Implications for Africa of E-Gov Challenges for Giants South Africa and Nigeria

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAfrican Media and the Digital Public Sphere
    EditorsO. F. Mudhai, W. J. Tettey, F. Banda
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9780230614864
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Bibliographical note

    Reproduced with the permission of Palgrave Macmillan. Author's note: • Chapter excerpt presented at the Fourth Annual e-Gov Africa Forum – Effective governance, transparent public services, and citizen empowerment through ICTs, organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Maputo, Mozambique, 23-25 March.
    o Interest from the office of a South African cabinet minister (expressed via email, post-conference).
    • Book highlighted by DFID’s Governance and Social Development Resource Centre with web summary at <>

    • The author synthesises existing literature, setting both conceptual and contextual (global and regional) backgrounds, and takes an analytical approach in applying e-governance concept with a specific focus on two of Africa’s most significant states.
    • The challenge presented by the multi-disciplinary nature of the topic is discernible in the diction and concise writing.

    • This is the only work so far to have focused on Nigeria and South Africa with regard e-governance, from the perspective of implications for the African continent.
    o Most other studies look at either one of these countries (e.g. Dode 2007 ; Adeyemo 2011 ), or these two countries among other countries (e.g. Mutula 2008).
    o The analyses provided in this chapter proved to be a reasonable predictor of trends, as per a survey that confirmed the significant roles of these two countries – alongside Kenya – in ICT development on the continent (Malakata 2011).
    • E-governance is a relatively new concept, and its application to Africa is even newer – with limited scholarly work in the area. This is therefore one of the few academic analyses that contribute to knowledge in this multi-disciplinary sub-field.
    This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in African Media and the Digital Public Sphere edited by Okoth Fred Mudhai, Wisdom J. Tettey and Fackson Banda which can be purchased from


    • e-government
    • e-governance
    • democracy
    • South Africa
    • Nigeria

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