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.
We are pleased to announce the release of a new briefing on 'Open Data'. The briefing provides an overview of what Open Data is and what it means for Nepal - it answers some basic questions and dispels some myths about the opportunities and challenges of open data. Aiming to improve awareness of open data among the wider Nepali audience we have also published this briefing in Nepali language. Both Nepali and English version can be downloaded from Open Nepal's Resources Page here.
The value of open budget data is well established.
If you follow the news at all, you know that this is the budget season. The Ministries and government officials are busy preparing and finalizing their respective budgets for the fiscal year 2073/74 (2016/17). For those from non-finance, non-planning, and non-policy background, it could be a confusing affair, yet an important one at that. National budget is the forecast of annual revenues and expenditures and is reflective of the existing policies and plans of the government.
Being the public health student it is very important that I have the ability to collect relevant health data and gather useful information. Few months ago I wanted to find out more about how our health system deals with malaria and so I decided to travel to a nearby district to find out what happens there. To find the information I was seeking I knew that I had to visit the public health office in the district… but the first challenge was finding it.
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?
Today marks the first anniversary of the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that devastated the Himalayan nation of Nepal. According to the government’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment, the earthquake killed around 9000 people, injured more than 22,000, and destroyed or damaged more than 500,000 houses. One year later, the effects of the disaster are still vivid. People in many parts of the country continue to live in temporary shelters and makeshift encampments braving the harsh winter and monsoon weather conditions.
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.
The Nepal Millennium Development Goals Progress Report 2013 written by the National Planning Commission and the United Nations Country Team of Nepal has lauded the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nepal