Information Communication Technology

E-governance Initiatives in Bangladesh: Some Observations

Even though e-governance is not a new phenomenon, it has been discussed much as a strategy of combating corruption, ensuring people’s participation, transparent and citizen-centric administration, providing better services at the least cost and thus in ensuring good governance in developing nations during the last two decades. Like in many other countries, the present Bangladesh government has taken e-governance as one of its major development policies in ensuring good governance. Surprisingly, regardless of enormous flow of e-governance, it has been claimed that its goals are not easy to achieve due to various administrative, organizational, contextual and technical reasons. This paper tries to explore the initiatives of e-governance in Bangladesh i.e. how much e-governance initiatives have been taken? Are the existing institutions capable enough in implementing the e-governance initiatives? And what are the challenges of practicing e-governance initiatives? Answers to these questions have been explored from both the primary and secondary sources. The findings suggest that lack of awareness on e-governance, lack of long-term strategic plan, centralization of e-governances, lack of e-based public official culture, conflicting political culture and e-corruption are the major threats in implementing e-governance initiatives in Bangladesh.

Models of E-Government: Some Missing Links for Developing Countries

The endeavor to adopt e-government can be mapped as some logical sequential stages. Already there are some models describing the stages of e-government development. The starting point of these models of the stages of e-government development is from describing various phases of web presence. But these models lack the earlier preparatory phases for e-government which is necessary especially for the developing countries, because, most of the developing countries do not have the required basic infrastructures and technologies for going online. Even if there is any, then, many people do not have the ability to access those resources. So, there is a need to develop a comprehensive model to usher in the developing countries. This article analyzes the existing model’s applicability in the context of the developing countries with empirical evidences.

Train, Not to Miss the “Train” of Development: A Critical Overview on the Role of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC)

‘Administration for Service of People’ was the slogan of the last reform commission in Bangladesh. But the present administration is attributed on many occasions to tortuous procedures, dinosaurous size, narrow outlook, inefficiency, red-tapism and many other negative connotations. The training institutions may act as the catalysts to uplift from this dismal situation. Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC) as an apex training institution providing training to civil sercants in Bangladesh can play an important role for the enhancement of the capacity of the civil service. In this paper, the authors have tried to explore the gap between expectations and realities in terms of organizational effectiveness of BPATC. The statistical analysis of the data reveals that BPATC is lacking in many grounds, such as physical capabilities, quality of trainers, updated materials, following modern teaching methodologies etc. Initiatives to address these lacunas may usher higher level of effectiveness of this organization.
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