiences. In our pursuit of this mission, we have established partnerships with various institutions. Therefore, in 2024, we are dedicated to sustaining our partnerships with these institutions, democratising access to information, preserving cultural heritage, fostering community engagement and female participation in Ghana. We propose a multi-faceted project aimed at achieving these goals through four distinct programs. Each program is designed to address specific challenges and leverage unique strategies to maximise impact.

Program 1: GOIF and Partners (Nubuke, Ghana Library Authority, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)) Workshop and Editathon Series Nubuke Art and Artist Wikidata Program: This program focuses on uploading Wikidata Items related to Ghanaian art and artists. Building on our past programs with the institutions of Wikipedia (2022) and Wiki Commons (2023), we now turn our attention to Wikidata in 2024. We intend to organise a series of four workshops and two contests with the goal of contributing more than 300 items of artwork. We also intend to applaud females who participate in our workshops and provide a special award category for females who participate in our contest

Ghana Library Authority Wikisource and Wikidata Program: This program aims to explore Wikisource, introduce librarians to Mix and Match, and continue uploading items on Wikidata with a focus on library books. It also seeks to connect librarians with the Wiki Librarians user group. In view of this, we will be organising five workshops, each with three library institutions and CSIR, along with one contest for each of the four institutions. These workshops will cover an introduction to Wiki Source, digitization, proofreading, and complying with copyright guidelines and will include practical exercises and demonstrations to reinforce learning. In the organisation of our workshops, we will continue our practice of assigning roles and tasks to volunteers, especially women who are interested in taking up certain roles, such as facilitating the workshop for today, assisting other volunteers etc. CSIR Wikidata Enrichment Program: Our program involves continuing their project of uploading items on Wikidata using Open Refine and exposing participants to Wikidata queries. Challenges Knowledge Accessibility: There is limited access to Ghanaian art and artists' information, historical books, and scientific data. By contributing to Wikidata, Wikisource, and Open Refine, participants will make valuable resources freely available to Ghanaians and the global audience at large, promoting knowledge accessibility.

Copyright Compliance: Knowledge about copyrights is low, and it's crucial for us as contributors to open knowledge to know more about copyrights. By introducing copyrights to volunteers, it will greatly impact their work and help them avoid legal issues.

Sustaining volunteers and partners: sustaining volunteers and partners has been a challenge; therefore, by introducing volunteers to other Wikimedia projects, usergroups, and initiatives, they are able to find new avenues for contribution, collaborate, and have a sense of belonging. Strategies Training and Workshops: All three programs will incorporate training and workshops, both online and offline, to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage effectively with Wikidata, Wikisource, Mix and Match, Open Refine, and other relevant tools. Contests: The Nubuke and Effutu program will include contests as a strategy to motivate and engage participants in contributing to Wikidata, encouraging healthy competition and content creation. Experienced Contributors: We will depend on experienced contributors and experts, such as WikiSource contributors and librarians, as a key strategy to guide and mentor participants, enhancing the quality and impact of the programs. Collaboration and Networking: The Ghana Library Authority program emphasises increasing connection and collaboration with other librarians through workshops and engagement with the Wiki Librarians user group.

Progam 2 Democratising Access to Supreme Court Cases through Wikidata: This program is aimed at democratising access to Ghana's Supreme Court cases through Wikidata, an invaluable free database for both the local Ghanaian community and the global arena. This initiative builds upon our prior success in uploading over 600 Ghana's Supreme Court cases to Wikidata and takes a significant step forward in harnessing the potential of Wikidata beyond its traditional Wiki spaces. By developing a user-friendly web app driven by Wikidata's SPARQL queries, we aim to create an extensive repository of Ghanaian Supreme Court cases, fostering greater accessibility and understanding.

Challenge Supreme Court cases are vital for legal professionals, scholars, and society, shaping legal standards and discussions. Yet, limited access to past Ghanaian Supreme Court cases hinders their full potential. Our project aims to bridge this gap by creating an accessible database, enhancing legal research, education, and public empowerment.

