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
As the world embarks on a shared journey to end poverty through the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all eyes are set to see whether the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be effectively implemented.
It's February! What's extraordinary about this month? Well, February is a special month not only for celebrating love on Valentine's Day but it is quite close to the hearts of those who are into open data, access to information, data revolution and similar topics that come under the realm of open development. Yet again it's time for Open Data Day Celebration! But hold on, unlike in the past years this year the Open Data Day (ODD) is being marked internationally in the month of March.
In order to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental results, it is important to get the right information, in the right format, to the right people, at the right time. Budget information is particularly important as budgets are the most powerful tools of the government to deliver its plans and programs and address country’s development needs. Such budget information is particularly invaluable for the citizens.
Freedom Forum's Open Budget Survey 2015 Finding Dissemination Seminar
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) in many countries has been instrumental in creating a platform for civil society and their governments to partner in bringing open government reforms that could have positive impacts on their country's development.