MUniversity of Minnesota

April 8, 2005

Democracy and Civic Engagement Group Summary

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Democracy and Civil Engagement Group

1. What types of technology were employed?

 Information systems and training
 e-government (law, licences, taxes)
 Information systems of libraries
 Liberalisation, more access to internet

2. What fields were represented?

 Government services (civil service, judiciary, etc.)
 Libraries, universities
 Judiciary
 Schools
 Private sector, Non-profits
 The media

3. What barriers to implementation were encountered?

 Bribery or Gift-giving? Nepotism, cover-ups
 Psychological barriers
 Fear of technology, especially by the older generation
 Red tape lack of clear procedures
 Older generation vs. younger generation (gen. gap)
 Imposed lack of education (lack of access)
 Lack of access to financial resources

4. How were the barriers overcome?

 Strict enforcement of rules and laws regarding conflict of interest
 Public awareness through media effective media
 Determination of the new generation willingness to make changes
 Protection of whistle-blowers
 Training of auditors, accountants to spot corruption
 Leadership committed to fighting corruption

Thanks to Christine Swanson for facilitating the group and to Shehryar Sarwar for transcribing group notes.

Posted by chri1010 at April 8, 2005 10:55 PM