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.
A year and a half after the April 25th earthquake in Nepal, $5.2 billion1 of international and domestic assistance has been pledged, committed, disbursed or spent by a myriad of sources to provide immediate lifesaving assistance, long term rehabilitation, reconstruction, restoration of livelihoods, cash-assistance and much more to the people and communities that were affected.
This blog was first published in Development Initiatives Data Blog.
Last week we shared some recommendations from the civil society on improving sharing of government data in Nepal. We are pleased to annouce the second in our series of blogs about government data sharing which includes the views of those inside government.
Recommendations from those inside government
By Joshua Leslie
This blog was first published in Development Initiatives' Data Blog.
For the first time ever, sharing open government data could be a possibility in Nepal. In this two-part blog, Open Nepal’s Pavitra Rana and Joshua Leslie outline the key opinions voiced – from both inside and outside the country’s government – about the potential for change.
This post is from guest blogger, Sarah Meikle, and was originally published on datadrivenaid.org. As a consultant, Sarah works with development organizations to improve their Monitoring & Evaluation and data collection systems. She is a firm believer in open data and promotes civic engagement with open data as a way of bringing about change.
“Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide.” - The World Development Report 2016
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.