Workstreams | Open Government
Open government, the idea that if we make public service information-rich, there is a possibility of wiping out the need for middlemen, make bureaucracy more responsive to people, and take a swipe at corruption. Opening up government data democratises information, increases transparency, allows effective public oversight, and lowers the barriers for people to collaborate.
The broader benefits of opening up the data facilitates more scientific policy-making, and engage people in government by strengthening them with information they can use to challenge office bearers, devise new tools and services and create employment and lower corruption.
For example, public can visually find information about where schools, health posts or police stations are located; track and report bogus schools; know the level of education and health spending in each district; monitor government's development budget; scrutinise infrastructure spending, and generally put pressure on politicians and office bearers to be accountable.
Our first work under this PAC will be to liberate expenses data under post war reconstruction money. Then LIG will work towards setting up Nepal Open Data Initiative, modelled on Kenya's Open Data Initiative and UK's Open Government.
LIG is currently piloting an Open Government project in Kavre district.
Our snap survey in Kavre district revealed that an overwhelming 87% of the public in average do not know how much money is coming into their villages, and 80 % wanted to know how much the government is spending in their villages and districts and further said they would challenge the government to be transparent and accountable in spending if they knew the spending information.
Basing the interventions on these survey results, LIG is working to inform the public about government’s spending and demand transparency and accountability from the local office bearers. Our proposition is that when people are informed on local budget allocation for their schools and hospitals, and roads and water projects, etc., it will lead to a transparent and increasingly accountable government, subsequently leading to Open Government.