Electronic infrastructure and network functionality are being utilised by governments around the world. The challenge that developing Commonwealth countries face is that many of them still do not have either the advanced industries or the financial means to modernise governments and their service delivery. This book looks at the obstacles facing developing countries and what lessons they can learn from developed countries' approach towards e-government. The authors begin by describing the three parallel trends that account for the current circumstances, so that the social, political and technological context of e-government and e-governance in developing countries can be clearly understood. They then review some of the considerations involved for implementing e-governance and e-government. The final chapters give practical examples of working plans for implementing e-government in Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, Guyana, Mauritius, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Devindra Ramnarine was, until January 2008, Adviser, Public Sector Informatics and Head of the Commonwealth Connects Secretariat. RoseMarie-Rita Endeley is Regional Adviser, Caribbean and Mediterranean, the Governance and Institutional Development Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Foreword Acronyms Introduction 1. From e-Commerce to e-Government 2. From Developed to Developing Countries 3. From e-Government to e-Governance 4. Implementing e-Governance and e-Government 5. Electronic Government in Barbados and the Cayman Islands 6. Commonwealth Secretariat Workshop Report 7. Comparative Plans for e-Government from Small States 8. Privacy and Information Technology Security: International Trends Appendix 1 References and Bibliography