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.
Last week’s blog highlighted the discussion during the Open Nepal Week event held on 16 December 2015 around the opportunities that the Open Government Partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote greater government openness and public participation in policy, offers both government and civil society.
As Open Nepal Day 2015 dawned I was a bit nervous about whether the fuel crisis would deter participants from attending. We were set to welcome a range of representatives from civil society to discuss new themes on open development, share information and ideas, network and create synergies. But, despite the current difficulties in travelling around Kathmandu and in testament to the enthusiasm of Nepal’s open development community, by the time event began the room was filled.
Today, discussions about 'Open Government Data' are abuzz. Various development discourses, both global and local have positioned it as a means to achieve positive ends.
This week on 16 December representatives from civil society, academia, and media will convene for a series of events taking place as a part of Open Nepal Week 2015.
What is Open Nepal Week?
Speaker of the Parliament, Onsari Gharti Magar speaking during the inaugural session