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Nepal’s emerging data revolution for sustainable development

“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.

Leaving No One Behind in Nepal’s development – where are we now?

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.

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?

Nepal earthquake: One year on, what has the response been?

This is a guest post by Chloe Parrish, Program Advisor at Development Initiatives was originally posted on their blog page.

A year ago yesterday a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal’s Gorkha region and surrounding districts, killing almost 9,000 people, injuring 22,000 and leaving 3.5 million homeless. What steps have been taken to ensure the funding pledged and contributed in response is transparent and traceable?

Adventures in the Data Revolution – joining up data in Uganda

What happens when you try to collate all available data on spending in education and health, within specific localities, to a maximum level of granularity –while building interoperability with data about the social impact of that spending?

Development Initiatives, a partner of Open Nepal, has been working in Uganda to find out whether “joining up data” like this could make information more accessible to local decision-makers.

Exploring the context for open data in Nepal

Open Nepal is pleased to share Freedom Forum’s report on the “Emerging Impacts of Open Aid and Budget Data in Nepal”. This study was undertaken as part of the multi-year international 'Open Data in Development Countries (ODDC)'  research project, led by the World Wide Web Foundation. A brief overview of the research is summarised below, from the blog of Development Initiatives’, a partner in the research.

Lessons from Open Nepal –Development Initiative’s review of Year One

Open Nepal supports a vision for a more open, participative and citizen-centred approach to development by increasing access to information about key development issues. Over the past year partners of Open Nepal have worked to raise the awareness of open data amongst key stakeholders, have increased the availability and accessibility of data through the Open Data Portal and aidstream (particularly aid data), have run capacity development workshops, and have worked on case studies with journalists, district-level CSOs and the tech community. The Open Nepal initiative is now a year old.