Programmes & Projects | A growing partnership- a year of coordinating with CIVICUS/Datashift

Widely lauded by its proponents as a positive “game changer” in the development sector, Citizen generated data (CGD) as a concept is still relatively unknown in Nepal. CGD - the practice of sourcing data directly from the general public- is a relatively new concept in Nepal’s development sector but it’s potential is being recognised quickly.

To better understand the utility of CGD and to see whether/how this was having an impact in the country, LIG partnered with CIVICUS/DataShift to develop the “Impact of Citizen Generated Data in Nepal” report. (hyperlink here) Four initiatives that were using CGD in their campaigns were first identified. These initiatives were then contacted and interviewed; with questions focusing specifically on the i) the data collection method of these organizations ii) how they ensured data quality iii) how they used the data iv) their local context and sustainability and v) what their impact was. The report concluded by highlighting some of the challenges CGD initiatives face and a conclusion of how best to strengthen the CGD environment in Nepal.

Upon completion of this report, LIG was invited to attend the “CIVICUS Youth Assembly/ Datashift Jamboree April 2016” in Bogota, Colombia and to share some of the findings of the “Impact of Citizen generated Data in Nepal” report. Additionally, this conference also presented an opportunity to discuss some of the initial findings of LIG’s “Follow the Money” (hyperlink here) project which Data Shift had provided some seed funding for. Initial data suggested that up to 50% of earthquake related relief and reconstruction funding was unaccounted for in the first 6 months of the response.

At the end of the year, CIVICUS/DataShift and LIG coordinated with 4 local organizations (including LIG) to strengthen capacity to collect and use CGD to strengthen their own efforts to monitor or to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop was held and facilitated by three Data Shift staff and a SWOT analysis of each organization was carried out to identify each organizations awareness of CGD, their strengths and where they could be supported. The support was designed to be specific to each organization. Towards the end of the project, it was clear that all four organizations had a much better understanding of SDGs and how their work complimented them, how to better plan campaigns and how to access international funding sources.

LIG is grateful to CIVICUS/Data Shift for their partnerships as well as their support over the previous year. We look forward to engaging even more deeply with CIVICUS/Datashift to expand and strengthen the fledgling CGD environment in Nepal.