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What is E-Participation? Minimizar

E-Participation is about fostering civic engagement and open, participatory governance through Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). Growing evidence points to the rapid expansion of e-Participation as a tool for engagement and strengthened collaboration between governments and citizens.  Its objective is to improve access to information and public services as well as to promote participation in policy making – for the empowerment of the individual citizen and for the benefit of society as a whole. 

The Development Account Project on E-Participation Minimizar
The Development Account Project aims to strengthen developing countries' capacity to apply Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for citizen engagement. On the basis of a self-assessment questionnaire developed by DPADM, known as ‘METEP’, governments can begin to elaborate strategies for better delivery of public services and engagement of their citizens in policymaking processes.

Three initial countries will apply METEP over the course of national workshops in 2014: Kenya (August 2014); Indonesia (September 2014); and Kazakhstan (October 2014)


METEP ToolKit Minimizar

METEP (the Measurement and Evaluation Tool for Citizen Engagement and e-Participation) consists of questions to help evaluate countries’ level of e-Participation or “e-Participation readiness”. It measures: where governments stand on open data and whether they grant citizens access to information on policies and programmes (e-Information); whether there are ways for citizens to engage in consultations with policymakers, government officials and one another through online fora (e-Consultation); and whether the public can influence decision-making processes by voting online or using a mobile device (e-Decision-making). These are all criteria that factor into the final analyses and policy recommendations generated by METEP. Its goal is to make governments aware of their current state of e-Participation and to help them build strong online citizen engagement techniques for the future. 

The METEP Survey will be available on this page shortly.

E-Participation News Minimizar
E-Participation 'Starter Workshop' Held in Baku, Azerbaijan
DPADM, in cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan and UNDP's Azerbaijan Country Office, held a workshop on developing capacity for e-Participation, in Baku, from 3-5 December 2013. The workshop represents the first time METEP was introduced to government officials and precedes three national capacity-building workshops DPADM will organize over the course of 2014. 

For more information, please see here.
E-Participation: Empowering People through Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)

The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DPADM/UNDESA organized a high-level capacity-development workshop and an expert group meeting on E-Participation: Empowering People through ICTs,in Geneva, Switzerland, from 24 to 26 July 2013.

The objective of the meeting was to bring together policy-makers, experts, and practitioners on e-participation from around the world, with the purpose of enhancing their knowledge on eparticipation and contributing through discussions and sharing of experiences to the development of an online e-participation self-assessment tool METEP (Measurement and Evaluation Tool for Engagement and E-Participation).

For more information, please see here.

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