#OpenAfrica is an annual series of open advocacy training courses that provide physical immersion into the possibilities of the Open Movement in Africa.

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Delegates at #OpenAfrica2014 with course convener Kelsey Wiens. Image: Isla Haddow-Flood

The course is intentionally designed to be adapted to local conditions. The 1st #OpenAfrica14 course took place in Cape Town at the Africa Centre in February and March 2014.WikiAfrica’s #OpenAfrica14 hosted five Wikipedians from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. It was funded by grants from Creative Commons, Prince Claus Fund and Foundation Orange.

The second #OpenAfrica15 took place at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg. It hosted 6 eager Wikipedians in Residence from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and two from South Africa.

#OpenAfrica has been developed to create a pan-African Open Movement community by:

  • Building a team of niche-educated, multiply-skilled Open Advocates,
  • Creating locally relevant toolkits to teach from, and
  • Leveraging on the team of Advocates to create a sustainable active community through outreach activities.
#OpenAfrica15 delegates, trainers and organisers. Image: Linda Baker

#OpenAfrica15 delegates, trainers and organisers. Image: Linda Baker

Open Movement Course and Toolkits Team:

 Read about the experiences of the first #OpenAfrica14 delegates here:

Read more about #OpenAfrica 15 on this meta page.

#OpenAfrica14 is possible due to the support of:

#OpenAfrica15 was a collaboration between WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg.

WikiAfrica Malawi

Michael Phoya, Wikipedian in Residence at WikiAfrica Malawi, writes about his experiences.


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WikiAfrica Ethiopia

Read Abel Asrat’s blog about being a Wikipedian in Residence at WikiAfrica Ethiopia


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