The agenda for greater openness in many areas of public life, including around budgets and aid, has emerged through mechanisms such as open data initiatives and Right to Information laws. A recent flurry of civic initiatives on open data, accompanies by government and donor efforts to develop and sustain an Aid Management Platform (AMP), are gradually spurring the open development movement in Nepal. A civil society-initiated Open Data Portal, numerous capacity development initiatives, awareness-raising efforts, information request campaigns, and advocacy activities are putting pressure on public agencies to proactively disclose information on data. The celebration of International Open Data Day in Nepal in 2014 drew the attention of media, transparency activists, CSO representatives, government officials, international community actors and tech-savvy communities among others. However, for all this excitement about open data, little is currently understood about practices of data access and use amongst mainstream CSOs and the media.
Through parallel exploration of the demand for and use of data and information on budget and aid, this case study explore whether or not open data could make a relevant contribution to governance and inclusive citizen empowerment in Nepal today.