e-Governance for Development

By Sunil Chandiramani

ABSTRACT

Given the number of cyberspace initiatives recently announced by several governments globally, it almost seems as if ―e-governance‖ will be as important an ingredient in many developed countries as ―e-commerce‖ in the first few years of the new millennium. This paper outlines the contributions of e-governance in development and the challenges faced in implementing e-governance models. Success stories have been mentioned to show that e-governance is no longer a rhetoric subject and reality is catching up with rhetoric, albeit slowly but surely.

This paper outlines the contributions of e-governance in development and the challenges faced in implementing e-governance models. Success stories have been mentioned to show that e-governance is a current, and not just future, reality for developing countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc.

As is true all over the world, government in the developing nations costs too much, delivers too little, and is not sufficiently responsive or accountable. Good governance reforms aim to address these shortcomings. What exactly has e-governance got to offer is what will be discussed in this paper in detail. In summary, e-governance has a key role to play in current and future development. It can offer critical improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of governance; and probably offers critical future legitimacy for government. The issue for developing countries, therefore, is not 'if e-governance' but 'how e-governance'.

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