World e-Parliament Report 2010

The United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have released the World e-Parliament Report 2010. The Report, prepared by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, intends to help legislatures to harness the potential benefits of ICT for their work and establish key goals and priorities for exploiting this valuable resource. While providing evidence of the […]

Plans laid for West African Internet Governance Forum

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and other partners, with support from the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) is launching the West Africa Internet Governance Forum. It aims are: To facilitate Internet policy discussions on a multi-stakeholder platform for issues relating to the […]

e-Gov Africa Forum 2010 – programme details

The programme for the 4th e-Gov Africa Forum in Maputo at the end of March is available here. 2;                  !”                  

Call for papers on ICT4D transparency

The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) is calling for chapter proposals for its next annual anthology which will focus on  “Transparency through ICT – empowering people and communities”.  The intended target audience is both Swedish and development community partners, including civil society. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: Mobiles as […]

UN publishes report on post-conflict public administration

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has published Reconstructing Public Administration after Conflict: Challenges, Practices and Lessons Learned. Strong on the role ICTs need to play in the communication of information for “citizen-centric service delivery”, the report ignores the need for well-constructed information systems in institution building and the strengthening of public administration […]

Ugandan district e-governance project delayed

A Ugandan government plan to wire all district local governments on a virtual platform to popularise e-governance and minimise burgeoning administrative spending has been blocked by Parliament. The House committee on Information, Communication and Technology says it will authorise implementation of the $60 million (Shs114b) project only after officials offer proper accountability for the national […]

Gambia plans biometric voter registration

The Gambian Electoral Commission has committed itself to the introduction of a new biometric voter registration system, to be in place before presidential elections in September 2011. Two international companies, CODE Inc from Canada and Zetes from Belgium, have been shortlisted for the contract and are due to conduct a head-to-head mock registration exercise this […]

4th e-Governance Africa Forum

Effective Governance, transparent public services and citizen empowerment through Information and Communication Technologies is the theme of the 4th Annual e-Governance Africa Forum 2010 in Maputo from 23 to 25 March. Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in conjunction with the ICT Ministry of Mozambique, the Forum is part of the CTO’s mandate to […]

Integrity of Somaliland voter registration system in doubt

Delays in the holding of elections in the Somaliland region of Somalia are being blamed, inter alia, on the failure of a new voter registration system to produce a credible electoral roll. According to SomalilandPress, The new electoral commission has a difficult job ahead including clearing the mistakes in the voter registration system. A high-tech […]

Nigeria postpones electronic voting

Amid public expectations of measures to be taken to bolster the credibility of future polls in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that it had no expenditure plans in next year’s budget for the much-canvassed electronic voting system. The INEC position, which was expressed by its Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, at a […]

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