e-Governance and e-Government are increasingly being emphasized as ways for governments to strengthen good governance. If implemented strategically e-governance can not only improve efficiency, accountability and transparency of government processes, but it can also be a tool to empower citizens by enabling them to participate in the decision-making processes of governments.
e-Government services for the poor assist governments in reaching the yet ‘unreached’ and hereby contribute to poverty reduction in rural and remote areas. At the same time, this process also enables involvement and empowerment of marginalized groups through their participation in the political process.
Despite the developmental potential, few governments in the Asia-Pacific region have planned for and implemented e-government strategically directly targeting poor people. This is despite the fact that more than 60 percent of the population in the Asia-Pacific region lives in rural areas and the majority of them are poor.
APDIP's focus on e-governance and e-government is in line with UNDP’s corporate priorities for democratic governance. e-Governance and e-government are strategic interventions that support UNDP’s work with countries to build democratic governance through institutions and processes that are more responsive to the needs of all citizens, including the poor. Through its current focus on pro-poor e-Governance, APDIP is increasingly contributing to strengthening the often missing link between good governance and poverty alleviation.
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