Grants:Project/Sarmad Yaseen/Initialization project for Iraq user group/Final

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Welcome to this project's final report! This report shares the outcomes, impact and learnings from the grantee's project.

Part 1: The ProjectEdit


attracting new volunteers, increasing the Arabic and Kurdish articles, adding new photos to commons and distributing the cultures of Wikipedia in Iraq.

Project GoalsEdit

  1. User group meetups to coordinate the different efforts.
  2. Launching the first version of Wikipedia Education Program.
  3. Doing workshops to teach new volunteers.
  4. Arranging Editathons.
  5. Arranging WLM & WLE competitions.
  6. Arranging 2 trips to take photos of Iraq Monuments.

Project ImpactEdit


Planned measure of success
(include numeric target, if applicable)
Actual result Explanation
User group meetups to coordinate the different efforts (4 meeting in total) only 1 meeting is held The security issues in Iraq, closing airports in Erbil as well as not stable situation in 2017 made it difficult to move & meet.
Launching the first version of Wikipedia Education Program. Failed We've tried in 2 different locations, The American university in Sulaimaniya AUIS, & The University of Kurdistan UKH. We've done 2 small workshops for instructors & students to explain the WEP but none of the instructors in both universities agreed to participate in the program.
Doing workshops to teach new volunteers (4 in Total) 1 workshop is done in Erbil, & 1 in Baghdad
Arranging Editathons (2 in Total) None has been done the lack of good editors in one city.
Arranging WLM & WLE competitions. Only WLM has been held successfully, 282 photos have been uploaded, 3 local winners. No one was around for WLE, WLM was a very good success that's why we are intending to repeat it for 2018.
Arranging 2 trips to take photos of Iraq Monuments. None arranged lack of members in one place.


Actually we had a couple of successful projects earlier but a bunch of bad circumstances held this project of success. Basically the greatest success was having 282 photos uploaded for WLM for Iraqi monuments that were not there for related articles. Other than that, the WEP didn't work out as well as attracting new volunteers, obviously we need to change the whole strategy & focus more in order to attract people who they can continue & be part of the Wiki community.

Methods and activitiesEdit

  • WLM method worked out fine, we've used social media (Facebook) to announce the competition & it attracted attention definitely.
  • For WEP we had personal meeting at first with the universities in order to convince them to have a small workshop/presentation for instructors & students to present the program, we've managed to have that but after that none of the instructors agreed to participate in the program basically because 70% of them are above 50 years old & they strongly believe that Wikipedia is not a reliable source & they avoid using it academically.

Project resourcesEdit

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What worked wellEdit

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What didn’t workEdit

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Other recommendationsEdit

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Next steps and opportunitiesEdit

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Part 2: The GrantEdit


Actual spendingEdit

Budget item Units Actual cost per unit Total cost Budgeted cost Notes
1 WLM 1st Prize 1 200 $ 200 $
2 WLM 2nd Prize 1 150 $ 150 $
3 WLM 3rdPrize 1 100 $ 100 $
4 Workshops for new volunteer 2 150 $ 300 $ One done in Erbil & the other in Baghdad
5 Logistics: (Transportation to Sulaimaniya -2 ways-) 1 50 $ 100 $ For doing the WEP presentation at the American University in Sulaimaniya
6 Logistics: (WEP roller banners-Arabic & Kurdish-) 2 75 $ 150 $
7 Logistics: (Stationary for Baghdad workshop) 1 28 $ 28 $
8 Advertising (Online Ads) 1 27 $ 27$ For the WLM competition
Total 1055 $

Remaining fundsEdit

Yes (1990 USD) If WLM Iraq rapid grant got accepted, then will pull out 700 USD & return the rest to WMF bank account.


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Confirmation of project statusEdit

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement? Yes

Is your project completed? Yes

Grantee reflectionEdit

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