Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/WoALUG 2022 Annual Plan of Activities

WoALUG 2022 Annual Plan of Activities
start date2022-01-012022-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2022-12-312022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)35892 EUR
amount requested (USD)41635 USD
amount recommended (USD)34623
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2021-22
funding program roundRound 1
applicant and people related to proposalMargott,

Arianit, Ritamaliqi,

organization (if applicable)Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group
Midpoint Learning Report 
Final Learning Report

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Applicant details


Wikimedia username(s):


Arianit, Ritamaliqi, Vyolltsa


Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group

G. Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

H. Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?


H.1 Which organization(s) did you receive grants from?

Ipko Foundation

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.

Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova

Additional information


R. Where will this proposal be implemented?


S. Please indicate whether your work will be focused on one country (local), more than one or several countries in your region (regional) or has a cross-regional (global) scope:


S1. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

T. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has. (optional)

M. Do you have a fiscal sponsor?


M1. Fiscal organization name.

Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova



1. What is the overall vision of your organization and how does this proposal contribute to this? How does this proposal connect to past work and learning?

WoALUG was created by the Albanian community of Wikimedia projects, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of articles and multimedia material in Albanian and about our countries. Our program is based on three main pillars: Education, GLAM, and Open activities & outreach. We do this through training, workshops, edit-a-thons, running competitions online and offline, and GLAM partnerships in the territories of the Balkans where the Albanian language is spoken.

2. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important?

Wikimedians of the Albanian Language User Group work to solve the challenges they have encountered in the three main programs: Education, GLAM and Outreach.

For each of these programs, we have used a variety of activities, workshops, training sessions, and edit-a-thons that were functional and practical in raising awareness towards the Wikimedia Movement and its philosophy. Since the beginning, our Group has worked to solve the challenges in increasing the number of contributors, content and trying to retain and keep editors highly motivated to contribute even more on the Wikimedia projects and programs.

Even in 2022, we believe that we will continue solving these challenges by using workshops, training sessions, outreach and social media. In 2021, we started using the Wikimedia-thematic posts on Social Media to raise people’s awareness of its programs. We are committed to continuing this way to effectively promote the Wikimedia projects, our training sessions, and workshops.

Other challenges are a lack of interest from schools and universities to write, edit, and improve articles on Wikipedia. Lack of collaboration and communication from leading cultural institutions, galleries, and museums to digitize their content online. Organizations do not continue finishing or following up with article editing.

Therefore, the proposal we want to make is to combine the online and offline workshops, use edit-a-thons, write-a-thons, competitions and use Social Media more to keep our audience engaged in creating the encyclopedic content and inform it about all the Wikimedia projects, increasing the number of contributors. To retain editors we plan to engage them in activities and workshops to be in charge of helping new users and contributors.

Furthermore, we want to align our projects with the mission of schools, institutions, and organizations by having in-person meetings with different target groups.

3. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.

In 2022, we plan to organize numerous types of activities based on the strategic programs such as Education, Outreach and GLAM.

With regard to Education, we want to organize activities with high school and university students for different topics to raise their awareness about the Wikimedia Movement's importance in our countries. To do so, we will develop online and offline workshops, edit-a-thon, write-a-thon, competitions in all the Albanian speaking countries: Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Not only do we want to increase the number of articles and multimedia content, but also we want to expand it in the education institutions. This is the first time we want to use the write-a-thon activities, as we want to involve more students in the Wikipedia content.

With regard to GLAM, we plan to focus on digitizing the content image and contributions with these institutions. We want to do this on the number of activities and collaborations with galleries, libraries and museums such as Wikimedians in Residence.

With regard to Outreach, we will continue our social media activity and work with traditional media in order to reach as many types of audiences as possible.

4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

By December 2022, WoALUG will increase the content quality and quantity of all Wikimedia projects and its impact in the Albanian language.

We plan to train around 410 participants to write and/or improve 1070 articles on Wikipedia and upload at least 870 items to Wikimedia Commons. Furthermore we try to promote free knowledge and an increasing number of partnerships, editors, and community through our programs with at least 300 people participating in all the Wikimedia Projects.we

5. Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?      


5.1 If yes, 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?


6. Please include a timeline (operational calendar) for your proposal.

7. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Board Name: Greta Doçi Role: Board Member - Tirana, Username: Greta Responsibilities:

Name: Arianit Dobroshi Role: Board Member - Prishtina Username: Arianit Responsibilities:

Name: Liridon Selmani Role: Board Member - Struga Username: Liridon Responsibilities:

Staff 2 people Name: Rita Maliqi and Vjollca Merdani Role: Project Manager covering Kosovo and Albania respectively Username: Ritamaliqi Username: Vyolltsa


  • Identify and coordinate activities, timeline, and budget to execute within program’s grant application
  • Network, research and reach institutions, organizations and individuals to create further collaborations and partnerships
  • Manage activities, allocate resources, coordinate and organize duties and tasks within the timeframe
  • Organize events and other promotional activities
  • Develop and implement a communication plan for the User Group
  • Send press releases, reach out to media and manage social media marketing to promote events, user group and the free knowledge concept of Wikipedia
  • Develop and monitor user group’s reports, proposals, presentations, and other documentation
  • Administer the budget, by executing, monitoring and recording expenditures

8. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Geography, Language, Sexual Orientation, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

8.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

9. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Education, Advocacy, Human Rights, Culture, heritage or GLAM , Open Technology, Diversity

10. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Please note, we had previously asked about inclusion and diversity in terms of CONTENTS, in this question we are asking about the diversity of PARTICIPANTS. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Socioeconomic status

11. What are your strategies for engaging participants, particularly those that currently are non-Wikimedia?

In 2022, we are putting effort and emphasis on promoting and increasing the number of target participants among new communities within the Wikimedia Movement. We are open to working with people of different gender and socioeconomic status in supporting them as free knowledge supporters and promoters.

