Programmes & Projects
Within 48 hours of the first earthquake of April 25, 2015 in Nepal, Local Interventions Group in partnership with Accountability Lab developed the #quakeHELPDESK to improve the overall disaster response that was to follow. We used simple tech innovations like SMS short-code #4000, FM radio and assisted the government’s emergency hotline number 1234. Our disaster response programme has scaled with four components and expanded to cover all 14 most affected districts.
Local Interventions Group has been actively advocating for better communication with affected communities during disasters based on data and better technology. Our engagement as an UN partner on Inter Agency Common Feedback project ensures, to an extent, on why communicating with affected communities is important to uphold the rights of crisis-affected people, ensure they are well treated during a humanitarian response and increase the effectiveness of aid.Read more on what we advocated for as a panellist at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva in October 2015
We have developed a mobile app 'Hamro Police' for Nepal Police, with technology, talent and resource support from Islington College, a pioneering business and IT College in Kathmandu.
‘Hamro Police’ app enables members of the public within Kathmandu valley to swiftly report GIS coded, time-stamped incidents of crime and report with pictorial and documentary evidence - enabling Nepal Police to respond swiftly and efficiently. Current functionalities include reporting incidents; locating nearest police stations; lodging complaints and thanking honest and committed police officers for their service. Scaling strategy includes improving access
Local Interventions Group is awfully particular when it comes to open government in the global South. If we advocate and push for machine readable data-sets in the name of Open Government Data in poorer countries of the south, we are just exposing ourselves to failure and disappointment. Open Government in the south should be about appealing to the lowest common denominator, and enhance government’s service delivery by informing the people. In understanding that open government has different challenges and opportunities in Puerto Rico, than Yemen or Malta, for example, we hope to contribute to a new conception of open government - one with a truly global perspective, one with a model fit for the low-tech countries of the south.
In what has become Nepal’ first citizen feedback loop using Ushahidi and mobile telephony coordinated with the government at the central as well as local level, we have just concluded an innovative pilot where citizens of two contrasting districts of Mahottari and Tanahun used their mobile phones as a tool to report their grievances at the local level - amplifying their voices in demand for better services from their government. The reports and insights gathered have been revealing, with signs of immediate impact at the VDC level. Data was categorised into 5 indicators, with primary focus on absenteeism of VDC Secretaries and malpractices relating to social security allowance and development project delivery. LIG is planning to scale up this innovation to link up with grievances redress mechanism.
LIG is planning to scale up this innovation to link up with grievances redress mechanism.
LIG becomes part of a global ‘Opening Parliament’ community and endorses the declaration on Open Parliament
What happens in the parliament matters. Open Parliament, the idea that allows us to watch and observe the parliamentary proceedings, committee decisions and keep track of Nepal’s constitution writing process. To enhance impact and learn lessons from global open parliament practices, we are now a member organisation of Opening Parliament, a forum intended to help connect the world's civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries' parliaments and legislative institutions. Together with global community of Opening Parliament, we seek to open up Nepal’s parliament to make it more transparent and accountable to citizens.The Declaration on Parliamentary Openness that we have pledged to is here.