Fast Facts: e-Governance and Access to Information
The explosive use of mobile technologies in the last five years and better Internet access give us cause to reconsider how we confront traditional development challenges. If five billion people on earth today have access to a mobile device, the issue that needs to be addressed is not the ‘digital divide’ but rather the way in which governments, civil society and the private sector can capitalize on this to bring both public information and basic services to all, particularly to the poor and marginalized in the developing world.
Now more than ever, governments in developing countries need to be strategic in mobilizing limited resources to respond effectively to citizens' pressing needs, keep them informed, and build sustainable bridges between public institutions and citizens to further enhance democratic governance. These are opportune times for harnessing the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to make a difference on the ground.