WikiFundi is an editing platform that presents an offline editable environment that is a a similar experience to editing Wikipedia (and Vikidia) online.
WikiFundi enables teachers, wikipedian communities and NGOs to learn about editing Wikipedia and contributing knowledge when technology, access and electricity outages fail or are not available at all. It enables individuals, groups, schools and communities to work on articles collaboratively. Once completed and when connected to the internet, these articles can be uploaded to Wikipedia.
In 2017 WikiFundi has been rolled out in 15 countries across Africa. As part of the Wikipack Africa, WikiFundi is being used by Wikimedia usergroups, volunteers and educational organisations in Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, WikiFundi is available via the Digital Schools programme of the Orange Foundation in dozen of countries. It as also used in South Africa as part of the WikiAfrica Schools Program. WikiFundi has been presented (both as lightning talk and as poster) in Wikimania Cap Town.
In fall 2018, a new version of the software was released, with bug fixing and better user experience. The poster will provide statistics and other relevant information on the project. The WikiFundi will be plugged in for anyone to try it.
Leaflets and stickers will also be available in addition to the poster. And of course, a beautiful, knowledgeable and helpful person will be ready to answer all questions during the poster session (she did so for 3 hours last year in Cap Town...).
WikiFundi was designed by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood from Wiki in Africa, to support the WikiAfrica movement and Wikimedia volunteers across Africa as part of the Wikipack Africa project, and developed in collaboration with Wikimedia CH and Kiwix. It was funded by Orange Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.