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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have now become a core instrument to enhance development, promote knowledge societies, and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  The examples of many countries in setting up ICT-enabled government activities show how relatively small investments can yield spectacular results by making information publicly available, involving citizens and local business in socio-economic management, and encouraging better cooperation between government, business and civil society.  Such approaches are now technically and economically within the reach of poorer countries.  The resulting benefits in terms of public sector efficiency, reduced corruption, increased transparency, revenue growth, and/or cost reductions, are significant.

 

Unfortunately, many actors in development, including international donors, the private sector, and recipient governments often find it difficult to identify or adopt the cross-cutting vision and strategies required to reap the full benefits of ICTs, especially as an instrument to reform the public sector and enhance its efficiency. This challenge is often attributed to insufficient and inadequate leadership in the face of challenges inherent in implementing ICT and e-government programs  In fact, the experience of the World Bank Group shows that many of its client countries still lack the awareness and capacity needed to make such programs successful, often in spite of the availability of best practices in this area.

 

The goal of the ICT Leadership Community  is to create awareness among leaders, particularly in the governments of poorer countries, on the benefits of ICTs to help establish a political and institutional climate in which human, natural, economic and financial resources are managed transparently and responsibly in the interests of sustainable, equitable development.  It also develops the capacity of these leaders (central government, regions, municipalities) to become part of a modern, future-oriented and results-driven leadership.  The program achieves these objectives through such complementary approaches as face-to-face forums, with a focus on practical case studies; a community of practice that facilitates a global exchange of experiences on the use of ICTs for better government and economic performance; learning activities that combine blended approaches, including face to face and distance learning; and eventually technical assistance that supports senior country leadership gain access to information and ideas to help them stay abreast of issues related to ICTs, e-government, and the knowledge economy

 

The program is organized by the World Bank Institute's Knowledge for Development Program and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

 

If you have any questions about the ICT leadership program, please contact Ronald Kim at rkim@worldbank.org.




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