Bikas Udhyami with the technical assistance of The Central Bureau of Statistics launches Development Data Videos during Nepal in Data Evening

November 14, 2017

13 Nov 2017 

On November 13, 2017, Bikas Udhyami with the technical assistance of the Central Bureau of Statistics launched a series of videos to demystify different aspects of Nepal’s development by explaining them on the basis of officially available data in an easy to understand manner. The videos were launched during a program titled “Nepal in Data Evening:Connecting Nepal’s Development Dots” at Ashok Hall in Patan, with as Chief Guest, Suman Raj Aryal, Director General of the Central Bureau of Statistics. The program aimed to contribute to promote the use of data among young people in Nepal. The videos feature contemporary topics including poverty and inequality, the demographic dividend, the role of media as watchdog, energy, manufacturing, and violence against women.

The videos are inspired by the videos of Hans Rosling, world renowned statistician and founder of the Gapminder Foundation, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The program featured a guest lecture by Mr. Olof Granstrom and Ms. Fernanda Drumond from the Gapminder Foundation from Sweden on a fact-based world view. As part of the guest lecture, the audience was quizzed about their knowledge and perceptions on different aspects of Nepal’s development using electronic voting devices. The lecture provided the audience with new perspectives and insights based on available data regarding various issues related to Nepal’s development. The lecture was followed by an interactive exercise in which the audience were asked various questions about how people live in different parts of the world including Nepal based on Gapminder’s website.

Bikas Udhyami’s Nepal in Data Initiative has been seeking to increase the availability and accessibility of data on Nepal via its website as well as to enhance data literacy through its infographics, news and tools. The videos launched on November 13 were developed with the technical assistance of the Central Bureau of Statistics and are intended to generate more public interest around data and statistics enhance people’s understanding of key issues related to Nepal’s development. You can access the videos from this channel link.

The Nepal in Data Evening Event and videos have been made possible through the “Data for Development in Nepal” Program implemented by The Asia Foundation in Partnership with Development Initiatives with funding from the UK Department for International Development to improve the sharing and use of data as evidence for development in Nepal.

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