Strategies Organising gatherings to engage tech professionals and introduce them to Wikidata. Providing comprehensive training on utilising the Wikidata Query Service. Facilitating collaborative efforts to develop a user-friendly web app. Conducting thorough quality assurance testing to ensure seamless functionality. Documenting and sharing the process within the Wikimedia movement. Seeking feedback from users and stakeholders to refine the platform.

Program 3 Twi Wikipedia Health Articles Enhancement The "Drugs and Diseases (Twi Translatathon) for Our Twi Community" project is designed to address the content gap on Twi Wikipedia related to drugs and diseases while simultaneously enhancing the quality of corresponding articles on English Wikipedia. Wikipedia has been in existence for several years but lacks comprehensive content and updates in these critical areas. The project targets regions in Ghana with a substantial Twi-speaking population, enabling local contributors to enrich articles in their native dialect. This initiative not only seeks to engage both new and experienced Twi contributors but also aims to raise awareness about the existence of a local Wikipedia platform.

Challenges Content Gap: Twi Wikipedia lacks adequate coverage of topics related to drugs and diseases, limiting access to critical health information for Twi-speaking communities. Limited Community Engagement: The project aims to address the challenge of limited community engagement on Twi Wikipedia, particularly in regions where Twi is widely spoken. Health Knowledge Dissemination: The rise in local TV programs and institutions delivering health information in Twi highlights the growing need for reliable and accessible health content in the language.

Strategies Content Creation: Engage Twi-speaking contributors to create approximately 400 articles on diseases and drugs on Twi Wikipedia. Quality Improvement: Simultaneously enhance corresponding articles on English Wikipedia to ensure consistency and accuracy. Community Engagement: Organise events, workshops, and outreach efforts to introduce new contributors and further engage experienced editors. Collaboration: Foster collaboration with local health professionals, educators, and media outlets to promote health knowledge dissemination in Twi. Awareness Campaign: Raise awareness about Twi Wikipedia's existence and its potential as a valuable resource.

Documentation of Fabric Weaving Types in Ghana This program is aimed at preserving and showcasing the diverse fabric weaving techniques and traditions practised across different regions of Ghana. This project seeks to capture the intricacies of weaving methods, patterns, historical significance, and cultural context, ensuring that this valuable heritage is preserved for future generations. We intend to visit the following weaving communities; Kente Weaving Communities (Adanwomase, Bonwire, Ntonso Agotime-Kpetoe) and Ewe Kente Weaving Communities (Agbozume,Tegbi, Denu).

Challenges Preservation of Weaving Traditions: The project will address the challenge of preserving and safeguarding the rich fabric weaving traditions that are at risk of being lost or forgotten.

Documentation Gap: There is a lack of comprehensive documentation of the weaving techniques, tools, and cultural significance associated with these traditions, hindering their recognition and understanding.

Strategies Field Research: Organise research teams of experienced volunteers to visit weaving communities across Ghana and engage with local artisans to gather firsthand knowledge about weaving techniques. Interviews: Conduct interviews with master weavers, artisans, and community members to collect information about the cultural context and historical importance of each weaving tradition. Documentation: Capture high-quality photographs, videos, and written descriptions of weaving processes, tools, materials, and finished products. Share this documentation on Wikipedia (Twi and English) and WikiCommons. Archiving: Create a centralised digital archive with well-organised categories for each weaving technique, ensuring accessibility for researchers, educators, and the general public. Collaboration: Collaborate with local experts, cultural organisations, and academic institutions to ensure accurate representation and interpretation of weaving traditions.

Program 5 Wiki clubs Ghana The Wiki in Ghanaian Schools project aims to introduce university students and professionals in Ghana to the advantages of using Wikipedia and Wikidata for research and writing purposes. This initiative is designed to enhance participants' writing, communication, and leadership skills while fostering a sense of achievement through contributions to open knowledge. Additionally, the project seeks to promote the use of open-source information, contributing to research transparency. During the implementation of this project there will be focus on the contribution of gender related articles .

