Determining Types of Services and Targeted Users of Emerging E-Government Strategies: The Case of Tanzania

Determining Types of Services and Targeted Users of Emerging E-Government Strategies: The Case of Tanzania

Janet Kaaya (University of Californai-Los Angeles, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2009040102
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Abstract

E-government strategies empower citizens through online access to services and information. Consequently, governments – including in developing countries – are implementing e-government. In this study, a survey examined available services and targeted users in Tanzania. Ninety-six government agencies responded: 46% had implemented e-government using websites. Most services (60-90%) relate to disseminating information; online transactions were the least available services. Government-affiliated staff constituted the majority (60-85%) of users. This implies that emerging e-government services mostly address internal needs (government-to-government), and one-way dissemination of information (government-to-citizen). While agencies exhibited a gradual extension to businesses (government-to-business), citizen-to-government and business-to-government relationships were minimal. Finally, the study compares Tanzania’s web-presence with select countries, draws its wider implications, and advocates further research on the nature and needs of users.

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