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Une collaboration entre les groupes francophones du mouvement Wikimédia

WikiFranca est une initiative de collaboration entre les affiliés du mouvement Wikimedia qui peuvent communiquer en français. Notre but est de partager des ressources et compétences pour renforercer nos communautés et promouvoir les projets Wikimedia autour du monde, notamment dans la Francophonie. WikiFranca demande à devenir un groupe d’utilisateurs Wikimedia du mouvement Wikimedia comme affilié auxiliaire.


Projet et objectifs

WikiFranca not only allows to build a bridge between affiliates participating in the collaboration, but also to share skills and resources with budding communities that aren't officially affiliated to the Wikimedia movement yet. Our goal is to create a healthy ecosystem for French speaking wikimedians so that they may further Wikimedia projects' outreach. In so far as a large part of its members are able to communicate in French if need be, any wikimedian community can apply to become part of WikiFranca. Our organization will support their projects, whatever language they choose to contribute in. While French is our lingua franca, linguistic diversity is a key value in our collaboration, including supporting minority languages in the areas of operation of our communities.

Capacity building

Une grande partie de notre collaboration portera sur la structuration d'un réseau de renforcement des capacités où chaque participant pourra partager ses compétences et en acquérir de nouvelles. Nous prévoyons de créer un centre de renforcement des capacités en Côte d'Ivoire, qui se chargera d'évaluer les besoins, de coordonner les groupes de travail internationaux sur les différents aspects du renforcement des capacités et de collecter des données. This is the crystallization of years of peer to peer exchanges on best practices within WikiFranca.

Partage des ressources

WikiFranca aims to formalize a shared governance system for its network. Until now, financial help was offered by Wikimedia Switzerland and Wikimedia France to chapters and usergroups who made their demands through these organizations' micro-finance programs. Nous pensons que notre collaboration a beaucoup à gagner à dépolariser ces relations et à mettre en place un comité international en charge des micro-finances au sein de WikiFranca. En conséquence, une partie du budget micro-finance des deux chapitres ira à WikiFranca à partir de janvier 2021.

WikiFranca will also focus on collecting and sharing both documentation and experience. You can check the central page.



RFI is a French based radio station broadcasting in 16 languages on 5 continents. Their main feature is that, contrary to other radio stations, they started building a volunteer network across the world - especially in Africa - in the 1990s to accompany their correspondents. The station started these radio clubs where anyone could become a member, not just journalists, and where topics range from sport and cultural events to educational activities or human rights and health awareness programs, always to serve the common good.

WikiClubRFI is a training program for usergroups to find new potential wikimedians in these clubs. It was implemented in early 2019 and occasioned training sessions and editathons in 4 clubs in 4 countries (Port au Prince, Lomé, Cotonou, N'djamena). 4 other clubs should have benefited from the program in Spring 2020 (Ouagadougou, Yaoundé, Kinshasa, Bamako) but were cancelled following rising pandemic risks.

Mois international de la contribution francophone

This campaign is a series of in-person events that takes place each year in March across the world. The International Francophone Contribution Month (on French Wikipedia) aims to motivate WikiFranca wikimedians around the world to organize workshops and outreach programs, but also to entertain a sense of sharing projects across countries. 2020's events were mostly cancelled due to the pandemic situation, but we hope to set it up online next year. You can look at the public dashboard.

WikiConvention francophone [International French speaking WikiCon]

The WikiConvention francophone is a WikiCon event dedicated to the francophone communities. Its purpose is to enable French-speaking contributors from different Wikimedia projects to meet and exchange about free sharing of knowledge, education, GLAM, etc. The event is organized by WikiFranca and the local host of the year. The first one took place in 2016 in Paris and the most recent was in Brussels in 2019. For this last edition of the WikiConvention, 2 learning days in French were added to the usual two days of conferences and activities. The next one will be hosted by Wikimedia Tunisia.

