Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
This week, the OpenGov Hub model has expanded to its first international location—in Kathmandu, Nepal. As the first transparency- and accountability-themed co-working space in South Asia, OpenGov Hub Nepal is bringing together representatives of organizations working in the open data, transparency and accountability field, to build a cohesive community for open government in Nepal—a young democracy that is struggling to establish good governance. The Hub’s founding members are: Accountability Lab, Development Gateway, Kathmandu Living Labs, Local Interventions Group, and Open Nepal.
OpenGov Hub Nepal will be based out of a traditional Nepal-style building in Kathmandu’s Baluwatar neighborhood, complete with a large conference room, private meeting spaces, and a peaceful courtyard café below. In addition to building discussion and collaboration between the founding groups as well as OpenGov Hub groups in Washington, DC, OpenGov Hub Nepal hopes to serve as a networking center—a place to house open government information and knowledge—and to hold events for activists, civil society groups, NGOs, journalists, government officials and students, all of whom are increasingly interested in issues of transparency and accountability in Nepal.
If you are visiting Kathmandu, we hope you will stop by. The members are also working on setting up virtual “hub” where people can go for information on issues related to open government in Nepal.
To connect with our team in Nepal, send an email to info[at]opengovhub.org.