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ICTs for Good Governance – Experiences from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

This paper explores the potential of ICTs to enhance local economic and social development, improve relations between governments and citizens and foster overall capacity-building in developing countries, based on experiences of UNESCO’s project “ICTs as Tools for Improving Local Governance” and other relevant initiatives. Chapter I and II reflect theoretical foundations of e-governance and provide evidence of its use to foster accountability and efficiency of governments in developing countries. Methodology is described in chapter III. Experiences from UNESCO’s project “ICTs as Tools for Improving Local Governance” are highlighted in chapter IV. The project focused on the use of ICTs to foster transparent and efficient local governance by providing training, capacity- building and regional collaboration in the African, Caribbean and Latin American regions.