Exploring E-Government Barriers in the Arab States
Policy Briefs Series, Policy Brief 2, Dubai, Dubai School of Government
8 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2009
Date Written: December 1, 2006
The intended impact of egovernment is simply better government.Properly implemented, e-government enables better service provision, improved efficiency and greater engagement with citizens. However, a majority of e-government initiatives around the world, including many in the Arab states, have been unsuccessful in securing these outcomes. Arab states, in particular, face many common barriers to proper implementation of e-government. To avoid repeated failures in egovernment projects, a countryspecific “right fit” has to be achieved. This includes leadership commitment, a crossgovernmental vision, appropriate planning, a rational investment strategy, appropriate regulatory frameworks, practical awareness campaigns and rigorous capacity building for public administrators. Accepting the notion that there is no single correct approach to e-government is critical to avoiding common failures.
Keywords: e-government, electronic government, reform, Arab states
JEL Classification: O, O2, O3, O38
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