Open e-Governance Index (OeGI)
Openness, Access and Governance in Pakistan
The Open e-Governance Index (OeGI) is an action-research project that aims to measure the state of ‘openness’ in the implementation of ‘e-governance’ around the world. Open e-governance can be measured in terms of the ability of the different actors of the political system, including governments, business and civil society, to participate in decision-making in society, through the use of information and communication technologies. While it will be implemented as a pure research project during the pilot phase, the organizers hope that future iterations of the project can allow it to be more action-oriented so that the findings under the research would enable ICT experts and advocates to push for policy and programmatic changes in the political environment.
The guiding principles for the OeGI include the following:
- Appropriate and relevant framework for different contexts: The OeGI advocates the acceptability of a more expansive definition on e-governance, going beyond the its traditional definition of prompt government provision of public services using ICTs, but also integrating the notion of the importance of communication rights and openness in terms of widening the access to knowledge and data.
- Cross-country comparability: The OeGI allows the measurement of the space for the use of ICTs for decision-making and for comparison of this space across different national contexts.
- Action orientation: The results of the OeGI should prod governments and citizens group to lobby for changes in policies and programs in order to widen the space for ICT use.