Local Governance and ICTs in Africa

Local Governance and ICTs in Africa

Case Studies and Guidelines for Implementation and Evaluation
Edited by Edith Ofwona Adera, Timothy Mwololo Waema


With governance high on the agenda in Africa, many governments are using information and communications technologies (ICTs) to introduce innovations in their structure, practices and capacities as well as in the ways they use human capital and deliver services to citizens. But the potential for e-governance in Africa remains largely unexploited. Progress requires infrastructure improvement, the enactment of appropriate laws and policies, and capacity and content development.

This book addresses the lack of evidence on ICTs in local governance in Africa. At its heart lies the conviction that ICT can enable local governments to engage citizens to participate in democratic processes and to engage in public sector management so creating socio-economic developments at local and national levels. It provides an important collection of studies and analyses on the transformative potential of ICT: citizens in Ethiopia use it to pay tax and complete legislative documents; in Mozambique the SchoolNet project has increased the secondary school literacy rate. Other studies in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda explore service delivery, financial management, citizen registration, land management, local economic development and political inclusion.

The book provides a synthesis of the findings and a roadmap to assist government decision makers in implementing and evaluating their own e-local governance projects. With information and communications technologies increasingly available in Africa, this timely book speaks to the current issues.

Title Local Governance and ICTs in Africa
Subtitle Case Studies and Guidelines for Implementation and Evaluation
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
Co-publisher International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
BISAC Subject Heading POL017000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POL040040 POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Local
BIC Subject Heading PDR Impact of science & technology on society
JPH Political structure & processes
JPR Regional government
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Policy advisors and decision-makers on e-governance at both central and local governments, ICT/governance practitioners in government, industry, development agencies, and civil society
Credit Fahamu Ltd and IDRC
Title First Published 11 August 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: PDR      93 Thema subject category: JPR      93 Thema subject category: JPH
Includes Index; Bibliography; Appendices
Format Paperback
Nb of pages XXIV - 360 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices .
ISBN-10 0-85749-032-X
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-032-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490322
Publication Date 11 August 2011
Main content page count 360
Front matter page count (Roman) 24
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.8 x 2 cm
Weight 516 gr
List Price £17.95

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