As the diffusion of ICTs increases, governments around the world are rolling out e-government plans and projects to enhance service delivery to the public through the use of ICTs. In many jurisdictions, both the financial and technical means available to government are limited. This constrains the ability of governments to deliver the benefits of e-government to everyone. However, there are significant pools of funds and expertise that the public sector can tap to deliver its obligations to deliver the highest level of public service at a reasonable cost.
This module discusses these alternative funding options for ICT for development (ICTD) and e-government projects. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are highlighted as a particularly useful funding option for ICT-based services and e-government initiatives in developing countries.
||ICT Diffusion and Global Economic Growth and Related Factors and their Impact on Funding ICT4D
||Different Funding Modalities
||The Public Sector Working with the Private Sector
||Introduction to PPPs
||Characteristics of ICT and E-Government Projects
||Managing Risk in ICT Projects and in PPPs
||What type of e-government projects are appropriate for PPPs and the Merx / PhilGEPS case study
||Other funding options and resource mobilization strategy
The module aims to:
- Discuss the issues that influence investment in ICT deployment, with a special focus on investments in e-government;
- Describe various financing mechanisms for ICTD projects;
- Describe PPPs as an option for funding ICTD and e-government projects; and
- Outline the issues to consider when deciding on which funding option to pursue for ICTD and e-government projects.
After going through this module, readers should be able to:
- Describe alternative funding mechanisms for ICTD and e-government projects;
- Discuss PPPs as an option for funding ICTD and e-government;
- Prepare a resource mobilization strategy; and
- Develop a draft ICT project funding proposal that considers some of the main concerns donors may have about funding ICTD activities and e-government projects.