Category: Open Government

  • Digital Government Revisited – III

    Digital Government Revisited – III

    Institutions matter, more so for the development and implementation of Digital Government (DG), whose core target is public institutions’ transformation. On the one hand, public institutions should have an array of capacities to ensure public investments in digital technologies are effectively managed from beginning to end. In many low-income countries, such capabilities are exiguous or…

  • E-government Development II

    E-government Development II

    In this sequel post, I will look at the various components of the UNDESA e-government index and then introduce the EIU democracy index to explore potential interlinks between the two, ¬†Components The e-government development index (EGDI) comprises three distinct components 1. Online services. 2. Telecom infrastructure. And 3. Human capital.¬† While the last two are…

  • E-government Development I

    E-government Development I

    Birth Running on the coattails of the now infamous dot-com bubble, e-government first saw the light of day before the end of the last Millennium. At that time, where hype overtook the tech scene yet again, adding ‘e’ (as in electronic) to almost any theme became quite fashionable. First in the scene was e-commerce (and…

  • Status of ICT diffusion in Nigeria

    Status of ICT diffusion in Nigeria

    I have been engaged on a short term Nigeria-based consultancy on the role ICTs1 Just in case, ICTs = Information and Communication Technologies. could play in promoting citizen engagement in public policy and decision-making processes – or what some call e-participation. Part of the job requires research on the rate of ICT diffusion in the…

  • Relation between ICT Adoption and State Capacity

    Relation between ICT Adoption and State Capacity

    Introduction According to many observers, the rapid diffusion of new ICTs such as the Internet and social media has empowered people worldwide. Today, social media users, for example, have direct access to the public sphere and can thus launch campaigns to sway public opinion. These new channels have given voice to millions of people who…

  • Governments, Crowdsourcing and Innovation

    Governments, Crowdsourcing and Innovation

    The paper on the role of governments in crowdsourcing I presented at the last ICEGOV 2014 gathering in Guimaraes, Portugal, is now available here – in this blog. The paper was supposed to be published by ACM Press as part of the proceedings of ICEGOV.¬† However, the proceedings are still not available on the ICEGOV…

  • Pakistan Interview: e-governance and development

    Pakistan Interview: e-governance and development

    I gave the following interview to a local business newspaper during my mission to Pakistan. The interview was published on 15 December. BR Research: You have previously worked in Pakistan. How was the e-governance situation like back then, and how is it now? Raul Zambrano: It was back in 1993 when UNDP launched an initiative…