The Afripedia project was launched in mid-June 2012 and is ongoing. It aims to expand offline Wikipedia access in English-speaking Africa , and encourages Africans to contribute to Wikipedia. [1] The project installs local Kiwix -serve wireless and intranet servers and provides training and maintenance support. [2]

The foundation partners are Wikimedia France , the French Institute , and the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie . [3] English is spoken by an estimated 120 million (2010) people in Africa , spread across 24 francophone countries. [4]

Access to Wikipedia from USB keys Was not new in Africa, purpose keys are Often very outdated, [1] Where is Afripedia Regularly updated. [5] Many of the partnering universities have low-bandwidth internet, but a few have no internet access. [2]

Wikipedia, such as Wiktionary . [5] Any glad That is first packaged in a ZIM file can be relayed over the network Afripedia; [6] Project Gutenberg and Wikisource , for instance, are available as ZIM files. [7] [8]

The project also encourages the training of Afripedia clubs for local users. [9]

The project has been described as a stopgap measure, until such time as internet access can be developed throughout Africa. [3]


  • Autumn 2011 – Spring 2012: Project preparation, partnership training, Kiwix algorithm development
  • 2012, June 15: Agreement signed On Behalf of the Francophone University Agency , the French Institute , and Wikimedia France , by Bernard Cerquiglini (AUF), Xavier Darcos (IF) and Rémi Mathis (wmfr).
  • July 2012: Presentation of project and prototype at the World Forum of the French Language in Quebec
  • 2012, November 6-9: training of 15 leaders from 12 East and Central African countries held at the Francophone Digital Campus at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Abidjan , Ivory Coast ; Deployment of 15 offline access points (plug computer + USB key + wifi router)
  • 2013, June 24-28: Second training and deployment, in Kinshasa
  • 2013, October 14-18: Third training and deployment, in Yaoundé
  • 2014, September 29 – October 3: Fourth, Antananarivo


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Afripedia, Wikipedia for Africa, news interview article in Citazine
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Afripedia project increasing off-line access to Wikipedia in Africa, Wikimedia article
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Afripedia or how to consult Wikipedia without the Internet, article in Slate Africa
  4. Jump up^ (in French) La Francophonie in the World 2006-2007 published by theInternational Organization of La Francophonie. Nathan,Paris, 2007
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Afripédia: a Wikipedia development project in Africa, news item in Afrik
  6. Jump up^ Kiwix list of available content
  7. Jump up^ Emmanuel Engelhart: 50,000 public domain books everywhere, everywhere, offline . In:Wikisource-l-Mailinglist. 19. November 2014. Accessed on 26 November 2014.
  8. Jump up^ #Wikimedia & Project #Gutenberg – the sum of all knowledge on Words and what not blog
  9. Jump up^ Afripedia project website

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