Open Nepal Briefings and Reports

·         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