The Challenge of Taking Baby Steps: Advancing E-Governance beyond Readiness in Sub-Saharan Africa
Electronic governance is a global phenomenon but one with an unequal impact. At present, it has comparably gained more ground in developed countries as compared to developing countries. To address this inequality, we must find ways for developing countries to harness this innovation more effectively. That is the purpose of this research – to establish a better understanding of e-governance in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa in order to define appropriate approach to advance beyond the readiness to adopt e-governance.
Dr. Richard Boateng is a technology researcher who focuses on developing, promoting and protecting ideas and concepts into sustainable projects of commercial value and development impacts. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of PearlRichards Foundation, Ghana (www.pearlrichards.org) and the African Institute of Development Informatics and Policy (www.aidipinstitute.org). He is Director of Research for the International Center for Information Technology and Development, Southern University, USA (www.icitd.com). He holds a doctorate degree in development informatics and a masters degree in management and information systems from the University of Manchester. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a Chevening Scholar, a Dorothy Hodgkin Scholar and a National Science Foundation Scholar. Richard has experience in working as a hybrid manager – the managerial/policy link between technology and the end-user in information technology projects in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, and USA.
Richard consults on e-governance for UNDP, Ghana and on information and communication for peace and development for UNESCO Accra Office Cluster. In collaboration with other researchers, he has raised more than US$200,000 in competitive research grants. His research experience covers electronic governance, cyber crime, electronic business, technology curriculum development, ICT and development, green IT and ICT and health care at the national, industrial, organizational and community level. He has a rich experience in both undergraduate and graduate teaching accumulated in UK, USA and Africa for five years. Since 2006, Richard has published more than 30 articles in international journals, refereed conferences and book chapters. The journal outlets include Internet Research, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and Third World Quarterly.
Richard’s electronic business projects include VIVA Africa Multimedia, An Internet Television for Africa (www.vivaafrica.tv); Africa Digital Week (www.africadigitalweek.com) and PC Tech Magazine, A Contemporary Technology Magazine for Africa (www.pctechmagazine.com). He can be reached by Richard@pearlrichards.org.