Data for Development in Nepal's blog

Improving the Sharing and Use of Air Pollution Data for Advocacy and Awareness

Outdoor air pollution has become a matter of grave concern in Nepal. Anthropogenic emissions from various sources such as industry, vehicles, people’s homes, and road construction have increased manifold and have led to many environmental and health problems. Nepal has growing levels of PM2.5, which is considered one of the most harmful air pollutants as it lodges into human lungs and blood tissues thereby increasing the chances of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

Strengthening a community of practice on open data

“All around the world, growing emphasis is being placed on establishing collaborative communities at the national, sub-national and sectoral level to drive forward the open data movement and build inclusive data ecosystems” Gaurav Basnyat at the “Building an open data community workshop”, September 2017

The value of working together as an open data community

With the near completion of the first local elections in two decades and the gearing up for provincial elections in late November, this is an exciting time for Nepal. However, while the federal structure is now taking shape, Nepal continues to face many pressing development challenges related to poverty, transparency, accountability, economic development, inequality and social inclusion. To address these challenges, the use of evidence – reliable, accessible data and information – to inform decision-making, monitor progress and evaluate development outcomes will be key.