Grassroots Community Participation as a Key to e-Governance Sustainability in Africa

Show simple item record Ochara, Nixon Muganda 2016-02-23T11:00:37Z 2016-02-23T11:00:37Z 2012-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Ochara, N.M. (2012). Grassroots community participation as a key to e-governance sustainability in Africa. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 12, 26-47. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.description.abstract This article explores the theoretical sustainability of e-governance in Africa by assessing the nature of participation of stakeholders. It adopts an explanatory critique, drawing on perspectives debated in scholarly literature and based on reviews of country approaches. The exploration takes into account historical antecedents to participation in e-governance in Africa, revealing that dominant stakeholder interests effectively lock out the majority of citizens from active participation in e-governance, except as consumers of public services delivered through e-government. It considers the nature of attachment of stakeholders to e-governance projects. Global stakeholders increasingly have a low degree of attachment, while there is a relatively high degree of enrolment of local actors. The concept of e-governance remains solid, but is dispensable, since although government agencies have “embraced” the message of e-government, certain local actors are weakly mobilised. The policy process has failed to nurture the heterogeneity of actors, specifically grassroots actors, that is required for effective e-governance.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject e-participation, organising vision, e-governance, new public management, e-government project management
dc.title Grassroots Community Participation as a Key to e-Governance Sustainability in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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