In contrast to many other countries, the main drivers of the movement for access to open information in Nepal have been civil society and technical activists. In this blog we introduce you to some of the movers and shakers in Nepal’s open development world.
The Open Development Toolkit is a joint project between Open Nepal partner Development Initiatives and the Open Knowledge foundation to equip those in developing countries with the tools needed to access, use and understand aid data. We conducted a short interview with the Toolkit’s Project Lead, Zara Rahman, to find out more about this intriguing new project.
So, tell us... what is this Toolkit about?
As in many other countries, both developing and developed, corruption is a serious problem in Nepal. Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index rates Nepal at 116th out of 177 countries, listing Nepal as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Corruption takes place when power holders abuse their authority to fulfill their own vested interest instead of using it to serve the intended beneficiaries. The act of misusing power will continue until the system in which power-holders function is made more transparent and until their performances are regularly tracked.
At Open Nepal we hope that by sharing useful resources designed to enable development actors to better understand, disclose, access and use data we can strengthen efforts to improve accountability. Ultimately we aim to improve the overall effectiveness of development efforts in Nepal, and hope that by sharing the work, recommendations and materials from others we can build our shared expertise. If you are aware of any interesting materials please get in touch – we would be pleased to share them with the network via this blog.
In Open Nepal's series of blogs on open data, accountability and transparency issues, Krishna Sapkota, Executive Director of Freedom Forum shares his thoughts and experience of participating in the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference held in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia on may 4-6
On April 28 & 29th 2014, two days open data boot camp was organized at Hotel Raddision, Kathmandu, Nepal by Open Nepal (http://opennepal.net/), Open Aid Partnership (http://www.openaidmap.org/), Development Gateway ( http://www.developmentgateway.org/), Open knowledge Foundation (https://okfn.org/), and International Center for Journalist( http://www.icfj.org/) and YoungInnovatons (
My first participation on Open Aid and Budget Training program for economic Journalist organized by Freedom Forum on 25th and 26th March at Indreni Complex, Baneshwor, Kathmandu has taken me new shifted paradigm in development of Nepal. As a pioneer organization in freedom of information, Freedom Forum emphasized on program about right to information as a fundamental requirement of general public to increase their access and expansion of their own human development dimension. So, economic journalist were chosen to empower their capabilities and efficacious dissemination of budgetary info