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 ECLAC Announces its 2011 Course Offering
Description: ECLAC, through ILPES (its central training body) offers courses on various economic and social issues of the region.

The Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) is a permanent institution with its own identity and is part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). It was founded in 1962 and its mission is to support the Governments of the region in the field of public administration, through research, advisory and, in particular, training activities.

The efforts made by ILPES in the area of training may be illustrated by the fact that in its 50 years of existence it has provided various types of courses for over 25,000 participants from the countries in the region, and mainly from the public sector. The teaching personnel for these courses were from universities or academic centres in Latin America and the Caribbean and also private-sector and civil-society institutions.

ILPES/ECLAC has the comparative advantage of working in very specialized areas and offering short courses which are generally not available in this form in the programmes of academic centres in Ibero-America. These courses allow a combination of theory and practice, and systematize the experiences of the countries in the region.

The language of instruction is Spanish and the courses are usually from one to five weeks in duration.

For more information for Courses 2011 click here



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 PROSPECTS FOR E-GOVERNMENT IN LATIN AMERICA: Satisfaction with democracy, Social Accountability, and direct democracy
Description: ABSTRACT
Direct democracy “from below” constitutes a strong tool of social accountability. Powerful
arguments have been made regarding the information problem associated with direct democracy. In an increasingly complex world, citizens have trouble gathering enough information to make decisions on complicated issues. E-government offers a unique opportunity to solve, at least partially, the information problem. Granting access to information and services, e-government allows citizens to become more acquainted with the governing process. In order to assess the potentiality of extending e-government I d an index of E-government Potentiality. This index is constructed through the combination of diverse variables (education index main telephone lines per 100 inhabitants estimated PC per 100 inhabitants and Internet users per 100 inhabitants). It is then compared with the actual use of e-government in the region (data came from West et al 2002). Surprisingly, there is not a direct proportional relation between those countries with high potentiality and those with actual broad use of e-government. The theoretical claim used to explain the lack of this relationship comes from the hypothesis that in developing countries where citizens are more satisfied with their democracy and have
high degrees of interpersonal trust, the political will—a critical variable pointed out by the egovernment literature—is not strong enough to engage in costly reforms and develop e-government. In other words, politicians lack enough incentives to alter the status quo. Why should they change if most people are basically satisfied with the state of affairs? Where countries have high levels of interpersonal trust and citizens are satisfied with democracy, e-government is less likely to develop.

International Review of Public Administration (2002), Vol. 7, No. 2

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 SIARE-CLAD - Integrated and Analytical System of Information on State Reform, Management and Public Policies
Description: The Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD) is an inter-governmental organisation, which was established in 1972 at the initiative of the governments of Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.  Its mission is to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge on State Reform and Modernisation of Public Administration by organising specialised meetings, publishing books and papers, rendering documentation and information services, carrying out studies and research and implementing technical co-operation activities among its member countries.

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 Revista del CLAD Reforma y Democracia (Spanish and English)
Description:

The Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD) is an inter-governmental organisation, which was established in 1972 at the initiative of the governments of Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Its mission is to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge on State Reform and Modernisation of Public Administration by organising specialised meetings, publishing books and papers, rendering documentation and information services, carrying out studies and research and implementing technical co-operation activities among its member countries.

(Spanish)
Revista del CLAD:
Es una publicación cuatrimestral arbitrada dedicada a estimular el progreso intelectual en la comprensión sobre las relaciones Estado-Sociedad, así como a divulgar propuestas y alternativas para orientar las transformaciones requeridas en la Administración Pública.


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 Red GEALC: Network of e-Government Leaders of 32 Latin American and Caribbean Countries
Description: Red GEALC, plataforma de trabajo de los líderes de e-gob de los 32 países de las Américas

Red GEALC, plataforma de trabajo de los líderes de e-gob de los 32 países de las Américas

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 Brazilian School of Public Administration (EBAPE/FGV)
Description: The Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation - was established in April 1952 and has played an important role in training university and government personnel both in Brazil and in other countries in Latin America and Africa. From the outset, it has run administration courses at graduate and specialized levels, as well as a wide-ranging research program and technical consultancy service for government businesses and entities.

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 Anti-Corruption Web (Respondanet)
Description: The Americas' Accountability/Anti-Corruption Project (AAA), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the first and only regional project of its kind. Launched in 1989, its two fold purpose is to increase public awareness about the disastrous effects of government corruption on society and to foster transparency and accountability in the administration of public resources by governments in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

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 Inter-American Development Bank
Description: This website compiles general information on e-government programmes and applications and various links on e-government applications from governments, NGOs, international and national organizations.

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 Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICAmericas.Net)
Description: ICAmericas.net is an interactive portal for public policy makers, entrepreneurs, community activists, and digital pioneers dedicated to using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to shrink the digital divide in the Americas.
The website provides resources for knowledge creation and capacity-building, which include case studies, projects and funding criteria, news articles, events, and virtual discussion groups.
Contact: ica@icamericas.net

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 Iberomunicipios.org - Red Iberoamericana de ciudades digitales
Description: The Iberoamerican Network of Digital Cities supports the efforts of Iberoamerican cities towards joining the Information Society. RED aims to provide a platform for mutual learning, knowledge-transfer and best practices exchange in the IT field, facilitating a public-private sector dialogue to create a favourable political environment for the implementation of local e-government strategies. The website provides best practices and national initiatives on e-government in Latin America.

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