Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Workshops and Edit-a-thons for the Iranian diaspora (ID: 22453159)

Workshops and Edit-a-thons for the Iranian diaspora
proposed start date2024-04-01
proposed end date2024-09-30
grant start date2024-04-01T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-09-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)4280 EUR
budget (USD)4994 USD
amount recommended (USD)2191.43
grant typeIndividual
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• Darafsh
organization (if applicable)• N/A
Review Final Report

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Applicant Details edit

Main Wikimedia username. (required)




If you are a group or organization leader, board member, president, executive director, or staff member at any Wikimedia group, affiliate, or Wikimedia Foundation, you are required to self-identify and present all roles. (required)

I'm a group leader of an informal Wikimedia group.

Describe all relevant roles with the name of the group or organization and description of the role. (required)

I am co-founder of the Iranian diaspora Wikimedians user group, but it's still going through the process of getting recognized by the Affiliation Committee.

Main Proposal edit

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Workshops and Edit-a-thons for the Iranian diaspora

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2024-04-01 - 2024-09-30

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Not applicable

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

The Iranian diaspora comprises about 7 million people, mainly residing in Europe. A lot of active editors for Persian Wikipedia live outside Iran ([1]). Many of these individuals, especially students, know more than just Persian and are eager to help with Persian Wikipedia. But it's tough to support them from within Iran due to limited funds from the foundation and the government's restrictions on Wikipedia. This is where the diaspora comes in. They're well-connected in Europe, part of various groups and organizations. We plan to hold workshops and edit-a-thons in different European cities. These events will teach them how to edit Wikipedia and other sister projects.

It's really important to get the diaspora involved. They speak different languages and are excited about editing. By bringing them together through these workshops and events, we're improving the Persian Wikipedia and making it more diverse and reflective of different cultures and experiences.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

We're organizing six workshops and edit-a-thons in major European cities between April and September. These cities—Amsterdam, Cologne, Hamburg, Istanbul, Paris, and Rome—have vibrant Iranian diaspora communities.

In each city, we're hosting a one-day event combining a workshop and edit-a-thon. These sessions will focus on topics related to the host country or topics aligned with participants' interests. It's a chance for everyone to learn and contribute while exploring themes that resonate with them or reflect the culture of the hosting city.

During our events, we'll have 2 or 3 experienced Wikimedians as speakers. They'll help and teach everyone at the workshops and edit-a-thons. These experienced folks know a lot about editing Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. They'll share their tips and tricks to make editing easier and better for everyone joining in. They'll be like guides, showing us the best ways to work on Wikipedia.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.

User:Darafsh, user: Ladsgroup, and form the core team. However, we'll also rely on the support and knowledge of local users in each city to make our project successful.

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

Our main focus is the Iranian diaspora, but considering that Afghans also speak Persian, we're open to inviting them to our events. There's a sizable Afghan diaspora in Europe too, and they might find our gatherings beneficial as well.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

On our proposed user group's page: Iranian diaspora Wikimedians user group and on Persian Wikipeida village pumb

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)


13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Gender and diversity

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

Learning and metrics edit

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

In this project, our primary goal is to understand the impact of involving Iranians abroad and potentially including Afghans in participation within Wikimedia. We're eager to explore how engaging these communities influences the level of involvement and contribution to Wikimedia projects. This understanding will provide valuable insights into the dynamics of community engagement and participation within the Wikimedia movement. We also want to know how encouraging Persian-speaking communities, like Iranians and Afghans, can make content in different languages on Wikimedia. By working with local people in each city, we want to understand how it makes events successful and gets more people involved.

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 300 For all 6 events
Number of editors 10 For all 6 events
Number of organizers 8 For all 6 events
Number of content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions or Abstract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.


19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

I'm not sure

Financial proposal edit

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

4280 EUR

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

4994 USD

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