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Developing capacity for e-participation: Engaging citizens in in development policy and decision-making processes through ICTs


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.