My friend Dustin Homer invited me on Nepal Geo Coded Data Working Group Meeting. I was outside the valley when i got invitation so i shorten my trip to visit there.
Date : 9 Feb 2014
Location : School of Art, Kathmandu University Hattiban Lalitpur
Dustin Homer was talking about the AID Management platform that was implemented with partnership of Minister of finance in Nepal. Now Nepal government has public facing portal to show the AID Data. He gave quick demonstration of system. In the system, 3 stakeholder who can input the data, MOF, Line Ministries and Development Partner where Line Ministry can entry the progress report. If anyone want to input the data, they can contact ministry of finance where they will validate it before publishing. Ministry of Finance has certain mechanism to ensure the data publishing in system.
Is there any way to give feedback from end user? Not public at all but the people can contact the related person of project or even they can contact the ministry of finance for further query.
Till now MOF has more focusing the government servants of different district to use this system.
Dr, Sagar gave the example how data are presenting best today and where should we start to think. He raised the point that we should focus community and local people after all they are going to put concern it. We have to bring it to people. the system should be also for non technical people, non geo expert people. Kathmandu University together with other Development Agencies and stakeholder are more likely to train students and researcher to how to use. Intregate data to our development course. First Civil society has to own this, In Nepal more than 200 INGO and more than 35000 NGOs are working locally, regionally and nationally
Intra KC from USAID Nepal provide a glimpses of some case study/ implementation and some example of Free software. what ever we do, our target is to identify the partner and maximizing the impact
How we work? We download preliminary data from AMP and start to make it GEO enabled, it took 6 months to complete it but now you can get all these data in 5 mins. Different tools we can use easily:
Fusion table sites.google.com/site/nepalaidmaps
QGIS Quantum GIS
Bhuban Karki from IECCD / MOF said we are not doing lot but starting to do some. We started to revised foreign aid policy with changed circumstances. We are started to improve development coperate reports. We are starting to identify the district where donars are mostly involve and where poverty is high rated. We are also producing technical assistance book(aid which is not included in Red book), mapping the doners.
For future we can use geo coded information for long term national planning. this will also useful for regional planning. While allocating budget in our budget formulation practice we can use to identify the need.