Programmes & Projects
As one of Nepal’s first proponents of Open Government Partnership, LIG was invited to attend the the “Open Government Partnership Global Summit” in Paris and share some of our experiences working in a disaster affected region.
For the past year, LIG has been working in partnership with CIVICUS/DataShift to explore and expand the Citizen Generated Data (CGD) ecosystem within Nepal. At first, a study was carried out to identify 4 initiatives using CGD in Nepal and conduct an analysis of their work, how they assured data quality and among other criterias, how much government buy in they had. LIG has also participated in international conferences with CIVICUS and has carried out one workshop alongside Datashift staff to encourage CGD awareness amongst 4 local organizations.
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 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.