The eGovernment is linked to the consolidation of democratic governance and seeks ways to facilitate and enhance the participation of citizens in public debate and policy formulation in public policies through participatory consultations of citizens, so, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched GobAPP.com, which intends to be a think tank to promote the use of digital tools that bring citizens and governments and facilitate a more inclusive and transparent governance.
When XVII Ibero-American Summit of Chiefs of State and Government, gathered in Santiago de Chile on November 10, 2007, it resolved to aprove the Ibero-American Electronic Government Charter adopted by the IX Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Public Administration and State Reform, and this was the beginning, with firm and determined step, of a path that will soon have, with the help of the IDB, a technological element that will enhance it even more.
For the Ibero-American Charter, eGovernment and eAdministration are synonymous and refer to the use of ICT in administration bodies to improve information and services offered to citizens, guide the effectiveness and efficiency of public administration and increase substantively the public sector transparency and citizen participation.
The adoption of egovernment in public administration from the Ibero-American States tries to contribute to the development of Society and would never be a simple response to technological opportunities that come from the market.
The eGovernment is symbiotically linked to the consolidation of democratic governance and seeks ways to facilitate and enhance the participation of citizens in public debate and policy formulation in general or sectoral public policies, among other means, through participatory consultations of citizens, so, in this line, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched GobAPP.com, which intends to be a think tank to promote the use of digital tools that bring citizens and governments and facilitate a more inclusive and transparent governance.
GobAPP.com will bring together various initiatives, as yoGobierno.org, SomosAfro.org andGob247.org, and will be a place to test new ideas of governance through social and digital media in order to transfer them to other institutions once entrenched. This think tank has the support of different governments in the region: Uruguay, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile and Dominican Republic. The Organization of American States (OAS) is also helping.
The principles on which the eGovernment is based, Equality, Legality, Conservation, Transparency and accessibility, Proportionality, Accountability and technological adequacy, will be relaunched with hackatones and online voting for proposing and selecting priority projects, social networks, and use of mobile services for citizens to communicate their needs to the rulers.
Because Latin America is one of the most active regions in the use of social networks worldwide, which together with different technological solutions, applications, mobile services and other ICT platforms, constitute a package of valuable tools that promote new forms to think about development, modernization of the State and to improve the quality of citizen services, the tools are not designed to go unnoticed.