A survey on the conditions for the use of ICTs in five countries in Latin America: Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. (Disponible en español)
Both the factors determining good governance at the local level and their relation to ICT were examined in order to increase knowledge on this link. Aspects considered were: decentralization, citizen participation, transparency and grassroots movements, alternative experiences, popular participation and social- movements networks
In interviews and group meetings information was collected to determine whether these aspects were present or not in the communities or in government guidelines, and whether, in some way, there was a link between these social expressions and the use of ICTs. The research tried to evaluate the opportunity and the interest on the implementation of a Training Programme in order to make ICT use more effective, and thereby to improve good governance with the involvement of all social actors.
Another point examined was whether certain factors were present or not in websites of Municipal Assemblies in some Latin American municipalities. These factors could be conducive to the presence or absence of good governance. Some of the factors of good governance adopted in this research took in consideration the possibility of citizens to interact with their legislators and to obtain information on legislative procedures. One hundred and twenty (120) municipal websites were analyzed within this perspective.