Challenges to Be Addressed: Limited Awareness: Many students and professionals in Ghana are unaware of the potential benefits of utilizing Wikipedia and Wikidata for academic and research purposes. This lack of awareness hinders their access to valuable open-source information.

Writing Proficiency: Students often struggle with writing skills, including proper citation practices and the use of reliable sources. These challenges hinder their ability to contribute high-quality content to Wikipedia.

Low Article Quality: There's a shortage of well-researched and well-written articles related to Ghanaian culture, history, and current events on Wikipedia and Wikidata. This deficiency limits access to accurate and comprehensive information about the country.

Research Transparency: Encouraging the use of open-source information and promoting research transparency are ongoing challenges within academic and professional circles in Ghana.

Strategies: Awareness Campaigns: Conduct targeted awareness campaigns within universities and professional networks to inform students and professionals about the benefits of Wikipedia and Wikidata for research and writing.

Workshops and Seminars: Organize a series of workshops and seminars covering the basics of Wikipedia and Wikidata, including account creation, article editing, citation practices, and source evaluation.

Training Programs: Offer training programs on writing high-quality Wikipedia articles, emphasizing proper citation and source reliability, to equip participants with essential writing skills.

Student Research Projects: Assign research projects to students that require them to create and edit Wikipedia articles related to Ghanaian culture, history, and current events. Encourage collaboration among students and instructors to enhance the quality of contributions.

Student Leader Network: Establish a network of student leaders passionate about the project's objectives. These leaders will serve as project ambassadors, promoting Wikipedia and Wikidata within their communities and providing ongoing support to participants.

Program 6 Nzema Workshops The Nzema Workshops project is a dedicated effort aimed at creating content in the Nzema language, one of West Africa's indigenous languages spoken in Ghana and Ivory Coast. This initiative aligns with Wikimedia’s broader mission of preserving and promoting local languages. The project's initial success involved workshops conducted by the GOIF Twi team in collaboration with the Nzema department at the University of Education in Adjumako. Together, they contributed a number of words to Translatewiki and achieved over 400,000 edits in 2023. Building on this foundation, the project intends to organize comprehensive training sessions for students, equipping them with the skills needed to create Wikipedia pages in the Nzema language.

Challenges to Be Addressed: Language Preservation: Indigenous languages like Nzema are at risk of declining and becoming endangered. The project seeks to address this challenge by actively contributing to the preservation and promotion of the Nzema language.

Limited Awareness and Skills: Many students may lack awareness of the importance of contributing to indigenous language content and may lack the necessary skills to do so effectively.

Content Gaps: The Nzema Wikipedia likely has gaps in content, particularly in areas such as parliamentary information and cultural topics related to Nzema culture and history.

Strategies: The Nzema Editathons project will employ the following strategies to overcome these challenges:

Workshops and Training: Conduct a series of six workshops, three online and three offline, to educate students on the importance of preserving the Nzema language and provide them with the skills required to create Wikipedia pages in Nzema.

Contests: Organize two contests aimed at encouraging participants to contribute more content to the Nzema Wikipedia, focusing on topics like the Ghanaian parliament and various aspects of Nzema culture and history.

Impact By embarking on the following projects, we achieve the following impact: Enhanced Data and Information Literacy: Participants in these projects will develop skills to find, evaluate, use, and contribute to digital data and information resources, thereby improving data and information literacy.

Empowering Women: By highlighting the participation of women, especially in our Nubuke Art and Artist Wikidata Program and the Ghana Library Authority Wikisource and Wikidata Program, we will empower and encourage female participation.

Increased Knowledge Accessibility: Through initiatives like Wikidata and Wikisource programs, we will provide valuable access to information on Ghanaian art, artists, Supreme Court cases, health topics, and fabric weaving techniques. Thereby promoting knowledge accessibility for Ghanaians and a global audience.

