Data sits at the heart of informed decision making and is a key ingredient for governance and accountability. Getting the 'Right information to the right people at the right time' offers governments, law makers, civil societies, businesses and citizens unprecedented opportunities to make evidence-based decisions for more effective and sustainable development.
There is currently very little “open government data” in Nepal. Open Government Data is data produced or commissioned by government that is made publically available in open format (e.g. csv) for free use and redistribution. Key open government datasets in Nepal remain in closed formats, including government budget and expenditure, and key national statistical data such as the census. This website shows how Nepal compares against other countries in terms of the openness of government data – we fall behind both India and China in our ranking.
The Nepal earthquake not only shook up the ground, but also the people's lives, homes, our infrastructure and our economy. As streams of humanitarian aid flow to Nepal from all over the world, a key question being asked among the population is “where is this money going?”
Citizen Surveys as a basis for informed decision making
A recent community feedback survey funded by UNDP and conducted by Accountability Labs, Local Interventions Group and Ground Truth Solutions has provided numerous insights into the problems facing citizens affected by the earthquake.
The day after the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April, Accountability Lab and Local Interventions Group partnered to set up the Mobile Citizen Helpdesk (#quakehelpdesk). Over the last three months, they have mobilized 120 volunteers to speak with over 4,000 citizens in the 14 hardest-hit districts, gathering valuable feedback and closing the loop on hundreds of community problems and issues.
The field we work in is full of buzzwords - open development, transparency, accountability, good governance, citizen participation, access to information etc, and the latest one we are hearing is “Citizen Generated Data”. Over the past few months we have heard the term increasingly often, but what does it actually mean? Well, the folks at DataShift have just published a briefing that answers our question - explaining what citizen generated data is and why it is important.
The new 'Hamro Police' App uses citizen data to revolutionize Police response to crimes.
The recently launched 'Hamro Police' mobile app combines the power of technology with the potential of citizen-generated data to improve the Police force’s safety assistance service, and potentially to help prevent and curtail crimes.
As those severely affected by the earthquake have begun the long process of emotional recovery they have also taken a stride towards reconstruction. But, at this difficult time, their lives are being made even harder. Lack of access to clear information about the various financial support packages pledged by the government has left people grappling to comprehend what assistance they are entitled to.