Achieving Sustainable E-Government in Pacific Island States by Rowena Cullen, Graham Hassall

By Rowena Cullen, Graham Hassall

This booklet analyzes the typical set of hindrances to the improvement and integration of presidency info and conversation know-how (ICT) initiatives and potent e-government tasks in constructing international locations. It attracts at the services and event of extra built states within the Pacific, significantly Australia and New Zealand, either hugely rated in international scores for e-government and energetic in various e-government improvement initiatives around the sector.

There has been a normal failure to spot priorities and align tasks with neighborhood wishes in ICT/e-government tasks. Small Island constructing States (or SIDS) current a special challenge when it comes to e-government. not just do they be afflicted by a standard set of obstacles to ICT improvement resembling their remoteness, geographical dispersion, wet tropical climates, principally rural populations, and absence of ICT capability and infrastructure, yet also are depending on exterior corporations for funding, and needs to negotiate with strong donors who've conflicting agendas.

E-government is commonly considered as 'transformational', expanding potency, productiveness, responsibility, monetary progress, and citizen involvement. yet whereas the governments of SIDS are dedicated to harnessing ICTs for powerful govt and monetary improvement, they face significant demanding situations in setting up winning e-government projects, because of the difficulties defined above, coupled with a scarcity of HR capacities and applicable techniques and policies.

Drawing at the event of the states pointed out above, in addition to neighborhood quasi-governmental our bodies, nongovernmental agencies (NGOs), reduction organizations, and the personal region, the publication can be of curiosity to researchers and scholars within the fields of e-government, public management, political technological know-how, verbal exchange, details technology, and social media.

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Achieving Sustainable E-Government in Pacific Island States

This e-book analyzes the typical set of stumbling blocks to the advance and integration of presidency details and verbal exchange expertise (ICT) tasks and powerful e-government tasks in constructing nations. It attracts at the services and event of extra built states within the Pacific, significantly Australia and New Zealand, either hugely rated in international ratings for e-government and lively in various e-government improvement tasks around the zone.

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However, many highly valuable e-government initiatives, many of which are related to the new and emerging industries noted above or which mitigate the threats to SIDs through their heightened exposure to natural disasters, suggest that some of the real benefits of ICTs in government in PICs may often rely on technologies and applications that are not easily measured by global assessment systems. Not all countries have the same requirements; not all will use ICTs to resolve the same problems. Metrics such as those used in the UN E-Government Survey often measure what can be universally measured not what necessarily should be measured.

As the Executive Summary of the 2016 Survey notes, the tools of e-government are being applied to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, and toward a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want. E-government can contribute significantly and in practical ways to realizing these goals. Through advanced electronic and mobile services, e-government aims at improving the relationship between people and their government. It aims to make public services delivery more effective, accessible and responsive to people’s needs.

But they are by no means evenly distributed across all the functions of government. It is clear from the evidence in Chap. 6 that there is strong international interest in maintaining states in order to avoid the emergence of failed states, or centers for international criminal activity that could damage other states in the region. Thus, international intervention tends to be proactive, well-funded and focused on systems and capacity building. Some countries included in our investigations report significant benefits from institutional strengthening programs in the financial sector (Cullen and Hassall 2016a–d).

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