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The D4D Program

Nepal is facing many pressing development challenges related to poverty, accountability, transparency, economic development, gender, and social inclusion.

To address these challenges, the use of evidence – reliable, accessible data and information – to inform decision-making, monitor progress, and evaluate development outcomes will be essential. Progress in the sharing and use of data for development in Nepal has been made over recent years – concepts of data transparency and rights to data have become increasingly known to champions both inside and outside government, and there is growing recognition of “open data” as an important tool for development. But, despite progress, there continue to be challenges in the sharing and use of data for sustainable development.

The D4D Program aims to improve the sharing and use of (open) data as evidence for development. It builds on Development Initiatives’ efforts since 2011 to improve the sharing and use of data for sustainable development of Nepal by catalyzing a functional, inclusive and locally led data ecosystem as well as The Asia Foundation’s work in Nepal and across Asia to promote the use of data as evidence for development by policy makers, civil society and the private sector.

The D4D Program’s approach is built on five pillars – using politically informed programming that enables strategic targeting of stakeholders; building local ownership and leadership of the data for development agenda; encouraging multi-stakeholder collaboration between data suppliers and users; piloting scalable innovations based on problem-focussed and user-centric approaches; and fostering learning to inform change. The D4D Program supports a range of local organisations to conduct innovative technical initiatives, research studies and engagement activities aimed at growing the demand for, supply of and use of (open) data.

Further information about the D4D Program can be found in the Program Factsheet [ADD LINK TO FACTSHEET]

Our Goal

The D4D Vision

The D4D Program works to ensure that more and better data is available, accessible and usable by a range of government, civil society, and private sector actors to inform decision making, implementation and monitoring of development efforts at the national and local level.

Our Objectives

  • Increase the demand for development data in open format by government, civil society, and the private sector.
  • Increase the availability, openness, and accessibility of development data for government, civil society, and the private sector.
  • Increase the capacity to use development data in open format among government agencies and civil society actors for evidence-based decision making, implementation and monitoring.

Implementing Partners

The Asia Foundation


The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region.

The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations.

Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research.

Development Initiatives


Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development.

DI works to ensure that development decisions are underpinned by good quality, transparent data and evidence on poverty and resources to address it, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable long-term outcomes.

DI’s work is focussed on getting better data on poverty and vulnerability so we know where need is greatest and whether efforts are working. We are dedicated to improving information about resources so that they can be targeted effectively. And we want to help others use data to improve decision-making and drive better results.

Donor Agency



The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) works to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty – GET TEXT FROM DFID


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