Sun Sep 30 2018
This post was jointly written by Shubham Ghimire, Chief Operating Officer and Nikesh Balami, Chief Executive Officer of Open Knowledge Nepal as a part of the Youth Empowerment, Youth Leadership and Data Workshop.
With the aim of creating a network of young data leaders who will lead and support the development of their communities through the use of open data as evidence for youth-led and data-driven development. The PAHICHAN – Youth Empowerment, Youth Leadership and Data workshop was conducted in 6 districts of 3 different provinces of Nepal, where more than 126 energetic youths were trained and sensitized on the concept of open data. The three days in-house workshop were conducted in Itahari, Bhojpur, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and Dadeldhura from 12th July to 14th August 2018.
During the 3 days workshop, the participants were informed about concepts of youth rights, leadership skills, and were oriented about the use of open data, visualization and mapping as evidence to tackle issues in their community. The session about youth empowerment and leadership was facilitated by the YUWA team and the hands-on workshop on data, visualization and mapping were facilitated by Open Knowledge Nepal, Nepali in Data and NAXA. The team was accompanied by the representative of the Data for Development Program in Nepal and local partners.
List of local partners who helped in successfully organizing a residential workshop are as follows:
|Itahari||Youth Development Centre Itahari|
|Butwal||Rotaract Club of Butwal|
|Nepalgunj||Cheers Creative Nepal – CCN and District Youth Club Network|
|Dhangadi||Far West Multipurpose Center|
|Dadeldhura||Social Unity Club|
On the first day of the three days workshop, Open Knowledge Nepal delivered half an hour session on ‘Open Data in Nepal’, where the history, current situation, definition, importance, working methodology and different open data initiatives from government, CSOs and private sectors were included.
On the second day after the orientation about data-driven brainstorming, participants were divided in groups and each group were asked to come up with a problem in their community. Then the groups started working on their identified issues where they explored existing data of the problems, hidden opportunities and probable solutions using data, the challenges, impact and identification of stakeholders to solve the raised issue. On the final day, the participants further work in two groups to plan evidence-based campaigns on the issues they have worked in the second day. Most of the groups planned to do awareness campaigns by making the use of data, infographics and map. Each group were provided with seed money of 7,500/- to implement their action plan within one month.
We realized the data-driven brainstorming session was very fruitful for the young participants and definitely helped them in understanding local community issues through the use of open data. Now, these participants can easily plan and conduct small impactful projects, evidence-based action plan and campaigns with limited resources.
List of issues which were selected for the brainstorming session:
|Itahari||Illiteracy, Unemployment, Substance Abuse, Caste Discrimination, Pollution|
|Bhojpur||Quality Education, Migration, Physical Infrastructure, Gender Discrimination, Unemployment|
|Butwal||Substance Abuse, Quality Education|
|Nepalgunj||Substance Abuse, Cleanness|
|Dhangadi||Youth Unemployment, Substance Abuse|
|Dadeldhura||Good Governance, Substance Abuse (Alcohol Consumption)|
The workshop was organized by YUWA and Data for Development in Nepal in coordination with Nepal in Data, Open Knowledge Nepal and NAXA, funded by UK Department for International Development implemented by The Asia Foundation and Development Initiatives.