The April 2015 Nepal earthquake brought large-scale destruction to houses and infrastructure in large parts of Nepal. Distruptions to the telecommunications networks meant that some, primarily rural, communities were disconnected for several days – hindering and slowing down the provision of vital disaster relief.
A lack of transparency can lead to inefficiencies and few people benefiting from money allocated to development projects. Increasing accountability is one way to empower citizens to see where the money is spent.
More than two years after the earthquake many people are still living in temporary or unsafe housing. Funds have been allocated for reconstruction efforts, but obtaining them can be a long and difficult process for people living in the countryside.
Many Nepalis go abroad to work and send money back to their families. However, to obtain work abroad many people go through local agencies who promise jobs that turn out to be a lot different and paid less once they are abroad. The migration of, primarily men, also lead to changes in the demographics and challenges in communities where many are working abroad.
Climate change and destruction of irrigation and water systems in rural communities create new challenges for food security and rural economies.
Due to road conditions and weather, some communities are hard to reach which means that information on needs and issues in these communities can be hard to obtain. Technology presents one way to connect these communities and help spur development.