RSDC and the University of Oxford have been engaging in a knowledge exchange initiative since 1 August 2018 for a project entitled, ‘Social Mobilization, Cooperatives and Development: Co-Managing Unused Secondary Data’. The project has been implemented by The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford, and Rural Self-Reliance Development Centre (RSDC) and will be last until 31 March 2019.
The overall aim of this project is to help develop the ‘knowledge management strategy and capacity for development’ of the partner NGO (RSDC) to make full use of the data gathered as part of RSDC’s everyday mobilization initiatives. Three distinct RSDC databases were identified for digitization and knowledge exchange with researchers and development practitioners more widely:
(1) the Household Comprehensive Baseline Database 2003-04 covering 60 local government units across the country: Database 1;
(2) the Nepal Social Mobilization Survey of 2004-05: Database 2;
(3) secondary information on cooperative institutions: Database 3.
Under the project a format and guidelines have been developed for the entry and analysis of Database 1, so that inputting of the very large body of data would be able to continue after the end of the project . Similarly, findings of the Social Mobilization Survey of 2004-05, Database 2, will be updated and made available online. Standard secondary data gathering forms were developed and sent out to 171 cooperatives. There will be joint field visits to Swabalamban cooperatives by Oxford Knowledge Exchange Fellow Dr Krishna Adhikari, and designated RSDC staff member(s) and interactions will be organized with cooperative officials in Rupandehi . At the end of the project, a seminar will be organized to discuss the preliminary findings and obtain feedback. A follow up meeting will be organized in July 2019 to take stock of the impacts of the project. Taken together these databases has the potential to create new knowledge promoting economic development and welfare.
RSDC will be looking for opportunities for comparative restudies, and a planning to carry out a small-scale pilot studies using internal resources. The data has potential for sophisticated analysis to complement surveys such as Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index, Health and Demographic Surveys, Nepal Living Standard Surveys. RSDC will be interested to find collaborators for this specialized analysis.