Honorable Minister of Health, Gagan Thapa delivering his key note speech before launching the SMART HEALTH initiative
Pavitra Rana's blog
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..
It's our favourite time of the year! Kathmandu Open Data Day will be celebrated on March 4th with a pre-event Hackathon on 25th February. We are excited to welcome you all to be part of this international celebration!
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.
"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.