21.02.2006 -

UNESCO supports e-governance project in the Caribbean

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for the Development Administration (CARICAD), and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) launches a series of electronic governance related capacity development activities in Caribbean.

This intervention included the staging of three in-country workshops in Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with the final two day workshop that starts today in Grenada.

 

The three in-country workshops on the development of national e-Government policies, strategies and action plans for CARICAD member states, highlight issues of local governance and citizens' participation in policy development process.

 

30 participants from different backgrounds, including local government officials, policy makers and citizens will gather today in St. Georges, Grenada, to examine and discuss the use of an ‘evidence-based policy making' approach as a system in formulating public policies that are transparent, relevant, effective and citizen-centred.

 

These activities are being implemented within the framework of UNESCO's project "ICTs as Tools to Improve Local Governance in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean" supporting the implementation of e-governance components of the action-oriented e-government strategies dor countries of the Caribbean Region.

 

Other activities involve the promotion and launch of the related aspects of the work of CARICAD's Technical and Advisory Support Facility aimed at policy makers: ministers of government and senior administrators in the CARICOM.

 

In addition, a Handbook in print and in multimedia format on the use of evidenced based policy formulation is under preparation as the basis for the development of national e-government polices and action plans, in order to achieve citizen centric online service delivery.

 

Finally ; the project foresees the review of national e-government policies, strategies and action plans that have been adopted by Member Countries, with a special focus on the extent to which e-governance dimensions have been addressed.

 

This partnership with CARICAD is a follow-up to collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the promotion and launch of a virtual electronic local governance specialization course for the Caribbean aimed at directors, managers, local politicians and community leaders in the CARICOM. The first cohort of 30 trainees has completed the course while UWI recruits for the second cohort.




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