|Developing Electronic Governance in Afghanistan - Assessment, Strategy, Implementation - EGOV.AF|
Electronic Government (EGOV) is an important tool for developing countries like Afghanistan. Aimed at utilizing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the working of public administration and their capacity to pursue the formulation and implementation of the national development goals, EGOV supports and drives public sector reform and modernization efforts, enhances the delivery of public services, helps imple-ment the principles of good governance, and enables human rights and citizen participation.
In recognition of the importance of EGOV, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) initiated the development and implementation of a comprehensive EGOV strategy to support the economic, social and governance needs of Afghanistan. As part of this initiative, MCIT engaged the Center for Electronic Governance at UNU-IIST to jointly implement the Electronic Government Development for Afghanistan (EGOV.AF) project.
The aim of the project is to develop capacity of local institutions in Afghanistan through research and capacity building activities to ensure their ownership on e-Government strategy and implementation program and hence, to enable sustainability of e-Government development in the country for successful public administration reform and citizen centric service delivery. The project starts in May 2009 with one year duration.
The project included an extensive e-government readiness survey across the government, a series of awareness- and capacity-building events, several visioning and strategy development sessions with large numbers of stakeholders, and several fellowships for government officials from MCIT and lecturers from University of Kabul to carry out research with UNU-IIST-EGOV in Macao.
Besides building human and organizational capacity for EGOV strategic planning in Afghanistan, the project produced the following 20 deliverables:
1. Assessment Instruments - agency-level and nation-al-level assessment instruments prepared, tested and revised to address conditions in Afghanistan
2. Assessment Process - rigorous description of the assessment methodology, stakeholder analysis and the underlying assessment process
3. Assessment Training - materials used to train the assessment team to carry out data gathering, covering the instruments, methodology and process
4. Assessment Data – the data gathered as part of the assessment exercise from agency- and national level surveys, and collected into a knowledge base
5. State of Practice Report - the report describing the state of EGOV practice in Afghanistan
6. State of the Art Report – the report that describes a set of international benchmark studies for EGOV strategic planning in Afghanistan
7. Visioning Workshop – the summary of the visioning workshop for EGOV in Afghanistan
8. Strategy Workshop – the summary of the strategy workshop for EGOV in Afghanistan
9. Strategy Report – the report describing the draft EGOV strategy for Afghanistan
10. Program Report – the report describing the pro-posed EGOV program for Afghanistan
11. Assessment Workshop – documentation of the assessment workshop including presentations of the survey results and recordings
12. Research Workshop – documentation of the re-search workshop including presentations of the benchmark methodology and recordings
13. Visioning Workshop – visioning workshop documentation including presentations and recordings.
14. Strategy Workshop – strategy workshop documentation including presentations and recordings
15. Program Workshop – program workshop documentation including presentations
16. Leadership Courseware - training materials for EGOV leaders
17. Assessment Courseware – materials for training the readiness assessment team
18. Strategy Courseware – materials for training the stakeholders of the strategy development process
19. Program Courseware – materials for training the stakeholders of the program development process
20. Management Courseware – materials for training the public managers to execute the program