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Towards a More Gender-inclusive Open Source Community

The Digital Impact Alliance along with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, conducted new research to explore the experiences of women working in open source and better understand why women are underrepresented and do not always feel welcome in this community.

“Towards a More Gender-Inclusive Open Source Community” provides a framework for action and highlights a set of reformist, conformist and transformist recommendations on how different stakeholders – organizations supporting women in coding, open source communities, employers, conference organizers, governments and funders – can work together to build a more inclusive environment.

This research report is the culmination of a thorough review of the literature, as well as hundreds of hours of dialogue with leaders of, active participants in, and people who have turned away from open source communities.

We’re eager to share this research and we welcome your feedback on the report and our future work at DIAL’s Open Source Center Forum at