We have already started collaborating with new organizations and networks that aim to work with specific target purposes and audiences. We try to adapt our activities and workshops to their mission and work program. To increase content creation, we approach organizations to attract new contributors aligned with their fields of interest accordingly.

We want to include participants of different ages, professions, geography, interests, experienced and new users. Our strategies to retain and maintain participants are:

  • Wikimedia project birthdays.
  • Engaging users in their organizational settings to run an activity to write or edit articles offline.
  • Staff and community retreat.
  • Collaboration with important partners - partnership with potential organizations and develop long-term relationships to increase the number of contributors.
  • Social media postings - we acknowledge contributors’ work in our channels outside Wikimedia.

12. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants and promoting the UCOC and Friendly Space Policy, and/or equivalent local policies and processes?

Creating a supportive environment for participants is crucial to us. In order to provide a safe and engaging environment for our participants we make space for equal and open discussions, value all participants' contributions and make this known to them, help to generate many viewpoints, and recognise that not all participants may feel comfortable sharing.

Our activities are safe and open without any discrimination against anyone. So far, we have not experienced any conflict or miscommunication between our members and participants. So, our plan is to keep a communicative and friendly environment with the participants.

Creating a safe and understanding environment is not only important when activities deal with sensitive issues in relation to mental health and well-being but it's important to every activity that we host.

13. Do you have plans to work with Wikimedia communities, groups, or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?


13.1 If yes, please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

We hope to continue working with all the partners we have worked with so far. For each project we have organized with different partners and organizations, we have used different communication channels.

For example, to inform our community, we have used our monthly meetings with community and the group, social media platforms, Telegram, banners on sq.Wikipedia, community portal and collaboration of the week section on the Sq Wikipedia landing page. We have asked for activity inputs to this plan from our members on our Telegram group (WoALUG).

14. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal?


14.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

In 2022, we will focus on working with all the organizations, schools and institutions to strengthen the Wikimedia Movement in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Also, we are determined to expand our collaboration with other organizations to involve and engage more contributors in our community.

In general these supports have in in kind, for example them offering their offices or event meeting rooms to organize events with us or helping us to access data we needed from different institutions.

15. How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?


16. What kind of risks do you anticipate and how would you mitigate these. This can include factors such as external/contextual issues that may affect implementation, as well as internal issues, such as governance/leadership changes.


17. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

18. Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here.  


Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation


19. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

Some main points of what we learned throughout this passing year are:

We found conversations and feedback from participants very informative, and that we need to focus on developing a system for capturing these qualitative feedback and conversations we have with our participants and implement them as efficiently as we can.

We had to value, plan and develop the activities we had throughout the year according to the restrictions of Covid19 and accessibility. Most of our activities were held online so we had to make them more flexible and adjustable for the participants.

We embed developmental evaluation into our work, we take time to have monthly meetings with our community where we reflect on our past activities and discuss the following ones. These meetings bring focus and more view points to our work and the choices we make.

Members of our group took part in online meetings with the foundation as well as became part of the edu wiki collaborators and are attending the training of trainers for reading Wikipedia in the classroom. All this to understand others experiences and be able to have a greater impact in the Albanian community.

  • How to retain new and experienced editors.
  • What ways to follow to maintain outreach activities.
  • How to retain and maintain strategic partnerships that contribute to longer-term growth.
  • What to do to increase the number of contributors.
  • How to make the content reliable.
  • How to bond the collaboration with potential partners.

20. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following space provided.

Main Metrics Description Target

Here are some additional metrics that you can use if they are relevant to your work. Please note that this is just an optional list, mostly of quantitative metrics. They may complement the qualitative metrics you have defined in the previous boxes.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities N/A N/A
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability N/A N/A
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors N/A N/A
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees N/A N/A
Number of people reached through social media publications N/A N/A
Number of activities developed N/A N/A
Number of volunteer hours N/A N/A

21. Additional core quantitative metrics. These core metrics will not tell the whole story about your work, but they are important for measuring some Movement-wide changes. Please try to include these core metrics if they are relevant to your work. If they are not, please use the space provided to explain why they are not relevant or why you can not capture this data. Your explanation will help us review our core metrics and make sure we are using the best ones for the movement as a whole.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants N/A 410
Number of editors N/A 300
Number of organizers N/A 5
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia N/A 1070
Wikimedia Commons N/A 870
Wikidata N/A 400
Wikivoyage N/A 50

21.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

22. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

Outreach Dashboard Facebook Business Suite Google Sheets Google Forms

Financial Proposal


23. & 23.1 What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

35892 EUR

23.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

41635 USD

23.3 Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

23.4 Please include any additional observations or comments you would like to include about your budget.


Please use this optional space to upload any documents that you feel are important for further understanding your proposal.

Other public document(s):

Final Message


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