As a child Ravi Nepal wondered how many people lived in Dhanusa, his home town in southern Nepal. "I asked my parents but they had no idea of the exact number", said Ravi, Co-founder of Code for Nepal. Years later while studying at college in the United States his childhood curiosity revived. "I wanted to look up data on Nepal to help me write a research paper. I managed to find some data online but I found that often it was incomplete, or would only include broad national averages.
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"The technology allowed us to collect more than 15,000 real-time data points in seven days. The real-time data monitoring has made our water, sanitation and hygiene projects easier to manage and more effective", Karmath Subedi of Nepal WASH Alliance
To ensure effective targeting of the poverty alleviation programmes (or for that matter of any development programmes) towards the intended beneficiaries there needs to be accurate, timely and disaggregated data, not only on who the poor are but also where they live, in what numbers and in what circumstances. Recognising that the targeting of programmes aimed at improving lives need to be based on evidence, the Government of Nepal has been taking steps to improve the evidence base on Nepal’s poor.
"If data isn't FROM all of us, then it isn't FOR all of us. So data can't work for all of us". This powerful message from data2x sums up the growing belief that citizen-generated data (CGD) can play a vital role in 'leaving no one behind' and 'creating a world that counts' as we proceed with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
Do non-state actors in Nepal have access to the right data from government to measure the SDGs? In a word... No.
The success of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is important globally, but in particular for Nepal where the decade-long political instability, 2015 earthquake1 and recent border blockade crisis have pushed our development indicators behind and recently risked an increase in our levels of poverty.
The cost of natural disasters is incredibly far reaching - as clearly demonstrated by the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In addition to the loss of over 9000 lives, it resulted in a decline in several development indicators, including GDP and Per Capita Income, pushing our country backwards in the path of development.
As the world embarks on a shared journey to end poverty through the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all eyes are set to see whether the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be effectively implemented.
It's February! What's extraordinary about this month? Well, February is a special month not only for celebrating love on Valentine's Day but it is quite close to the hearts of those who are into open data, access to information, data revolution and similar topics that come under the realm of open development. Yet again it's time for Open Data Day Celebration! But hold on, unlike in the past years this year the Open Data Day (ODD) is being marked internationally in the month of March.