“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.
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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.
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?
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?
We are pleased to share a new 10 minute documentary highlighting the value and importance of data in improving development outcomes. The story brings to life the vital role of data in development and shows what work still needs to be done.
The news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the impact of its aftershocks this weekend are of great concern to everyone at Development Initiatives. The reports of rising death tolls are extremely worrying as the impact of the disaster becomes increasing clear.
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.
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.
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.