Transition to e-government in Developing countries: The Case of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) e-Service Smart City Initiatives in Ghana

Joseph Kofi Wireko, Knud Erik Skouby

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Abstract

Most developing countries, especially in Africa are fighting corruption as a major barrier to development, and e-government is seen as a new way of addressing it. Besides generally being recognized as cost-efficient, e-government is thought to reduce corruption through increased transparency, better accountability and, the disappearance of the “middle-man” in the acquisition of public services by the citizenry. This paper discusses the extent to which this has been achieved in Ghana by analyzing the implementation of e-government service of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) of Ghana using the “stages of growth” mode from a sociotechnical perspective. The outcome of the analysis suggests that the e-government service implementation by DVLA is still at its basic and rudimentary stage (Catalogue stage) and continuous presence of the “middle-man,” high level of corruption, lack of transparency, accountability and trust in the acquisition of services
provided by the Authority. The DVLA can still benefit from e-government if it commits to full implementation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCenter for Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI), Electronic Systems, Aalborg University Copenhagen
ISBN (Print) 978-87-7152-097-2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Corruption; E-government; E-service; Internet; Website

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