Data revolution

Nepal’s emerging data revolution for sustainable development

Data use

At a national level these changes are unfolding differently, according to particular local contexts – for example those involving multiple stakeholders with diverse interests, and comprising different initiatives and milestones according to local priorities, challenges and opportunities. Since 2011 we have worked in collaboration with various partners to improve the production, sharing and use of […]


Insights into Nepal’s emerging data revolution

Data use

We’ve been working with local partners to engage non-state actors and government on this agenda, in particular through our support to the Open Nepal initiative. Alongside this, DI has supported local partners with funding and expertise on various technical, research and engagement efforts. Our focus has been to support the development of the information ecosystem […]


What are the principles of joined-up data?

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At the Friday Seminar that preceded this year’s UN Statistical Commission, Open Data Watch’s Eric Swanson asked me a challenging yet pertinent question following my presentation to the plenary. He asked: “The definition and principles of ‘open data’ are quite clear and simple but the principles of joined-up data are less clear. Can you enunciate […]


Opinion: The case for metadata

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The introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals has brought with it calls for a data revolution: transformative action to respond to the data demands of the post-2015 development agenda. Much of the focus of the data revolution has been on data collection, capacity building, closing data gaps and using data to promote transparency and accountability. While […]


Helping the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) reach its potential

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This week, we’re representing IATI – an initiative making information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand – at TAG 2017. This is the flagship event for IATI’s global technical community committed to improving transparency and open data in development. To date, IATI has attracted more than 500 publishers, who are sharing information about […]


Reaching the potential of IATI data

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Development and humanitarian actors of all types have traditionally faced challenges accessing quality, timely, forward-looking and comprehensive data on resource inputs and results. In 2008, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was launched as a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the transparency of aid, development and humanitarian resources. IATI has come a long way in […]


Reflections on the World Data Forum

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The key consensus emerging from the conference – which was attended by 1,400 data experts – is that in order to leave no one behind, investment in civil registration and vital statistics is absolutely imperative. Improving registry and administrative data is an essential building block in creating sustainable data infrastructures. That over 100 countries do […]


Long-term investments in a short-term world: Arguments for sustainable data

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Based on discussions that took place at the World Data Forum in January 2017 in Cape Town, this paper argues that the current focus on household surveys will not give developing countries the data they need to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We must ensure we do not perpetuate a divide between the data systems […]