-How much money does the government of Nepal spend? How much of this comes from international resources flows? Is aid targeting poverty?
If you’ve ever wanted to know where and how you can find answers to these sorts of questions then please read on...
Analysing data about financial resource flows shows up some interesting facts. Did you know that:
- In 2011, total spending by the government of Nepal was US$ 3.5 billion, which is equivalent to US$ 116 for each Nepali person.
- In 2011, all international resources that flowed to Nepal totalled US$ 5.4 billion.
- Remittances are by far the biggest international resource flow going to Nepal. In 2010, remittances to Nepal reached US$ 4 billion.
Having access to and being able to use this sort of information can be critical for Nepal’s decision-makers, particularly those who need to make decisions about resource allocations and those who are holding the government to account in the interest of citizens. Knowing where to find this data and how to question the data are critical skills for groups such as journalists, parliamentarians, researchers, civil society and government. Open Nepal works to help develop the skills of potential data users to access and use data, as well as making data more available to them via the Open Data Portal.
To help raise awareness of financial flow information and develop the capacity of people to find, access and analyse this data, Open Nepal partner Development Initiatives have developed a draft set of training materials, focussed around a profile of financial resource flows in Nepal. These training materials are aimed at starting a conversation about what data is available, what data isn’t available, and what data can tell us. We hope the materials can be used to increase people’s awareness, understanding and use of financial resource flow data in Nepal.
If you have ever wondered where this sort of financial flow data can be found, or how to interrogate this data for accurate interpretation, then we invite you to try these draft materials. The training materials are designed to accompany other training sessions and help develop capacity in relation to the following aspects of data use:
- Availability of financial flow data – the types of data that are available
- Accessibility of financial flow data – the sources of financial flow data
- Analysis of financial flow data – how to question and interpret data effectively
The training materials illustrates these concepts using Nepal data from open data sources (such as the Open Data Portal), so that you learn about Nepal’s financial flows, as well as gaining an understanding how to access, use and question different datasets. You can use these materials either as part of your personal learning, or as training tool to supplement your training sessions. The raw data of the financial resource flows of Nepal used in this trainign materials are also available.
We are pleased to offer this set of training materials for you to use, share and deliver. If you have any suggestions about how we can improve these materials, suggestions on additional sources of data, or would like to discuss ideas on how they can be incorporated into your training please let us know. We hope you find them useful!