Open data

Supporting Nepal in the sharing and use of (open) data for development

Data use

In August 2017 the worst monsoon rains for 15 years hit the Terai region of Nepal, causing flooding and landslides that affected 1.7 million of Nepal’s citizens. Nepal’s southern districts are often affected by floods, and this is far from being the first time that the region has had to deal with the fallout from […]

SEMIC Conference – reflections on the potentially transferable lessons

Data use

“If we don’t have interoperable solutions we could not do our work, we could not invent the future” said Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, in his closing speech at the Semantic Interoperability Conference (SEMIC 2017) in Malta a few weeks ago. Mr Markkula emphasised how important it is to ensure investment in […]

What are the principles of joined-up data?

Data use

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 […]

Using hydrological data to reduce disaster risk and enhance community resilience in Nepal

Data use

Regional training for a community-based flood early warning system, Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: ICIMOD, Kathmandu Rajendra’s demand for data and information “We need real-time data on flooding so we can issue early warnings to both communities at risk and disaster management authorities, so they are informed and prepared” Until 2009 the water levels of Nepal’s rivers […]

Using supply-chain data to improve the quality of public health services in Nepal

Data use

Gyan’s demand for data and information “We use data to ensure balance in stock levels so that adequate health supplies and medicines are made accessible all-round the year and in every part of the country based on the people’s need” Until relatively recently, the exchange of information between health facilities at the district level and […]

Using data to reduce diseases, and improve healthcare, for children in Nepal

Data use

Mukunda’s demand for data and information “We need data to determine vaccination needs and to know where to allocate our resources to ensure that every child gets immunised and that we reduce the number of deaths from preventable diseases” Mukunda is responsible for the effective implementation of the government’s National Immunization Program, which works to […]

Using agricultural data to guide government’s food security efforts in Nepal

Data use

Santosh’s demand for data and information “We need a large variety of data for analysing the various dimensions of food security across the country and to ensure we keep poverty at bay” Nepal’s extreme climate variability, hilly terrains and prevalence of rain-fed subsistence farming mean production of food can be unstable and difficult to predict. […]

The use of data by government actors in Nepal to solve development problems

Data use

The ability of national and local government actors in developing countries like Nepal to produce and use relevant, timely and disaggregated data is critical to development success and sustainability. For international actors to make a valuable contribution to revolutionising the production, sharing and use of data for development, they must be informed by the needs […]

DI receives Kenya Open Data award for innovation


The awards are given to those who have helped make data more open and accessible, and are open to government, private sector, NGOs, civil society organisations and others. DI’s data hub is an open platform that makes data on poverty and resources accessible online. It allows people online to see Kenya’s country profile which includes […]