PANeGOV : Understanding Democratic eGovernance in Asia

New information and communication technologies (ICTs) are playing an important role in the field of politics, as well as in the way citizens are governed. The Asian region has been at the forefront of innovations in the field of ICTs and governance, as demonstrated by the oft-cited examples of the use of mobiles and SMS in the Philippines to protest - and later depose e.g. President Estrada - or the use of the internet to provide government services in India. However, very little is known about the actual impact these new technologies are having on the process of democracy in Asia or in the quality of governing.

Consistent with the view of the state and technology as constraining and enabling structures, a Pan Asia Network for eGovernance (PANeGOV) proposes to collectively document how ICTs are being used in democratic governance. As such, this research project is focussed on ICTs and "governance", which encompasses, but is not limited to, "e-government" services.

PANeGOV will undertake 8 projects classified in three areas. All are research activities - intellectual investigations aimed at discovering, interpreting, revising and deepening our collective understanding of issues related to democratic eGovernance. However, some activities contribute more to a deeper understanding of democratic eGovernance (theoria) and others have a distinct action orientation (praxis).

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Start Date

Friday, May 15, 2009

End Date

Thursday, December 27, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Sayo, Phet

Total funding

CA$ 1,019,418


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, India, Philippines


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Emmanuel C. Lallana


IdeaCorp Inc.

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