CIPS- Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Distance Learning Series 2017
Blended Learning Program on Korea’s E-Government- Part 1
Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Distance Learning Series 2017 is being hosted by the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea. This is a 7-part lecture series through Video Conference followed by a face-to-face training session called as the Blended Learning Program that covers various dimensions of Korea’s E-Government.
Policy practitioners, representatives from the academia and Governments of several countries are a part of this program.
Centre for Innovations in Public Systems, an associate of GDLN – Asia Pacific holds the distinction of being the only organization which is representing India in this forum. As deputed by Director, CIPS, Mr. Avik Chakraborty, Ms. Swathi Dev and Mr. CH NV Ashish are attending the sessions.
The first session was held on 8th of June 2017 at 12.30 PM IST. Mr. Taejun (David) Lee, Associate Professor from KDI School of Public Policy and Management gave an overview of Digital Government and quality of Public Governance in Korea. It dealt with Korea’s experience in Governance though the extensive usage of Information and Communication Technology.
An evolving role of public governance mechanism
Global order created by digitization paved way for an evolving role of public governance. Acknowledging the rise of smart citizens, the Government’s evolving role to complement it is a key. This is to primarily ensure the efficiency and transparency in governance.
Korea made a bold decision to earmark 1% of its national budget for e-Government.
A Digital Democracy
Policy making process is more inclusive and participatory. A strong collaboration across Government agencies and public institutes through the technological platforms and the efforts of the Korean Government in that direction were enunciated.
A Phased implementation
A phase wise breakup of e-Government implementation in Korea was put forth and it is as follows
- Inception (mid 1980s to mid 1990s)
- Laying the ground work (mid 1990s to 2000)
- Launch (2001-2002)
- Diffusion (2003-2007)
- Convergence (2008-present)
A convenient, efficient, transparent & secure Government
It was regarded that a convenient, efficient, transparent and secure government was put in place.
Korea’s transition from an E-Government to a Digital Government was mentioned through various illustrations such as Electronic National Tax System (Hometax), Korean ON-Line e-Procurement System (KONEPS), Digital Budget and Accounting System (dBrain), Resident Registration System etc.
Transparency is evident in the sense that information management systems were built and measures were taken to ease the access of that information to public
To cope with the transition and to be on par with the Government’s initiatives, sensitizing the public on digital literacy was taken up on a large scale by including it in the curriculum from the elementary level itself.