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Common standards for e-Governance solutions : Mark Fleeton, Chief Executive Officer Development Gateway Foundation USA

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“There is a strong case for inter-governmental collabo-ration to jointly develop common e-Government solutions – a principal reason for the creation of the DG Foundation,” says Mark Fleeton in an Interview to i4d’s Jayalakshmi Chittoor, Mark Fleeton Chief Executive Officer Development Gateway Foundation USA mfleeton@dgfoundation.org

1. What are the key issues addressed by Development Gateway Foundation (DGF)?

The Development Gateway Foundation provides web-based tools to strengthen governance and make development efforts more effective by increasing efficiency in government procurement, improving financial management and aid coordination, and enabling knowledge sharing and collaboration among development practitioners around the world.

2. How are ICTs appropriated for playing a facilitating role in addressing the issues?

The Foundation specialises in affordable e-Government solutions for developing countries based on open source software and common standards. While markets for enterprise and consumer software may still be reasonably competitive because development costs can be shared across very large numbers of users, this is not the case in government. There are only about 200 national governments, and governments tend to have many unique requirements and business processes that are not met by enterprise and consumer software. The result is that a very large share of e-Government software is custom-made. This may be affordable in high-income countries, but for many poor and small countries, it puts e-Government out of reach. There is thus a strong case for inter-governmental collaboration to jointly develop common e-Government solutions

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