Open Nepal Briefings and Reports

Nepal Country Profile-Leave No One Behind – As one of the founding partners of the Leave No One Behind Partnership, Development Initiatives has produced a Country Profile of Nepal to support the national discourse on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides national level data which could be helpful in tracking progress against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make sure that no one is left behind. To ensure that SDGs goals are met for all we need to know who is at risk from being left behind, where they live and what circumstances they are living under. Data on Nepal shows that, as of 2010, the richest 20 per cent in Nepal owned 41.4 per cent of national income, in contrast to the 8.3 per cent shared by the poorest 20 per cent. This means, despite the significant reduction in poverty and inequality in Nepal over the last 15 years, the poorest 20 per cent of people are not sharing the benefits of development, particularly in rural areas. They are at risk of being left behind. The Country Profile of Nepal has been published in both Nepali version http://opennepal.net/resource/nepal-country-profile-leave-no-one-behind-... as well as in English version http://opennepal.net/resource/nepal-country-profile-leave-no-one-behind-...  

Open Government Data Briefing – Open Government Data is the concept of publicly and systematically sharing data from government in a format that enables it to be downloaded, analysed and used by a country’s citizens.  In many countries open government data has enabled citizens to better understand policies that have been enacted, engage with government decision-making, and hold the legislative accountable. It holds great potential to improve the effectiveness of development efforts as, with better access to government data, development actors can target their programs more effectively to the issues and communities that need most support. This briefing explains what open government data is, looks at how it could support Nepal’s development, and highlights the links with citizens’ legal right to information. It is available in English version http://opennepal.net/resource/briefing-open-government-data-nepal as welll as in Nepali version http://opennepal.net/resource/briefing-open-government-data-nepal-nepali-version

Open Government Partnership Briefing – Around the world governments are taking important steps to promote more open, accountable and responsive governance. A global initiative that is supporting this trend is called the 'Open Government Partnership' (OGP). The OGP has supported 70 countries, both in the developed and developing world, to implement plans, policies and practices that support government openness. Nepal is not currently a member of the OGP but is eligible to join. This briefing presents the case for Nepal to join the OGP and commit to the principals of open government. It is available in English version http://opennepal.net/resource/briefing-open-government-partnership-case-nepal as welll as in Nepali version http://opennepal.net/resource/briefing-open-government-partnership-case-nepal-nepali-version

Open Data Briefing - As global trends towards transparency and accountability gain ever-increasing traction, the phrase “Open Data” is becoming increasingly used - both internationally and within Nepal.  But, what is Open Data and what exactly does it mean for Nepal?  This document answers some basic questions, and dispels some myths, about the increasing demands and challenges of ensuring ‘open data’. It is available in English version http://opennepal.net/resource/briefing-open-data as well as in Nepali version http://opennepal.net/resource/open-data-briefing-nepali-version

Aidstream Overview - In an attempt to improve the effectiveness of development efforts, practices of transparency are increasing rapidly amongst the international development community.   In line with this, expectation is increasing from all corners for Nepal’s non-governmental organisations to improve their transparency too. Organizations implementing aid-funded projects are increasingly expected to share their aid spending information, and a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative (IATI – International Aid Transparency Initiative) has produced a globally recognized standard for all organizations to adhere to. http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-briefing-aidstream-overview

Incentives for NGOs to Publish to IATI - Owing to the fast moving transparency agenda, the expectation is increasing from all angles for NGOs to share information on their aid-funded projects. IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative), a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative, has produced a globally recognized standard for all organizations to adhere to when publishing their aid spending data. The aim behind this effort is to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-briefing-incentives-ngos-publish-iati-data

Data Journalism Resources - Open data provides huge potential to improve our understanding of the world and ultimately to bring about change to improve the lives of people. Increased access to data from government, donors, the private sector, civil society and citizens provides a great opportunity for journalists to use this data to help shape and inform their work and to provide greater insights into what is happening in the world. http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-briefing-data-journalism-resources

Links between Open Data and RTI - Greater access to data and information will not only empower citizens to hold their government to account, but it will enable their engagement in public issues, and help them make better informed decisions to improve their lives. Country-level efforts to improve access to information are being driven by two separate measures – firstly by “Right to Information” (also known as “Freedom of Information”) and more recently via the emergence of “Open Data”. http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-briefing-links-between-open-data-and-rti

Materials About Open Nepal - Open data drives effective decision making, improves service delivery, spurs innovation and empowers citizens. In international open development discourses, open data has been referred to as a powerful tool to support evidence-based decision making in addressing development challenges and ensuring effective development efforts, ultimately leading to social change and economic growth.

o    Briefing Introducing Open Nepal: http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-briefing-introducing-open-nepal

o    Flyer outlining Open Data and Open Nepal:  http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-flyer-open-data-and-open-nepal

o    Flyer outlining Open Data and Social Accountability: http://opennepal.net/resource/open-nepal-flyer-open-data-and-social-accountability