[Osmf-talk] OSM Uganda Local Chapter application

Douglas Ssebaggala erunayo at gmail.com
Sat Nov 28 01:56:04 UTC 2020

Thank you Heather, Samson, and OSMF for the responses,

I will again be specific with these 5 cents;

   1. As Heather had advocated for gender equity, MapUganda has already
   *tried* to ensure this in the past (see author of the liked post)
   <http://www.mappingday.com/content/winners-mapping-challenge-are>, and
   with the current board <https://mapuganda.org/board.html>.
      - It would help if OSMF can have equity in decision making
      so that local communities can be allowed to implement their own decisions
      to meet their differing needs.
   2. The minimum level of Education (UACE) *is and was* needed to ensure
   sustainability, innovation of the data or mapping ecosystem, that's why
   MapUganda has broad skills and fields like drone mapping/data collection,
   this is in addition to other projects that have been done over the years.
      - UACE was based on what already exists in Uganda for Members of
      Parliament and Presidents, and also exists in some other countries
      - It has only been dropped recently
      for the Lowest local Administrative unit positions, but UACE is
      comparable to GCE
      A-Level in the UK.
   3. Management roles and paid projects are inevitable in a growing
   organisation, whether commercial or non-profit.
      - Someone who has been a volunteer
      <https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Volunteering> for 1 - 5 years can be a
      project or community manager, and if there's funding, it would only be
      priceless to pay them.
      - OSMF shared *its plans for hiring additional paid staff *some time
      ago, MapUganda already had this during its inception.
   4. MapUganda has already expressed *some* level of transparency by
   sharing financial statements which indicate sources of income,
   including membership fees and expenses.
      - A skim of MapUganda's application would have been OK (just like
      and it would already be an OSM Chapter by now, but this
extensive review is
      actually better for insights on past and future Local Chapter
   5. The amended proposal *should be more closely aligned to the way that
   small non-profit organisations are structured and operate.*  I do
   understand that some NGOs do become quite large and complex, but *I
   don't see signs of a Uganda LC following that kind of path to scale for at
   least several years.*
      - I hope we can now or at some point we will see the signs of
      MapUganda having followed that path already, and not as a small
      - I *almost* found this statement like an insult after spending 7
      years (2011 - 2018) building the Ugandan and Global OSM
Community (*behind
      the scenes*), but then picked the positives, like the suggested
      changes or getting to know any other *unknown reasons* for the
      rejection of this application

It's good to share facts
<https://simple.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mark_Twain#cite_note-1> in an open and
friendly environment/community, there are a few more cents and input i can
share to this after the weekend, but will be on the look out incase of any
urgent response needed.


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On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 12:39 AM Allan Mustard <
allan.mustard at osmfoundation.org> wrote:

> That's pretty much my recollection, too.  Yes, Christoph, there were
> concerns raised and pertinent observations made, which we shared with OSM
> Uganda, and when we got positive responses back, including an amendment to
> the OSM Uganda constitution, we decided it was time for community
> consultation to get underway.
> apm
> On 11/27/2020 4:08 PM, Tobias Knerr wrote:
> On 27.11.20 20:36, Christoph Hormann via osmf-talk wrote:
> So my question to the board is:  Have there been any concerns raised or
> pertinent observations made internally during the review of the OSM
> Uganda application that are not part of the documentation of the
> application available on the OSMF website?
> Just describing my personal recollection here, and I was not one of the
> board members involved in direct communications with MapUganda, so take
> this with a grain of salt:
> There were several aspects that at least some of us on the board found
> concerning or unusual while reviewing the MapUganda application.
> Among those was a requirement in their constitution for board members to
> meet a certain minimum level of education. Their constitution was since
> changed to drop this particular requirement – you can compare Article 9
> between the versions of the document on the OSM Foundation wiki:https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/File:OSM_Uganda-Constitution_2020.pdf
> Note that the newer version still requires skills in one of a list of
> fields, although the list is relatively broad if it's generously
> interpreted.
> Another observation was that their organizational structure, as depicted
> in the application¹, appears rather hierarchical, with dedicated
> management roles, an idea of appointing people into roles, etc.
> This also relates to a broader concern that MapUganda seems to have a
> strong focus on running paid projects – based on several aspects of
> their applications and submitted documents, including their financial
> statement² where projects appear to be by far their main source of
> income. This could at least potentially give raise to new issues (e.g.
> relationship of the chapter with volunteer contributors not engaged in
> organized projects; competition between the chapter and community
> members wishing to offer similar services as the chapter and/or apply
> for grants).
> There were other topics mentioned, but my impression is that the ones
> above that featured the most in our deliberations. Note that the board
> didn't have an unanimous consensus on whether and to what extent these
> observations were problematic, so I think it's very valuable to get
> feedback from the community. I found the thread very insightful so far!
> ¹https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Local_Chapters/Applications/Uganda#Organisational_structure
> ²https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/w/images/2/21/OSM_Uganda-Audited_financial_statements_2020.pdf
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