+ Ravi

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote:

> (copy of this comment placed at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015.
>  We can continue discussing there)
> Hi,
> Thanks for the elaborate work plan.
> 1. The way the budget is presented at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Draft_Work_plan_July_2014_-_June_2015#Budget
> is misleading. A good percent of this budget will be spent on staff
> salary, travel logisitics and other things which will not be there if the
> work is done by the community. So, this is not the actual cost needed for
> the desired output but the cost arising because of the involvement of paid
> professionals.
> So besides this way of presenting the budget, there should also be a
> regular way of presenting budget like how the chapters are asked to submit
> during FDC application. It can be noted that during the last round of FDC
> funding application, WMIN faced very strict criterion regarding
> infrastructure cost, staff salary cost.
> 2. I have an eerie feeling that the community development work in India is
> getting outsourced to NGOs like CIS at the cost of crippling budding local
> chapters like WMIN. The way Hindi Wikipedia seeks help for content
> management (fixing Google articles) confirms my concern.
> 3. Where can I find WMF's open assessment of the work done by CIS-A2K in
> the previous year? How is the cost for the work done justified? If the cost
> if justified, then the actual communities and the content they have
> developed on their on own are worth many crores of Indian rupees. But, we
> face strict guidelines when applying for grants whereas NGOs like CIS don't
> have that strict criterion.
> Ravi
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