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On Ekiti's Smart Governance for Development Approach - A Reflexive Account


Olutoyin Oloniteru, Adegboyega Ojo

Publication Type: 
Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
Guided by the fact that impact of Information Technology for Development (ICT4D) and Electronic Governance (EGOV) initiative are contingent on alignment and integration with Good Governance and related Government Transformational programs, Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria (EKSG) recently unveiled its ICT and Digital Media Strategies. A major goal of this integrated strategy is to support the government’s Strategic “8 Point Agenda” as well as its “Government Transformation Agenda”. Within two years of the implementation of these programmes, the EKSG has successfully transformed one of the poorest states (in economic terms) in Nigeria to the state with the best ICT4D programmes and online presence in the country. This paper reviews the EKSG’s “Smart Governance for Development Approach” (SmartGov4D) aiming to share the experience and insights into the critical success factors. The paper also provides a critical self-assessment to guide further refinement and development of these programmes for sustainable impact. In our opinion, this case provides evidence of how technocratic leadership with ability to mobilize industry partnership and focus on transformational government initiatives can enable concrete outcomes in ICT-enabled governance and development initiatives
Conference Name: 
7th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance
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Conference Location: 
Korea, South (Republic of Korea)
Research Group: 
National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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