Global E-Government Readiness Report 2005

From E-Government to E-Inclusion

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There are huge disparities in the global access and use of information technologies, and these disparities are not likely to be removed in the near future unless a concerted action is taken at the national, regional and the international levels. The 2005 edition of the Report presents an assessment of the countries according to their state of e-government readiness and the extent of e-participation worldwide. Like its predecessors, it ranks the 191 Member States of the UN according to a quantitative composite index of e-readiness based on website assessment, telecommunication infrastructure and human resource endowment.



E-participation as the means to access and inclusion

The responsibility for successful governance rests equally with the government, the private sector and the citizenry. The concept of e-participation espouses the critical element by which inclusion is achieved. The e-participation index assesses ‘how relevant and useful the e-participation features of government websites around the world are; and how well are they deployed by the governments for promoting participatory decision making’. Even though a qualitative assessment, it is a useful tool in making broad assessment of the quality and relevancy of participatory services provided through e-government readiness initiatives.


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