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Mapping Knowledge and Gaps in Data, Transparency, and Capacity Building Practices in the Mekong Region

USAID Mekong for the Future (MFF) commissioned the East-West Management Institute’s Open Development Initiative (ODI) to map the data ecosystem in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Thailand—collectively referred to here as the Mekong region—with the purpose of making recommendations to support CSOs in the region to engage with environmental governance and environmental data. Research was conducted from December 2021 – May 2022.

This process revealed three broad themes and several cross-cutting issues that impact the environmental data ecosystem in the Mekong Region: • Persistent knowledge gaps related to what data are available, where to find it, and how to use it; • A lack of diversity and inclusion in the data ecosystem, including the exclusion of Indigenous and other marginalized communities’ knowledge in existing datasets; and • Limited access to data due to gate-keeping, infrastructure and tool limitations, and safety and security challenges.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Access to information
  • Adult literacy
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Mekong
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

This report is made available for freely access, use and share under the license under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Version / Edition 2022
License Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

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Author (corporate) Open Development Initiative (ODI)
Co-author (individual) Chung, P., Chung, M. and Jingjungvisut, S.
Publication place Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher Open Development Initiative (ODI)
Publication date 2022
Pagination 51
General note

The Open Development Initiative would like to acknowledge and thank the people who contributed to this research, through sharing their professional experiences while working with environmental data with the ODI team. The ODI is also grateful for the support of colleagues at the East-West Management Institute during the editing process.

This report is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The authors’ views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States government or WWF.

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Keywords Data Governance,Transparency,Capacity Building,Mekong Region
Date uploaded June 27, 2023, 09:32 (UTC)
Date modified June 27, 2023, 09:43 (UTC)