Improve sense of belonging: With our focus on increasing connection and collaboration with other librarians through workshops and engagement with the Wiki Librarians user group as well as engagement with experienced volunteers, we would be encouraging a sense of belonging and encouraging contributions to open knowledge.

The intended approaches for measuring the aforementioned impacts are as follows:

Enhanced Data and Information Literacy

Pre-and Post-Workshop Assessments: We will conduct assessments before and after our workshops to measure participants' baseline data and information literacy skills and track improvements.

Feedback Surveys: We will gather feedback from participants on the effectiveness of the training sessions and the applicability of the acquired skills in real-world scenarios.

Empowering Women

Participation Metrics: We will track the number of women involved in the Nubuke Art and Artist Wikidata Program and the Ghana Library Authority Wikisource and Wikidata Program to measure the impact on female participation.

Qualitative Feedback: Collect qualitative feedback from female participants about how their involvement in these programs has empowered them and contributed to their professional or personal growth.

Increased Knowledge Accessibility

Usage Analytics: We will monitor the usage of Wikidata and Wikisource platforms to understand how many people are accessing the information related to Ghanaian art, Supreme Court cases, health topics, and fabric weaving techniques.

Surveys and Interviews: We will conduct surveys or interviews to gather feedback from users about the usefulness of the provided information and its impact on their knowledge.

Improve Sense of Belonging

Community Engagement Metrics: We will track the number of librarians participating in workshops, the Wiki Librarians user group, and collaborations with experienced volunteers.

Community Surveys: Conduct surveys within the librarian community to measure the perceived sense of belonging and the extent to which individuals feel encouraged to contribute to open knowledge.

9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education Yes
Culture, heritage or GLAM Yes
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement No
Participation in campaigns and contests Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Wiki Club, Editing Wikipedia Training, Translation, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs, Other Wikimedia project programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Vocational, tertiary, or higher education
Other groups if any: N/A

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Documenting or incubating languages on Wikimedia projects, Introducing new approaches to underrepresented culture and heritage, e.g. decolonising or reparative work; oral and visual knowledge; outreach to communities of origin, indigenous and first nations self-determination, Supporting institutions to open up their collections, data, metadata, and research, Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs, Partnering with institutions, professional associations, and allied organizations to raise awareness of open culture, ethical sharing, and related issues
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Bringing in women and/or gender diverse participants and editors, Focusing on creating content about women and/or gender diverse groups, including biographies, intersectional topic areas and/or adding images, Focusing on creating content about marginalized (underrepresented) communities and their knowledge, Building organizer skills in women and diversity groups, Fomenting female leadership within the movement (either staff, members or boards)
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary, Art+Feminism
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
11. Describe your team. (required)

Emmanuel Yeboah (User: Kinvidia)- Project manager (Paid) Harriet Henry Bayel (User: Mwintirew)- Executive Director, In charge of Finance and Logistics Jemima Antwi (User: Jemima2019)- Project Lead for Twi Community/Jury (Paid) Abigail Darko (en:User:Amoaniwaa)- Graphic Designer/build pages, other maintenance, Twi Professional(Paid) Yvonne Darko (en:User:Naa2Darkoa)- Trainer and workshop facilitator Mustapha (User:Sunkanmi12)- Communications manager, facilitator and Project lead for Wiki Clubs Gabriel Amuzu (:en:User:Amuzujoe)- Photographer and Facilitator Valentine Badu (:en:User:Valentine Badu)- Twi Professional, Facilitate Twi Wikipedia training Nadaine (:en:User:Warmglow)- Twi Trainer and workshop facilitator Fatai Quadri Kayode (:en:User:Elkay20)- Facilitation/Outreach Abdulfatai Nimot (:en:User:Nimot123) - Facilitation/Logistics Irfan AbdulWahab (:en:User:Awahab515)- Welfare/Facilitation Ibrahim Itqaan (:en:User:Itqaan) - Welfare/Facilitation Gereon Kalkuhl (:en:User:Gereon_K.) - Advisor Greg McVerry (:en:User:Jgmac1106) - Advisor Mohammed Sadat Abdulai (:en:User:Masssly) - Advisor Franklin Oduro (:en:User:Afroprogrammer) - Support Benjamin Afful Ogboka- (:en:User: Affulogboka)- librarian and facilitator Getrude Ofori-Atta - (:en:User: Gertrudeoa20) librarian and facilitator Lydia Adjei - (:en:User: Lydiadj)

