Civil War Monitoring Portal
Identifying, collecting and monitoring the current status of 12 years long civil war victims and affected area of Nepal.
Monitoring Portal Mockup
The Maoists Soldiers
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Peace and prosperity of Nepal is at stake due to sluggish development and growth over the years. The main factors are the 12 years of civil war between Nepal government and CPN Maoist which increasingly affected Nepal’s economic performance since 2001. Economic growth slowed to an average of 1.9% over the FY 2002-04 period compared to 4.9% in the decade preceding that. More than 12,000 people have been killed, physical infrastructure worth at least $ 250 million has been destroyed, nearly 400,000 rural families have been internally displaced while thousands of others have crossed over to India in search of work. The private investment rate has declined from 15.4% in 1996 to 12.6% in 2004, as private investors have desisted from making investments and foreign investors have stayed away and economic disruptions have increased and development expenditures have declined sharply.
We propose to build Open Data/Information Portal by including comprehensive features, which will include stories and details about the victims and missing people in the conflict, Lifestyle of the Mao Soldiers post civil war, Work analysis of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) to monitor the disarmament of Maoist rebels, Economic growth before and after the war, Reconstruction post-war, Human Rights violation stories, Agencies working on peace development, empowerment post-war and Empowerment programs etc.
These data & information will serve as the data-driven implementations to reform the affected ones. The data of the portal will especially focus on the families of war victims and missing people who are under the poverty line and are still fighting for their rights with the government of Nepal. We also plan to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction of those areas by increasing their access to technology and empowering them for entrepreneurship and local business. This will motivate donor agencies, INGO, CSOs, local government and establish the ideas as a national project.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Beneficiaries of our project are more than 1 million populations of different districts of Nepal, who suffered from the 12 years long civil war. In the civil war, local people of different districts were involved. Our analysis and data collection, we can point out the areas that are affected severely or partially by the civil war. By these data, it is easy to point out which areas are bounced back and lifestyle of people became normal. For example, we can take Sanfebagar, headquarter of Achham district where the Airport and other physical infrastructures are severely damaged in the war. But recently the airport is reopened and different agencies are doing empowerment work to help the people for a normal lifestyle.
Projects will especially focus on the families of war victims, missing people who are under the poverty line and are still fighting for their rights with the government of Nepal and the Maoist soldiers who didn't join the Nepal army after the sign of the peace agreement.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
We plan to integrate technology with the subject which people care & can directly relate to. We want to lead by example and make project data-driven, hence monitoring the progress of development and war-affected people lives would be easier and what are the outliers, lacking & things that should be done for effective empowerment, reconstruction and rehabilitation would be easily pointed out.
We plan to collect the data and information in 3 different phase: History, Improvements and upcoming Prosperity plan of government and international agencies. We will develop and publish all the collected data in an open portal in an easily understandable format which can be further use and reused by different stakeholders. INGO, donors, the government can use information which can help them figure out the improvement and establish the projects as a national campaign. Project will also help to find the marginal groups and community who are still awaiting government responses of resettlement.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
Open Knowledge Nepal is as a non-profit civic tech organization comprised of openness aficionados, Who believe that openness of data is powerful in order to have a participatory government with civil society, eventually leading to sustainable development. The organization has been involved in research, advocacy, training, workshops and developing tools related to open knowledge.
The different kinds of work and services provided by Open Knowledge Nepal.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
Recently Sanfebagar airport is reopened which was severely damaged in the war and there are many stories coming out frequently about the court cases of the murders, success stories of the Maoist soldiers post civil war, missing people’s families still trying to find some information and victims families. Over 60,000 people who have filed complaints with the two commissions set up in 2014 to investigate the murders, rapes and forced disappearances perpetrated by both sides during the conflict.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Our project data and information will serve for the data-driven implementations to reform the affected ones. Data-driven implements like empowerment of the affected victims, skill development programmes to uplift socio-economic status who are yet to be compensated for their loss. Civil war obviously had long-term effects on peace, prosperity, and planet. We saw exploitation of human rights and peace. Even now we are hearing voices about how victims have not been provided with justice yet. Existing court cases are proof of long-term effects of war on peace. Damage on then available resources and political unrest arose due to war has resulted in us the long-term economic crisis and negligible economic growth of overall nation compared to current development rate of the globe. Our portal will provide information about affected regions and if damaged infrastructures are reconstructed or not which will help to reform damaged regions and have a positive impact to fellow victims.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
The project will have different partners and collaboration. The list of potential collaborators are: National Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Organization of Nepal, Ministry of Women, Children & Social Welfare, Social Welfare Council, Robotic Association of Nepal, Nepal Flying Labs etc.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
After the adoption of the new constitution, Nepal enters the federal structure with 753 local bodies. Due to the federal system, the maximum rights have been automatically transferred to local levels to empower citizens and is expected to augment the regime of transparency and accountability in the public affairs. The growth in the use of technology and the youths getting motivated to do something for the betterment of to county has been identified as one of the top strength in the community.
Hilly region - Province 5 and 6, Nepal
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Total project duration will be around 3 Years (36 months):
Research: 6 months
Data Collection and Analysis: 9 months
Implementation: 6 months
Inter-connection with Government, Donors and others: 5 months
Awareness and Capacity Building: 8 months
Miscellaneous and Wrap-up: 2 months
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)