Nepal saw a huge influx of humanitarian aid after the earthquakes in April and May 2015 with numerous national and international aid agencies rushing to distribute relief. But, in the initial days after the earthquake the distribution was reportedly chaotic, inequitable and uncoordinated. There were a number of important information gaps, including the lack of available data about the affected districts and a lack of information sharing between responding agencies.
This blog post by Nikesh Balami, Chief Executive Officer of at Open Knowledge has previously appeared in Open Knowledge Nepal's blog here.
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.
“A new report on Nepal’s data revolution has been published by Development Initiatives this week. The report highlights the role of the local community of data enthusiasts in improving data sharing and use. This blog, republished from the Development Initiatives website, shares key insights from the report.
We are pleased to share a new briefing on 'Open Government Data in Nepal'. Open Government Data is the concept of publicly and systematically sharing data from government in a format that enables it to be downloaded, analysed and used by a country’s citizens. In many countries open government data has enabled citizens to better understand policies that have been enacted, engage with government decision-making, and hold the legislative accountable.
The commitment to “leave no one behind” is a central tenet of the new global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To ensure that SDGs goals are met for all we need to know who is at risk from being left behind, where they live and what circumstances they are living under. Data on Nepal shows that, as of 2010, the richest 20 per cent in Nepal owned 41.4 per cent of national income, in contrast to the 8.3 per cent shared by the poorest 20 per cent.
Honorable Minister of Health, Gagan Thapa delivering his key note speech before launching the SMART HEALTH initiative
On 25th February more than 40 young techies gathered in a big room at Leap Frog Technology to tussle for the Open Data Hackathon challenge. They worked in groups of five, diving deep into data to create solutions to the issues facing public health and procurement in Nepal. At the end of the day they presented their product ideas, including web apps, mobile apps, and visualizations, to a panel of judges from Nepal's IT, health and public procurement sector.
"The current initiative of Public Procurement Monitoring Office to open-up contracting data is a fresh start among all the government agencies in Nepal to adopt Open Government Data", said chief commissioner of the National Information Commission, Krishnahari Baskota, at the January workshop on Procurement Transparency in Nepal through Open Data Management..