The use of data by government actors in Nepal to solve development problems

For development interventions to transform the lives of the needy they need to be based on evidence driven by data. Data helps inform development policies, development decisions and therefore solve problems. As Nepal aspires to graduate from the Least Development Country by 2022 and successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the use of data by decision-makers is key to address poverty, transparency, accountability and other socio-economic issues. But, what do we know about whether data is actually being used by Nepal’s development decision makers?  Deepening our understanding of the incentives and challenges in using data is central to improving the potential for data use in Nepal.

With this goal in mind Development Initiatives has interviewed government and non-government actors in Nepal to improve understanding on how they use data to inform decision making, implementation and monitoring of their development efforts. Case studies have been developed that present the demand for data by decision-makers and share examples of their data use, and highlighting the unique challenges and impact of the use of data.

By featuring their personal stories in a five-part series of blogs over the coming couple of weeks we are aiming to highlight their successes, showcase their work, and share their experiences to show the impact of using data. Keep an eye on our website for the first profile, due to be released next week!

Development Initiatives would like to extend our special thanks to all the organisations and individuals who have shared their stories with us.

These case studies build upon Development Initiatives previous series of profiles detailing data use by government and non-government actors in Nepal.