In order to assist user-centered approaches to providing data on aid finance in Nepal, this discussion paper investigates the aid information needs of a range of stakeholders.
Recent years have seen increasing efforts, both locally in Nepal and internationally, to improve how data and information about aid flows is collected and shared. The government of Nepal, supported by development partners, has established the Aid Management Platform (AMP) as a public website. Several other platforms and initiatives have been put in place by various actors with the aim of providing aid-related and humanitarian financing information, in particular following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. This reflects a growing demand for increased production, sharing and use of data to meet development aims, as well as improved transparency and accountability.
Internationally, there has also been an increase in the availability and quality of data. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) now has more than 900 bilateral, multilateral, non-government and private sector development partners publishing data to its standard. What is less clear, is the extent to which aid data is being used, by whom and for what purpose, and it is this that the discussion paper seeks to investigate for the specific case of aid information use in one country.
This discussion paper highlights information needs of different stakeholder groups in Nepal, considers the potential role of data published to the IATI Standard, and builds interest in increased use of data on aid finance among key stakeholder groups. The paper finds that:
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