Supporting E-government in Latin America and the Caribbean - Phase II

A network of electronic-government leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean (Red de Líderes de Gobierno Electrónico de América Latina y El Caribe -RED GEALC) was initiated in 2003 under the first phase of support (101929). Now, the network has expanded to more than 60 high-level officials responsible for implementing e-government strategies in 31 countries. Through such activities as online forums, e-government leaders can share technical expertise and best practices with a view to promoting good governance and quality service for their citizens.

Although the network has made tangible progress in disseminating knowledge on conventional e-government services (procurement, taxation, customs, etc.), much remains to be done in terms of transparency and citizen participation in decision-making. Furthermore, there is a need to make government services available to the large number of citizens that have access to cellular phones but not the Internet.

This phase will support a variety of initiatives aimed putting transparency, accountability, citizen participation and e-government on the agenda of Latin American and Caribbean governments. It will do so while continuing to extend the reach of the Network, and consolidating its research, awareness raising and dissemination activities.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, September 15, 2006

End Date

Monday, May 31, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 850,300


North and Central America, South America, West Indies


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Miguel Porrúa


General Secretariat of the Organization of American States

Institution Country

United States

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