E-Governance in Uganda: Experiences and Lessons Learned from the DistrictNet Programme

E-Governance in Uganda: Experiences and Lessons Learned from the DistrictNet Programme

Victor van Reijswoud (Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda) and Arjan de Jager (International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-100-1.ch007
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E-governance is a powerful tool for bringing about change to government processes in the developing world. It operates at the crossroads between Information and Communication Technology and government processes and can be divided into three overlapping domains: e-administration, e-services and e-society. To succeed, e-governance must be firmly embedded in existing government processes; supported, both politically and technically, by the governments; and provide users with reasons to use these on-line domains. To maximize the impact, process change must be part and parcel of e-governance. This chapter presents and evaluates the ongoing DistrictNet e-governance programme in Uganda which was set up in 2002 to provide transparency at the local government level and improve the provision of public information using ICT. DistrictNet’s achievements are presented and evaluated according to the criteria of the three domains of e-governance and their impact on government processes. On the basis of this evaluation, we elicit lessons that can be used to guide smaller programmes at the local government level in the developing world.
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Short Introduction To Uganda

Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2005, the per capita income was estimated to be approximately US$250. Life expectancy at birth remains low: 43 years in 2004, compared to 47 years in 1990. Similarly, infant and child mortality has not improved much over the same period and today remains at around 100 respectively 150 per 1,000 live births. Nevertheless, the country’s firm commitment to poverty reduction, as spelled out in its Poverty Reduction Strategy, produced several positive results in the area of development, which brought the country closer to reaching the Millennium Development Goals: 

  • • The number of adults with HIV/AIDS declined significantly over the last decade from about 18 percent in the early 1990s to 6.1 percent in 2005.

  • • Access to safe water increased from 54 percent in 2000 to 65 percent in 2005 in urban areas and from 50 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2003 in rural areas.

  • • Net enrolment rates for primary schooling increased from 62.3 percent in 1992 to 86 percent in 2005.

  • • Total youth literacy increased from 75 percent in 1995 to 81 percent in 2005.

  • • GDP per capita has grown on average by 3.6 percent since 1995.

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Table of Contents
Omar A. El Sawy
Chapter 1
Richard Boateng, Alemayehu Molla, Richard Heeks
This chapter undertakes a meta-analysis of the published literature on e-commerce in developing economies (DEs). The aim is to take stock of the... Sample PDF
E-Commerce in Developing Economies: A Review of Theoretical Frameworks and Approaches
Chapter 2
Reinhold Decker
This chapter outlines and discusses current empirical findings and conceptual ideas concerning the status quo and future prospects of e-commerce in... Sample PDF
Significance and Success Factors of E-Commerce in China and Russia: An Empirical View
Chapter 3
Sushil K. Sharma, Jatinder N.D. Gupta
The past few years have seen a rise in the number of companies’ embracing e-commerce technologies in developing countries and the volume of... Sample PDF
Identifying Factors for Lack of E-Commerce in Developing Countries
Chapter 4
Antonis C. Stylianou, Stephanie S. Robbins, Pamela Jackson
It is widely recognized that e-commerce represents a critical resource for most business organizations. With over 1.3 billion people and... Sample PDF
E-Commerce Development in China: An Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes
Chapter 5
Mahesha Kapurubandara
Acceptance of the Internet has paved the way towards the development of virtual communities that keep increasing in the current information society... Sample PDF
E-Commerce Adoption and Appropriation by SMEs in Sri Lanka
Chapter 6
Alev M. Efendioglu
The number of Internet users around the world has been steadily growing and this growth has provided the impetus and the opportunities for global... Sample PDF
E-Commerce in Developing Countries: Impediments and Opportunities
Chapter 7
Victor van Reijswoud, Arjan de Jager
E-governance is a powerful tool for bringing about change to government processes in the developing world. It operates at the crossroads between... Sample PDF
E-Governance in Uganda: Experiences and Lessons Learned from the DistrictNet Programme
Chapter 8
Abdelbaset Rabaiah
This chapter illustrates the impact of electronic government (e-government) on electronic commerce (e-commerce) development and implementation in... Sample PDF
E-Government and Its Impact on E-Commerce in LDCs
Chapter 9
Zakariya Belkhamza
Global deployment in information and communication technology requires understandings of the cultural constraints in technology acceptance and usage... Sample PDF
Cultural Interpretation of E-Commerce Acceptance in Developing Countries: Empirical Evidence from Malaysia and Algeria
Chapter 10
Ahu Genis-Gruber
E-commerce has been a widely used mean to purchase goods and services all over the world. This study investigates the role of cultural differences... Sample PDF
Cultural Differences, Information Technology Infrastructure, and E-Commerce Behavior: Implications for Developing Countries
Chapter 11
Kamel Rouibah
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Mobile-Commerce Intention to Use via SMS: The Case of Kuwait
Chapter 12
Ayoub Yousefi
This study presents a theoretically-based model for economic analysis of electronic commerce in developing countries. The Porter diamond model is... Sample PDF
An Economic Framework for the Assessment of E-Commerce in Developing Countries
Chapter 13
Lena Aggestam
B2B development has been faster in the developed world comparing to developing countries. This chapter proposes a “tool” for managing CSF in B2B... Sample PDF
Guidelines for Preparing Organizations in Developing Countries for Standards-Based B2B
Chapter 14
Dimitrios Xanthidis, David Nicholas, Paris Argyrides
This chapter is the result of a two years effort to design a template aiming at standardizing, as much as such a task is feasible, the evaluation of... Sample PDF
A Proposed Template for the Evaluation of Web Design Strategies
Chapter 15
Jameleddine Ziadi, Abderrazzak Ben Salah
This chapter has as an aim the identification of the present reality of the e-commerce activity in Tunisia and the challenges its faces. After... Sample PDF
Electronic Commerce Reality in Tunisia
Chapter 16
Hongxiu Li
This chapter introduces the four sets of prerequisites for successful electronic commerce (e-commerce) development, including national factors... Sample PDF
Electronic Commerce in China: Can We Wake Up the Giant?
Chapter 17
Sherif Kamel
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Evolution of Electronic Procurement in Egypt: Case of Speedsend.com
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Borislav Jošanov, Marijana Vidas-Bubanja, Emilija Vuksanovic, Ejub Kajan, Bob Travica
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The State and Development of E-Commerce in Serbia
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