Tapis rouges [Red Carpet]
Project explicationat Sheraton Grand Conakry Hostel
Photoshoot at the Sommets du cinéma d'animation 2017, Cinémathèque québécoise (Wikimedia Canada and Le café des savoirs libres).

Soutenir le processus de la stratégie 2030

In early 2020, the WikiFranca network helped distributing funds for 12 countries (Senegal, Benin, Mali, Haïti, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea, DRC, Togo, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) to organize Strategy Salons to discuss the pre-final recommendations of the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy. This was permitted by the strong bonds inside the network, and the flexibility of Wikimedia France's micro-grant program.

Participatory resource allocation

WikiFranca est en train de rédiger ses statuts pour devenir une organisation à but non lucratif basée en Suisse. L'un de ses principaux projets sera de constituer des comités d'allocation des ressources afin que notre budget puisse être partagé entre les membres de WikiFranca. A ce titre, WikiFranca a pour ambition de devenir un pôle francophone à gouvernance partagée.


In the wake of the Wikimedia Foundation's partnership with the United Nations (OHCHR) to improve contribution on human rights on the projects, wikimedians across WikiFranca and chapters are putting their efforts together to create partnerships with non profit organizations defending human rights. Ces partenariats conduisent à la contribution d'événements centrés sur les droits de l'homme afin que les wikimédiens puissent former les bénévoles de ces organisations à l'édition, et que ces bénévoles puissent apporter leur expertise et leurs perspectives aux wikimédiens. Ceci a pour but d'aider à l'évolution de nos pratiques.

Future activities

WikiFranca s'engagera dans un certain nombre d'activités de renforcement des capacités et de diffusion de l'expérience au cours des deux prochaines années.

In person initiatives such as WikiClubRFI and the Mois international de la contribution francophone will be furthered, with renewed training sessions, contribution workshops and photographic outings as soon as pandemic risks come down. We also wish to develop as many online activities as possible, as it is both safer for our health and more practical to share knowledge and skills across at least three continents. Hands-on online activities will include organizing training sessions and developing programs on topics as diverse as wikidata editing, fundraising or administrative tasks within a wikimedia affiliate. Editing contests, editing campaigns and sprints will also take place on different themes. Across these contributions, gender related editing, linguistic diversity projects and human rights campaigns will figure among the chief focuses of WikiFranca.

As WikiFranca's purpose is to enable and offer a structure to international collaboration of any form between french speaking wikimedians around the world, we will also work to strengthen the bonds between members by providing tools and occasions to communicate as much as possible among us. The WikiConvention Francophone was a good starting point, and was designed to go around the French speaking world, changing country every year from 2019 on. Whether that will be possible for 2020 and 2021 is still in debate, but a reflection process is already taking place within WikiFranca to imagine inventive ways of congregating for festive occasions and allowing everyone (not just the trainers) to share their experiences as wikimedians.

Most importantly, two chapters assumed until now supporting roles for other members of WikiFranca, which created an undesirable unbalanced relationship between collaborators, where some were providing support and others receiving it (esp. financial and human resources). In a spirit of shared governance, we now wish to pull our resources together and elect international comities in charge of distributing resources where suited. Indeed we believe that such responsibilities should be shared by the whole french speaking community and not only the chapters who have the means to support their peers. To prepare everyone for such a change, Wikimedia Franca already nominated in February two members from WikiFranca to sit on its micro-finance comity (cofounders of Wikimedians of Cameroon and Wikimedia Côte d'Ivoire). They have been adding great value to the discussions of the comity.

Becoming a member

Who can become a member of WikiFranca ?

Wikimedia chapters, usergroups and groups of wikimedians that are looking to be affiliated as usergroups can become members of WikiFranca, as long as an important part of their own members speak French. To do so, a process to request has to be followed and in particular, information need to be provided to WikiFranca committee. A template for the application « form » may be found here Please get in touch with us for more details.