By: Open Nepal On: 08 July, 2016

This blog was first published in Development Initiatives Data Blog

Last week we shared some recommendations from the civil society on improving sharing of government data in Nepal. We are pleased to annouce the second in our series of blogs about government data sharing which includes the views of those inside government. 

Recommendations from those inside government

By Joshua Leslie

By: Open Nepal On: 01 July, 2016

This blog was first published in Development Initiatives' Data Blog.

For the first time ever, sharing open government data could be a possibility in Nepal. In this two-part blog, Open Nepal’s Pavitra Rana and Joshua Leslie outline the key opinions voiced – from both inside and outside the country’s government – about the potential for change.

By: Sarah Meikle On: 17 June, 2016

This post is from guest blogger, Sarah Meikle, and was originally published on As a consultant, Sarah works with development organizations to improve their Monitoring & Evaluation and data collection systems. She is a firm believer in open data and promotes civic engagement with open data as a way of bringing about change. 

By: Joshua Leslie Sherchand On: 07 June, 2016

“Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere requires closing the remaining digital divide.” - The World Development Report 2016 

By: Pavitra Rana On: 30 May, 2016

The success of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is important globally, but in particular for Nepal where the decade-long political instability, 2015 earthquake1 and recent border blockade crisis have pushed our development indicators behind and recently risked an increase in our levels of poverty.

By: Open Nepal On: 24 May, 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of a new briefing on 'Open Data'.  The briefing provides an overview of what  Open Data is and what  it means for Nepal - it answers some basic questions and dispels some myths about the opportunities and challenges of open data.  Aiming to improve  awareness of open data among the wider Nepali audience we have also published this briefing in Nepali language. Both Nepali and English version can be downloaded from Open Nepal's Resources Page here.

By: Khushbu Agrawal On: 16 May, 2016

The value of open budget data is well established.

By: Khushbu Agrawal On: 13 May, 2016

If you follow the news at all, you know that this is the budget season. The Ministries and government officials are busy preparing and finalizing their respective budgets for the fiscal year 2073/74 (2016/17). For those from non-finance, non-planning, and non-policy background, it could be a confusing affair, yet an important one at that. National budget is the forecast of annual revenues and expenditures and is reflective of the existing policies and plans of the government.

By: Chetna Dahal On: 09 May, 2016

Being the public health student it is very important that I have the ability to collect relevant health data and gather useful information. Few months ago I wanted to find out more about how our health system deals with malaria and so I decided to travel to a nearby district to find out what happens there. To find the information I was seeking I knew that I had to visit the public health office in the district… but the first challenge was finding it.