This was not a respond I was expecting, as I thought to bring this subject back to this topic to have some constructive conversation and continue to engage on this matter.
First to address the point you raised, which I don’t find any useful to go in, but let’s entertain:
Here’s the grant page in question, AFAIK nothing was changed in the text except the Update on top regarding Giveth and DGrants update.
Title: Free Smart Contract Development Course for Farsi Speaking Communities
I see 8 mention of the word “Iran”:
- website: https:// smartcontract . coiniran . com
- This opportunity, organized by the non-profit educational organization “CoinIran”’s founder Bahar
- Women in Blockchain’s Founder Thessy Mehrain (also ½ Iranian), was designed to teach all the fundamentals of smart contract development.
- This indeed was huge for us. Participating in an international course, coming from Iran, enabled us to overcome …
- … some of the everyday challenges imposed on Iranian society.
- The Farsi-speaking community has a population of more than 120 million, located in West Asia in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran.
- Moreover, heavy sanctions imposed on Iranian citizens has limited them from accessing most social media platforms via geoblocking and even blocking educational platforms, in this way making it difficult to gain access to accurate and up to date education content.
- In this year’s ConsenSys Academy Ethereum developer bootcamp, we were able to sponsor 65 Farsi speaking individuals (45 from Iran and 20 from Afghanistan).
And regarding the second part:
Here’s the line regarding compensation from the grant page:
Please support us in our mission! Not only will your funds help ensure that our volunteers get fairly compensated for the hard labour they put into managing and maintaining this course, but it will also help ensure that the course content and materials stay accessible and free to everyone!
Let’s build a more equitable future by ensuring that everyone - regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and geographical location - can benefit from blockchain.
This was speculated that the volunteers are in “sanctioned nations”. The volunteers are a combination of known actors living in countries such as Canada, Netherland, Armenia, and Afghanistan.
The issue is not with the grant’s nitty gritty details, but more so how this was handled by Gitcoin and what the ecosystem learned from it (and took away from it).
Now my question from anyone reading this, how can a constructive dialogue be established to deal with this sensitive matter? Consider that this decision is affecting millions of innocent people that have a lot of hope in the dream of decentralization…