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
-How much money does the government of Nepal spend? How much of this comes from international resources flows? Is aid targeting poverty?
If you’ve ever wanted to know where and how you can find answers to these sorts of questions then please read on...
Analysing data about financial resource flows shows up some interesting facts. Did you know that:
International Open Data Day 2014 (ODD14) was celebrated in Kathmandu this year on 22 February 2014 at the Local Development Training Academy, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. Nepal’s contribution to the global events of ODD14 brought together techies, journalists and civil society organisation representatives under one roof, to inform and engage Nepalis about the open movement, and get into some open data with interactive workshops.
The international open data day was observed in Kathmandu on 22nd February 2014, along with more than 117 cities around the world. Apart from other events in the day, we organised open data hackathon mainly to help the young participants learn tools and techniques to play with the data. This time we didn’t want to make the hackathon competitive but rather a platform to teach and learn about the tools.
As a part of the hands-on training on data at Sindhupalchowk, we also conducted a brief training on AidStream on 27th Dec 2013 and went through the process of entering the aid data of NGOs by NGOs. There were around 25 NGOs participants. These NGOs have been working in different sectors in the district.
Following up on the Data Literacy Training to Journalists in Kathmandu, YoungInnovations, in collaboration with NGO Federations of Nepal, did one more similar training to NGOs in Sindhupalchowk district on 27th Dec 2013.
Freedom Forum, in collaboration with YoungInnovations, organized the data literacy training to journalists on Dec 2013. YoungInnovations team conducted the hands-on trainings to 7 journalists from various print and online media. The media personnels found the training very useful and left us with encouraging feedbacks. The training was more of an introduction to data and basic analysis and was completed in two and half hours.
Many of us in Nepal, mostly urbanites, don't know our constituency. It's a pity, but understandable. There's no easily available data. Election Commission (EC) of Nepal doesn't seem to have ‘easy to find information.’ Even if you manage to find those information, those will be in pdf format.