By Rowena Cullen, Graham Hassall

This booklet analyzes the typical set of stumbling blocks to the advance and integration of presidency info and communique know-how (ICT) initiatives and powerful e-government projects in constructing international locations. It attracts at the services and event of extra constructed states within the Pacific, significantly Australia and New Zealand, either hugely rated in international scores for e-government and energetic in a number of e-government improvement initiatives around the sector.

There has been a basic failure to spot priorities and align initiatives with neighborhood wishes in ICT/e-government tasks. Small Island constructing States (or SIDS) current a special challenge when it comes to e-government. not just do they be afflicted by a typical set of limitations to ICT improvement comparable to their remoteness, geographical dispersion, wet tropical climates, mostly rural populations, and absence of ICT skill and infrastructure, yet also are depending on exterior enterprises for funding, and needs to negotiate with robust donors who've conflicting agendas.

E-government is broadly considered as 'transformational', expanding potency, productiveness, responsibility, financial progress, and citizen involvement. yet whereas the governments of SIDS are devoted to harnessing ICTs for potent executive and fiscal improvement, they face significant demanding situations in developing winning e-government tasks, a result of difficulties defined above, coupled with an absence of HR capacities and acceptable ideas and policies.

Drawing at the event of the states pointed out above, in addition to nearby quasi-governmental our bodies, nongovernmental agencies (NGOs), relief firms, and the personal quarter, the booklet can be of curiosity to researchers and scholars within the fields of e-government, public management, political technology, verbal exchange, info technology, and social media.

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Different challenges face them, different solutions apply. What works elsewhere is not necessarily appropriate for PICs. This volume is focused on identifying what does work, and how ICTs and e-government can bring promised benefits to government in the Pacific Island states. 1 The former Secretariat of the Pacific Community was recently renamed the Pacific Community (SPC), a form used throughout the volume. Australia, New Zealand, France, and the United States of America, are four of the ‘founding members’ of the Pacific Community, although as industrialized countries, development partners and colonial powers in the region are not actively served by the SPC.

But as they also note: … the interactions between these stakeholders do not occur in a vacuum. They are embedded in a specific cultural, political, intellectual and economic environment in which specific ‘rules’ guide the behavior and interactions between these stakeholders as well as the meaning that will be attached to the use of ICTs. (Bekkers and Homberg 2005, p. 9) This understanding provides a more appropriate framework for the cultural and governance systems of the Pacific communities we described above.

Siwatibau’s insights regarding successful deployment of new technologies are important, for they deal as much with policy leadership, public sector management and cultivation of capacity, as they do with the technologies available. These are also concerns raised in this volume. 5 Government in Pacific SIDs The small size and economies of most PICs result in limited resources for government, making economies of scale hard to achieve when administrations must reach out to a population spread over many islands.

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