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Building Capacity for E-PARTICIPATION in support of accelerated progress towards the internationally agreed development goals including the Millennium Development Goals


Member States are facing increased complexity in development challenges and are recognising broad public participation as a “fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of sustainable development.” At the same time, increasing segments of societies around the world are demanding active participation in public life.

DPADM carried out a preliminary analysis of the existing levels of e-participation on the human development index (HDI) for any correlations. DPADM’s findings show that in the group of countries with high e-participation scores, both the HDI and the e-participation have continued to increase over the 2008-2012 period. In the group of countries with medium e-participation scores, the increase in the HDI was very slight, almost stagnant.  However, in the group of countries with low e-participation scores, HDI growth slowed down almost to the point of stagnation. The stagnation/decrease of HDI seems to go hand in hand with a significant decrease in the e-participation rates in all the countries with low e-participation. This trend results in simultaneously taking the countries farther away from the achievement of the IADG’s and MDGs and participatory policy-making.

To address this gap between potential and practice, this project aims to support the capacity development of participating government institutions and key officials for e-participation.


To strengthen the capacity of developing countries to apply ICTs for engaging citizens through e-participation, including e-information, e-consultation and e-decision-making for development results.

Expected accomplishments:

  • Enhanced knowledge of 1) experts, and 2) government policy-makers and relevant business and civil society leaders of the beneficiary countries on the current concepts, approaches and best practices on e-participation.

  • Increased capacity of governments to consider options for regulatory and institutional frameworks to engage citizens through e-participation in public policy and service delivery, by making improvements in priority areas based on METEP self-assessment results.

Implementation status:

In progress.