Increasing the Availability, Accessibility and Use of Development Data and Statistics


A Gateway to Development Statistics on Nepal

Nepal in Data (NiD) is an open data and statistics portal developed by Bikas Udhyami to make development data and statistics on Nepal from 1950 to present available and accessible to wide audience. The portal aims to serve as a single point of entry from where users can access, interact with, compare and use data and statistics relating to different aspects of Nepal’s development.

Nepal has a rich history as a nation and has undergone many changes since it became a democracy in the 1950’s. At the same time, the country continues to face many development challenges including those related to poverty, governance, economic development, environment, access to justice and gender and social inclusion. Keeping track of Nepal’s development trajectory and progress towards development outcomes, however, is not easy. While there is a significant amount of data and statistics being generated, most of the data and statistics are difficult to access and use and are not in open format. Available data and statistics are scattered in different places and there is no central place where data and statistics on different sectors can be accessed, compared and analyzed to connect the dots of development and can be used for evidence based policy and decision-making, development programming, research and monitoring and evaluation.

The Nepal in Data Portal has the following features:

  • More than 1700 datasets are divided over 12 sections covering various sectors including agriculture and land; civil society and foreign aid; economy, market and finance; infrastructure, communication and technology; state and politics; the sustainable development goals; etc.
  • Users can choose from more than 1700 indicators and compare different indicators with each other.
  • The portal allows users to interact with and visualize their data selection in tabular, graph, chart and map format and download and print data and statistics.
  • An insight tab with daily updated infographics on different development issues.
  • An interactive timeline displays major events in Nepal’s development trajectory from 1950 till present.
  • A community section with the latest news, resources to support the analysis and use of data and statistics, and practices on how development data and statistics provided through Nepal in Data are used in reality.

Supporting Nepal's Development

By making relevant data and statistics available and accessible for others to use, the Nepal in Data portal seeks to contribute to Nepal’s development in various ways:

  • To support government in using data and statistics for evidence based policy making and decision-making on development issues.
  • To provide the general public with access to information to facilitate citizen participation in public affairs and to allow them to monitor progress towards development outcomes
  • To facilitate the use of data and statistics by civil society and development agencies to inform development programming.
  • To support the private sector to make more informed business and investment decisions.
  • To assist students, research institutions and media in using data and statistics for analysis, research and reporting.
  • To enable developers to use data to build solutions for Nepal’s development challenges.

Data Sources

The data and statistics on the Nepal in Data portal have been collected from a wide range of publically available government sources including websites, publications and reports by the Government of Nepal. A glossary on the portal acknowledges and provides details on specific sources used.

Going Beyond

Nepal in Data is the starting point of a journey to make data and statistics more available and accessible for everyone in Nepal. Data in itself is raw and needs be analyzed in order to have meaning. The Nepal in Data team will analyze data and convert it into easy to understand statistics that interpret and summarize the meaning of data, which will be made available through the portal.

In order for data and statistics to become truly accessible, the Nepal in Data team will enhance data literacy by building capacity to use and analyze data and statistics, developing infographics and working with stakeholders to address specific data and statistical needs so that they can understand and use data and statistics in meaningful ways in their work and lives.


Are you interested and would like to learn more about Nepal in Data? Do you have a dataset that you would like to share with us? Do you need help in using the datasets provided by Nepal in Data for your work? Are you interested in supporting us to update and expand Nepal in Data? Contact us. We are keen to explore collaboration with you.


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