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.
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.