In response to the April 25th, 2015 earthquake in Nepal an“Inter-Agency Common Feedback Project” was established. This aimed to ensure affected people had adequate access to information on the nature and logistics of the response intended to support them, and that systematic mechanismswere in place to collect feedback from affected communities to inform decision-making about the humanitarian response.

Open Nepal is working to understand and better articulate the demands and needs of information and data users in Nepal. Information and data about resource flows (aid, budget) and various thematic topics such as, natural resources, education, health etc. is used by many different people for a wide range of different reasons, and there are a variety of challenges which individuals and organisations face when trying to access, use and understand this information. We are seeking to understand the demand for, capacity to use, and impact of the use of information on development outcomes.

This piece of work by Freedom Forum with the AidData summer fellows was presented in the Open Data Working Group held on 3rd August this year. Find out more about the event in our blogs:

i) Demand-Driven Data is Instrumental in Enhancing the Supply of Data

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.