UN survey discovers E-government is an effective tool
31st August 2016 11:20 - Central Government
UN survey discovers E-government is an effective tool: According to the findings of a recent government survey by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, e-government is a powerful tool for facilitating integrated policies and public services, by promoting accountable and honest institutions. It was suggested that e-government could potentially assist the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Entitled the 2016 UN E-Government Survey, the report is compiled biennially by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report is the only global report that explores the e-government development status of all the United Nation’s 193 Member States.
The top three countries worldwide, which provide the most government services online, were the United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Korea.
The report The E-Government Digital Index (EGDI), is compiled by calculating the use of communications and information to provide public services within a country. The Index takes into consideration the following three factors: the quality and range of online services, the status of telecommunication infrastructure and the current human resources.
The E-Government Digital Index discovered that e-government has expanded at a rapid rate over the last 15 years.
In this year’s survey, 29 countries were scored ‘very high’, and were given EGDI scores in the region of 0.75 and 1.00. This figure contrasts with just 10 countries in 2003. As well as this, 51 per cent of countries were rated with a ‘low EGDI’ or a ‘medium EGDI’ value this year, a decrease from more than 73 per cent in 2003.
It was also deemed notable that in the last two years, all of the 193 Member States of the United Nations have provided some kind of online presence. This statistic is significant in comparison to the figure of 2003, whereby 10 per cent of countries did not have an online presence.
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