Promoting e-Governance capacity-building in Latin America and the Caribbean
The main activities in the region are:
Needs and opportunities assessment study
The study was conducted by two scholars of the Public Policy Research Group (Núcleo de Pesquisa em Políticas Públicas – NP3) of the University of Brasilia. For this purpose, municipalities in different sub-regions were selected and visited to collect information on experiences and projects related to e-governance. The study also includes a comparative study on governance factors in Latin American legislative websites, guidelines for elaborating a training programme, a glossary of terms, and a list of useful internet links. The final report is available online here.
Capacity-building and regional observatory
In cooperation with the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogotá, an online Observatory initiative has been strengthened to provide useful information on e-governance projects, best practices, policies, training tools, as well as to implement interactive tools for citizen participation.
Go to the Observatory
Training courses on local e-governance
>>The CEGEL Course (Curso de Especialización en Gobernabilidad Electrónica Local)
In cooperation with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and the Ibero-American Union of Municipal Professionals (Granada, Spain)
More information on CEGEL I More information on CEGEL II
>>The Specialized Course on Local e-Governance in the Caribbean
In cooperation with The University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre
Specialization course on local e-governance: Cegel II (in Spanish) and Cegel I (in Portuguese)*
03-10-2006 - This course organized by UNESCO and the Union Iberoamericana de Municipalistas (UIM) in the framework of the cross-cutting project on “ICTs to improve governance” financed by the Spanish Government aims at delivering essential skills to local government officials and will examine how ICTs can be used by the local public organizations and what it can bring to local democracy.
Spain releases US$ 816,000 for IFAP projects
17-01-2006 (Paris) - Thanks to funds now released by the Spanish Government, four projects of UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) can now begin. All four projects deal with e-governance in Latin American countries.
Dominican Republic: The e-Government Plan will be launched next June*
08-04-2005 - The Dominican e-Government Plan proposed by the President Leonel Fernández during his campaign will start in June. The Ministry of Education will be the first one to go online. This initiative will allow citizens to obtain information on public services by visiting a Web portal.
UNESCO supports an online Observatory on ICTs, Society and Governance issues in Latin America*
09-12-2004 - UNESCO´s project on e-governance capacity-building established a cooperation agreement with the Universidad Externado de Colombia to strengthen the online Observatory on ICTs, Society and Government issues launched by this University in 2003. The Observatory has a clearing house function on e-governance and on the information society in Colombia and Latin America.