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 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, violence against women and global warming.
Bikas Udhyami’s Nepal in Data Initiative has been seeking to increase the availability and accessibility of data on Nepal via its http://www.nepalindata.com 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. The 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.
The first video features Dr. Biswo Poudel, Senior Economist at the National Planning Commission and focuses on poverty and inequality in Nepal: