Open Data


Open Data Day Nepal 2018

April 17, 2018


If you produce data, publish it. If you have data, use it. If you don’t have data, demand it. On March 3, Open Data Day Nepal 2018 with as theme ‘Open Data For Everyone’ was celebrated at Patan Durbar Square and Museum. The day was jointly organized under the banner of Open Nepal by Accountability Lab, Bikas Udhyami, Center for Data Journalism, Fre… Read more


Photo Blog: Nepal Celebrates Open Data Day

March 14, 2018


On March 3, data enthusiasts and advocates convened in Nepal’s historic Durbar Square to mark Open Data Day. Celebrated in many cities across the globe, the day highlights the importance of freely accessible and usable data. Hundreds attended the public event in Kathmandu-from students to curious bystanders and representatives of the open data comm… Read more

Open Data in Nepal 

Building an Open Data Ecosystem in Nepal

February 28, 2018


On March 3, hundreds of groups from around the world will celebrate Open Data Day to showcase the value of open data for communities and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business, and civil society. For Nepal, which is currently undergoing a process of decentralization to a new federal structure, there are high hopes f… Read more


New Leap in Visualizing Development Data Across Asia

January 17, 2018


“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” It’s a bold statement featured in a recent headline from The Economist that no doubt raises eyebrows, but also drives home the fact that in the past decade, big data has increased exponentially to become one of the most valuable commodities in the world. For international development,… Read more


Asia Foundation and Australian Data Archive Sign MOU

January 11, 2018


In late December, The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian Data Archive, based at the Australian National University Centre for Social Research and Methods, to initiate collaboration and knowledge sharing of complex data sets. The MOU will allow the Australian Data Archive to host the Foundation’s extensive… Read more


Asia Foundation Launches Data Portal

January 10, 2018


The Asia Foundation today launched its new Data Portal at, a key element of the organization’s commitment to innovative and evidence-based development program. The new portal provides visualizations of the Foundation’s extensive survey collection across Asia and builds on its leadership in data transparency. Data is criti… Read more

Photo from Mindanao, Philippines: soldier at a checkpoint. 

Local Data Sheds New Light on Violence in Southeast Asia

November 16, 2016


In the last few months, a spate of coordinated bomb attacks in Thailand days after a constitutional referendum, new bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and violent protests in the lead-up to gubernatorial elections in Jakarta, have served as a somber reminder of the violence that simmers under the surface of an otherwise relatively stable and eco… Read more


New Online Portal Provides Greater Budget Transparency in Myanmar

August 10, 2016


After four months of much-awaited pronouncement, on July 29 Myanmar’s National League of Democracy-led government finally released its 12-Point Economic Policy outlining key priorities under the country’s new reform strategy. Among these were commitments to strengthen public financial management through more prudent and efficient public spending an… Read more


Desecuritizing Transboundary Water in South Asia

September 17, 2014


Severe floods in the Kashmir region of Northern India and Pakistan over the past few weeks have taken 450 lives so far, and uprooted thousands of residents on both sides of the highly politicized border. Heavy monsoon rains caused the Chenab and Jhelum rivers (tributaries of the Indus River system) to overflow their banks…


The Power of Open Data in Asia

February 19, 2014


Open Data Day 2014 on February 22 is gearing up to be a momentous global event, not least of all in Asia where over 40 unique hackathons will be held in cities throughout India, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. These hackathons, or “codefests,” will draw software developers, interface designers, and data scientists together…