Programmes & Projects | Nepal Government Atlas

A big part of the problem in transparency and accountability space in Nepal is the almost complete lack of information the public has about government decision-making processes. Rarely does the public know what infrastructure projects the government has lined up, how much budget has been allocated, and who the contracts were awarded to. This has effectively removed the public's ability to act as "watchdogs" and reduced their capacity to hold their local elected officials accountable.

The new federal structure in Nepal presents an opportunity for local officials to break this cycle and to push forward development projects in a transparent manner. Officials who previously had little public pressure to deal with and could count on their position in political parties to ensure their position now have to take into account the voice of their constituents who are more engaged, more informed and more assertive of their rights.

To capitalise on this momentum, the demand side- i.e. the ability of the public to demand information and accountability from the government- must be strengthened and the most effective way to do so is by sharing information as widely as possible.

LIG has developed two platforms - one to track public spending (Capital Projects Atlas), one to track what genuine grievances public might have that needs solved by local duty bearers (Citizen Grievances Report & Redress).

The goal of two pronged technology innovation is to make municipalities transparent, responsive and accountable, and that citizens have a voice in influencing how local bodies governs them. For local authorities, the platforms presents an opportunity to listen directly to the development priorities of their constituents. The platforms also assist government officials keep track of public projects, enhancing their own ability to monitor projects and spending.

To understand how we tracked public development spending with pictorial evidence and geo-fenced mapping, visit the site Capital Projects Atlas

To understand how we enhanced the voice component of citizens thereby enhancing the responsiveness of municipalities, visit the site Citizens Grievances Report & Redress .