We are pleased to share a new briefing, ' Open Government Partnership – The Case for Nepal'. Around the world governments are taking important steps to promote more open, accountable and responsive governance. A global initiative that is supporting this trend is called the 'Open Government Partnership' (OGP). The OGP has supported 70 countries, both in the developed and developing world, to implement plans, policies and practices that support government openness. Nepal is not currently a member of the OGP but is eligible to join. This briefing presents the case for Nepal to join the OGP and commit to the principals of open government.
To reach a wider Nepali audience this briefing has been published in both Nepali and English. These can be downloaded here. These documents are licensed under creative commons and therefore, are free to use, reuse and redistribute. Other briefings available are:
An excerpt from the briefing:
With the promulgation of a new constitution in September 2015 Nepal has moved from a unitary structure towards a federal form of governance. Nepal’s multiple levels of government and subnational bodies will have greater autonomy in making decisions within their own jurisdiction. Membership of the OGP could build support for open government policies that ensure the decentralization leads to an increase in the level of interaction between civil society and their local governments on the decisions that impact their lives. As a member of the OGP Nepal can exchange best practice with other countries through peer learning about how to grow civic engagement, improve local governance and achieve better development outcomes through supportive policies and technological innovation.
सन् २०१५ को सेप्टेम्बर महिनामा संविधान जारी भएपछि नेपाल एकात्मक संरचनाबाट संघीय शासन प्रणालीतर्फ अघि बढेको छ । नेपालका विभिन्न तहका सरकार तथा उपराष्ट्रिय निकायहरुलाई तिनीहरुको आफ्नो अधिकार क्षेत्रभित्रको निर्णय प्रक्रियामा ठूलो स्वायत्तता प्राप्त हुनेछ । खुला सरकार साझेदारीको सदस्यताले विकेन्द्रीकरणतर्फ केन्द्रीत खुला सरकारी नीतिका लागि समर्थन निर्माण गर्छ जसले उनीहरुको जीवनमा प्रभाव पार्ने निर्णयका सम्बन्धमा नागरिक समाज र स्थानीय सरकारबीच संवादको स्तर वृद्धि गर्छ । खुला सरकार साझेदारीको सदस्यका रुपमा नेपालले नागरिक सहभागिता वृद्धि गर्ने, स्थानीय शासन प्रणालीमा सुधार गर्ने तथा सहयोगी नीति र प्राविधिक नवीनताका माध्यमबाट उत्तम विकास प्रतिफल हासिल गर्ने सम्बन्धमा सदस्य देशहरुका श्रेष्ठतम् अभ्यासहरुको विनिमय गर्न सक्छ ।
Open Nepal is a knowledge hub and a learning space for organisations and people that produce, share and use data for development. By bringing together a community of practice in Nepal around topics such as the Data Revolution, open data, and access to information, Open Nepal forms a platform for people to share their experiences of using and sharing data and information, take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.