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E-governance in Africa goes backwards

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South Africa stood 61st in e-Governance rankings among 192 UN member states. According to the UN e-Government Survey 2008, South Africa is far behind in e-Governance as compare to other UN member states.

According to the survey report, the Southern African region has shown little improvement from the 2005 survey. South Africa continues to lead in this region followed by Lesotho. On the other hand, the report also states that South Africa is leader in sub-Saharan Africa. Regionally, Southern Africa ranked top in the region, followed by Northern Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa and West Africa. The report notes that North and Central Africa have improved overall in terms of e-Governance, while Eastern Africa has shown 'little improvement', and the Western Africa has the lowest regional index in the survey. The UN Global e-Government Readiness Survey 2008 evaluates the application of information and communication technologies by the governments of the 192 UN member states.

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