Social development

Discussions Prioritize Self-determination Rights for Indigenous Data

Indigenous identity is linked to the uniqueness of their valuable cultures, knowledge, and languages, which is reciprocally tied to time and space. Activists in Thailand call for priorities on self-determination rights for indigenous data. During the events celebrating this year’s Thailand’s Indigenous Peoples Day and ...

Open Development Vietnam publishes a story on ethnic minority traditional festivals

Open Development Vietnam just published a story map representing 17 typical ethnic minority traditional festivals in Vietnam recognized as national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Festivals are an essential part of spiritual life in Vietnam, reflecting unique customs and practices ...

Open Development Vietnam launches a storybook shared by indigenous women

Part of our work through the Open Development Initiative is to support the digital rights of Indigenous Peoples in the region. Open Development Vietnam has partnered with Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM) to develop storybooks shared by Indigenous women in Vietnam.   It’s available ...

Open Development Mekong recently published an evolution of our data literacy training in the Mekong region

Open Development Mekong recently published an evolution of our data literacy training entitled, “If data were an open forest — would anyone use it?”  The Open Development Initiative (ODI) has been facilitating the collation and release of data and information for over eleven years now. The ...

Open Development Mekong publishes a report on "Filling Data Gaps to Support Access to Civil Rights in the Mekong Region"

Open Development Mekong recently published a report on “Filling Data Gaps to Support Access to Civil Rights in the Mekong Region.”  Data gaps impact the ability of marginalized peoples in the Mekong region to access their civil rights. Supporting them to access their digital rights allows ...

Mekong Women in Data: Understanding barriers to women’s access to open data in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam

Gender inequality underscores the lives of women all over the world. At the Open Development Initiative, we wanted to understand how this impacted women in the Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) in their access to open data. In ...

Open Development Laos publishes new topic page on "COVID-19 and Education"

Open Development Laos (ODL) recently published a new topic page on “COVID-19 and Education” in English. Laos has reported relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases. However, Laotians have still been significantly impacted by both national and international measures to prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Education is ...

Open Development Myanmar publishes a new topic page on "COVID-19’s impact on employment on women in Myanmar"

Open Development Myanmar (ODMm) recently published a new topic page on “COVID-19’s impact on employment on women in Myanmar,” available in English and Burmese. Impacts of the pandemic on the employment are seen a high proportion of informal works. Women are significantly more likely than men ...

Open Development Laos publishes new topic page on COVID-19 and Gender Equality

Open Development Laos (ODL) recently published a new topic page on “COVID-19 and Gender Equality” in English. Like other countries, Laos has been impacted by the economic downturn triggered by the pandemic. The preventative measures for COVID-19 have had knock-on effects on Laotians, but more intensified ...

Open Development Vietnam publishes new topic page on​ "Ethnic minorities and indigenous people policy and rights"

Open Development Vietnam recently published a new topic page on “Ethnic minorities and indigenous people policy and rights.” “The Vietnamese Government recognizes 53 ethnic minorities. Most ethnic minorities inhabit remote areas of Vietnam and have their own belief systems which are heavily tied to land. The Government ...

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