Programmes & Projects

Relief Gaps Atlas: Our bit to ensure disaster accountability in Nepal

For the past year, LIG has been tracking financial flows to the last mile and mapping it on a GIS platform called the Relief Gaps Atlas. At the same time, LIG has been deploying crowdsourcing tools like SMS platforms and field teams to collect and amplify citizen grievances on the recovery process. By looking at financial flows and listening to public grievances, we are better able to understand just how effective the government's response in these two sites have been. To explore our Relief Gaps Atlas, please click here. .

Our powerful presence at Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris

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.

A growing partnership- a year of coordinating with CIVICUS/Datashift

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.

Our comprehensive earthquake response program in Nepal

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.

LIG releases Open Government: Global Perspectives publication

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.

Download the report here, with contributions from leaders of open government community of practice of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Yemen, Malta, Nepal, Liberia, Indonesia, USA etc.

Crowdsourcing, Mapping and Visualising Citizen Grievances in Nepal

In what has become Nepal's 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.

To read how we permanently changed the way citizens communicated with their government in Nepal, Download.

To explore data down to the VDC level and to see what citizens reported, click here

Recent Media Coverage

Blog & News

Counting what we cannot see! - The Data Commons
Anita Devkota & Anu Dongol in The DataShift Friday, April 27th, 2018
How has Nepal fared in disaster accountability? Not better than Haiti!
Quincy Wiele & Anu Dongol in Kathmandu Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
The OGP process in Nepal - On the path of our own choosing
Narayan and Pranav, OpenGov Hub Kathmandu Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Taking Nepal's experience global - LIG joins hands with DataShift and Civicus for ICSW 2016
Quincy Wiele in Bogota, Colombia Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Our Short Experience With Disaster Accountability in Nepal
Patrick Xu, Harvard University Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
The Group's founder wins Echoing Green Global Fellowship
Quincy Wiele in Kathmandu, Nepal Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
The Mobile Power in Your Hands
Ashley Hinson in Calais, Maine, USA Friday, May 8th, 2015
LIG Leads the Way in Low-Tech with OpenGov360
Craig Beyerinck, Kathmandu Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Open Data Reinforcing Good Governance
Craig Beyerinck in Bend, Oregon, USA Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Searching High and Low for Better Governance
Ashley Hinson & Craig Beyerinck, Kathmandu Friday, September 26th, 2014