12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)

The partnerships that GOIF (Ghana Open Innovation Foundation) has established with various institutions and organizations hold diverse characteristics, each contributing to the foundation's goals in unique ways.

1. Academic Collaborations:
  - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) - Language and Communication Sciences Department: This partnership involves collaboration with the GOIF twi team and the KNUST Language and Communication Sciences Department in creating content in the twi language on Wikipedia and the creation of Lexemes on Wikidata in the Twi language. The GOIF team will utilise the resources in the library of the department and also teach and recruit students as new editors.

  - University of Education, Winneba - Akan and Nzema Department: Collaboration with this department will involve the creation and contribution of content in the Twi Wikipedia platform. It will also involves improving content in the Nzema Wikipedia which is currently in the incubator. This aligns with Wikimedia’s intent to promote open educational resources and preserve languages and cultures.
2. Cultural and Artistic Collaborations:
  - Center for National Cultural, Ashanti Region: This partnership will focus on cultural preservation, heritage promotion, and art-related initiatives. GOIF will collaborate with the Center for National Cultural, Ashanti Region to promote and to ensure that weaving traditions are represented and understood accurately. This will help GOIF support and promote Ghana's rich cultural heritage through this initiative.
  - Nubuke: Nubuke is a prominent art and cultural center in Ghana. Collaborating with them will involve art adding content to Wikipedia on Ghanaian arts. This will also involve utilising the resources in the Nubuke library.
3. Higher Education Institutions:
  - Knutsford University, West End University, Islamic University College, Presbyterian University College, Heritage Christian University College: These partnerships could involve various forms of collaboration, including student engagement, and training on how to create high quality Wikipedia pages and how these trainings can help improve the writing and research skills of students. They can help GOIF enhance the educational landscape in Ghana through our open initiatives.
4. Media and Communication Partnerships:
  - Multimedia Group (TV3): These partnerships will focus on raising awareness about open innovation and promoting GOIF's initiatives through TV3 and its various sister media channels. Collaborating with media groups can help GOIF reach a broader audience and engage with the public effectively.
13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Identify Topics for Impact



Wikimedia Metrics

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 350 Total Number of participants
Number of all editors 400 Total participants (editing activities)
Number of new editors 200
Number of retained editors 200
Number of all organizers 25 People that make sure that activities can be implemented by providing the necessary time, support, and knowledge - such as coordinators, trainers, facilitators, etc.
Number of new organizers 5
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 1100 2000
Wikimedia Commons 600
Wikidata 3500 500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Number of Wikipedia pages to be created or improved, number of Wikidata items to be created or improved, and number of files uploaded on Wikimedia Commons.

Other Metrics

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)


16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
910070 GHS
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A GHS
Year 2 N/A GHS
Year 3 N/A GHS
Requested amount in USD
79540.12 USD [note 1]
Multi-year funding request summary in USD
Year Amount USD [note 1]
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A USD
  1. a b c The following amount in US dollars was calculated by Wikimedia Foundation staff using the fixed currency rates. This amount is approximate and may not reflect the actual currency exchange rates on the day of submission or distribution. If the application is funded, the funding will be sent in the recipient’s local currency.
19. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
19.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

19.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
20. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contactor costs 144000 GHS
Operational costs 9000 GHS
Programmatic costs 757070 GHS
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