Call for Papers: E-Governance and urban policy design in developing countries
Rapid urbanization increases the pressure on governments, especially in developing regions. With the proportion of urban population growing from 30% in 1950 to more than 50% in 2010, local governments are challenged to find innovative ways to plan city extensions, optimize their operations, and provide sufficient and equitable access to public services while ensuring transparency, accountability and public participation. Prospects of further growth suggest that in the future the challenge will be even greater: urbanites worldwide are likely to triple by the year 2050, reaching 1.23 billion in Africa and 3.3 billion in Asia. A second global trend is that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has become widespread. One third of the world’s population was online in 2011 and 62% of users were in developing countries.