Launch of our Nepal Country Study
This week we’re very excited to be launching work in Nepal. With the IATI standard now bearing fruit, we are increasingly turning our attention to how we can help make this information useful in aid recipient countries.
Last year, we worked with a group of interested organisations in Kathmandu to try and understand the nature of the demand for better aid information in Nepal. A series of workshops, a barcamp and a survey revealed a huge demand for information about aid. Specifically in five key areas:
- More detailed information about where aid is spent in Nepal, when it is spent, how it is spent, what it is spent on, and who it is spent by.
- Information that is accessible to all those who want to use it. This means information is translated into local languages, made meaningful for local contexts and uses appropriate methods and tools.
- Analysis of aid information alongside other data, including looking at aid alongside other resources such as government revenue and demographic information
- Capacity development and awareness raising to help different groups of people to find, understand and use information on aid that is relevant to them
- Evidence and lesson sharing on the most effective methods and tools to improve the availability and accessibility of information about aid
We believe that meeting these demands requires an information ecosystem involving many actors; donors, governments, civil society organisations, parliamentarians, the media, academics and the intended beneficiaries of aid-funded projects all accessing and using the data in different ways and using this as a platform to advocate for improvements in how resources for poverty reduction are used. For the past four years we have been working with partners to find ways to catalyse and support such a system and suggest there are three essential elements:
- Data that is available to everyone: data about aid should be published on the Internet according to a common, open standard
- Information that is accessible to everyone: Information intermediaries are needed to make information accessible and useful for different groups of people
- Capacity within organisations and individuals: to use the data and information for decision making and advocacy.
- Catalyse and support a community of organisations working to improve the transparency of aid and to meet the five demands identified during the scoping phase
- Develop a set of tools and methodologies that can support the use of aid information in Nepal
- Document and share policy-relevant evidence about the ways that an information ecosystem can be supported and developed, and the difference it can make.