eGovernance in India

Improving eGovernance in INDIA

Live Webcast / e-Discussion and archived videoclip will be available at:

Posted by egovindia on January 11, 2007

Live Webcast / e-Discussion and archived videoclip will be available at:
http://www.worldban k.org/edevelopme nt/live

a Global Dialogue on

Leveraging E-Government for Successful Anti-Corruption Programs

Wednesday, January 17, 2007: 9:30-11:30 am EST

LOCATION: I1-200 (1850 I Street NW Washington DC)

Speakers:

Nancy Zucker Boswell (President and CEO, Transparency International USA),
Basheerhamad Shadrach (Asia Senior Program Officer, International Development
Research Center, India) – via videoconference from Delhi
Knut Leipold (Senior Procurement Specialist, OPCPR, World Bank)
Enrique Fanta (Senior Public Sector Specialist, LAC PREM Public Sector, World
Bank) – via audio-bridge from Chile

Commentator: Daniel Kauffmann (Director, Global Programs, World Bank Institute)

Chair: Philippe Dongier (Sector Manager, CITPO)

Participating Countries: India, Kazakhstan (TBC), Paraguay, Russia (TBC), Sri Lanka (TBC)

Information communication technologies (ICT) — and e-government more broadly —
is widely seen as a powerful tool to enhance service delivery and government
effectiveness. Yet, have we investigated sufficiently the role it can play in
anti-corruption activities? This seminar seeks to discuss the role of ICT and
e-government in the Bank’s current anti-corruption agenda and generate
discussion now that the Bank is looking for specific instruments to implement
its new anti-corruption and governance strategy. For example, how can
e-government/ ICT tools enhance anti-corruption efforts by the Bank and its
client countries? How can we best leverage ICT to combat corruption? Should
anti-corruption become an explicit objective and design principle in order to
close all possible loopholes when introducing e-government/ IT systems in tax,
treasury, procurement, customs and other areas? