[Osmf-talk] Microgrants Committee starting up

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Sun Apr 12 15:25:21 UTC 2020

Am 04.04.2020 um 15:18 schrieb Allan Mustard:
> Is there any reason the Board could not require that all WGs and
> committees apply the conflict-of-interest rules once they are final?
It is probably a qualified "no, no reason not to". Qualified because I
don't know what is actually in it, but assuming there are no basic human
rights violations enshrined in the policy and it doesn't require
anything against the law in the UK, the OSMF is obviously free to
askwhat ever it wants from WG members. Naturally the WG members have the
same right to just walk away.


> 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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