[Osmf-talk] Microgrants Committee starting up

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Sat Apr 4 13:18:45 UTC 2020


Is there any reason the Board could not require that all WGs and
committees apply the conflict-of-interest rules once they are final?

apm

On 4/4/2020 5:45 AM, Joost Schouppe wrote:
> Hi Frederik,
>
> Thanks for the input, I'll make sure it's on the agenda for the next
> (or a later) agenda.
>
> The Board finally has a first draft of a CoI procedure - it looked
> pretty close to a finished product to me. I don't think it should be
> too much work to adapt it to use in the Microgrants Committee.
>
> Joost
>
> Op za 4 apr. 2020 11:33 schreef Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org
> <mailto:frederik at remote.org>>:
>
>     Joost,
>
>     the microgrants group is going to be responsible for disbursing
>     quite an
>     amount of money in the future; I think it would be appropriate if
>     - like
>     OSMF board members - they were to list their affiliations
>     somewhere. For
>     this role in particular I think it would be relevant to know what, if
>     any, relationship the group members have to existing grant-giving
>     bodies
>     in the wider OSM sphere - are they or were they recently /employed
>     by/in
>     a contractual relationship with/the recipient of funding from/a member
>     of/ groups like /HOT/the UN/MSF/Missing Maps/Red Cross/Youth
>     Mappers/ et
>     cetera.
>
>     I would also be interested in hearing if the group has considered
>     what a
>     conflict of interest would be in the course of committee work and how
>     they would deal with that. For a (hypothetical) example, if one of the
>     team had been involved with a UN water sanitation project in Kenya and
>     then a proposal from a former fellow team member at that water
>     sanitation project comes in - would they then say "great, our group
>     member X know the applicant already and is in an ideal position to
>     judge
>     this", or would they rather have that group member recuse themselves?
>     Either decision has its merits but it's good to think about this
>     before
>     it arises.
>
>     As you know, the OSMF board has spent a lot of time in the past
>     circling
>     that Conflict-of-Interest topic and never made a lot of progress;
>     it is
>     not my intention to suck time away from the Microgrants team by having
>     them repeat that exercise, but CoI is hard even without a EUR 200k bag
>     of money in hand, and I'd urge people to at least consider potential
>     issues here.
>
>     Bye
>     Frederik
>
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