DESA News Vol. 13, No. 02 February 2009

Technical cooperation

Electronic and mobile Government in Africa

Capacity building workshop in Addis Ababa from 17-19 February will discuss progress made and challenges ahead

In today’s technology-driven globalized world, governments are increasingly becoming aware of the importance and role of e-government and ICT in development. Many countries are adapting their public sector systems in accordance with the changing environment, realizing the importance of e-government readiness and e-governance in improving public service delivery to citizens. As IT applications, especially innovative e-government programs are employed as part of the public sector reform, the governments are taking note of the synergy from the interaction between new technologies, an educated population, and an enabling environment.

Policy makers now fully realize that ICT can effectively contribute to the enabling environment for development, create job opportunities, improve health and education and enhance transparency, accountability and good governance. By putting ICT as the center piece of development, countries can effectively support their economic and social development goals.

For this purpose, DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa will hold a capacity development workshop on electronic and mobile Government in Africa from 17-19 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The goal of this workshop is to explore regional knowledge into the issues and challenges of electronic and mobile government development in Africa. The progress will be reviewed and challenges ahead will be discussed aiming to help countries as they advance in developing their e/m government programmes, and seek to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The workshop will also focus on the transfer and exchange of ideas among multi-stakeholders on effective e/m government development. It will provide an opportunity to bring together a multidisciplinary group of African policy makers, experts and researchers to further evolve the framework for the Global Knowledge Repository on electronic and mobile Government in Africa.

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Launch of African Human Resources Management Network

DESA workshop in Arusha, Tanzania from 23-27 February will focus on building capacity for human resource development policy and strategy

The idea to establish this network was born in Cape Town, South Africa during the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Conference in April 2007. Following the meeting in Cape Town, a selected group of human resource managers established a working group and met at various meetings organized by DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management in Mbabane, Swaziland in September 2007, in Kampala, Uganda in April 2008 and finally in Accra, Ghana in October 2008.

This workshop marks the culmination of the work of DESA and a selected group of human resource managers from the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda to establish the network through which professional management of human resources in the public sector in Africa can be institutionalized to sustain capacity development.

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