The information revolution, in conjunction with the unprecedented diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs), has been widely hailed as “Africa’s revolution.” Optimism about the contributions of ICTs to African development is most pervasive in the context of governance. The expectation is that these technologies will enhance the capacity of state institutions to bridge the gap between political leaders and the governed. This has resulted in many “e-governance” or “e-government” projects and programmes in many African countries. However, for many, e-governance is understood as the presence of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) on static and stale websites.
Nigeria presents an interesting case for an understanding of e-governance in Africa because of its vast population, increased ICT diffusion and the equally high level of corruption in government practices in the country.
These are the issues that prompted the establishment of the annual Covenant University conference on E-Governance in Nigeria (CUCEN). CUCEN provides a platform for academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss these issues from various perspectives with the specific purpose of bridging theory and practice and strategizing pathways toward effective utilization of ICTs for good governance, civic engagement and participation particularly in the context of emerging democracies.
Related Link: CUCEN 2015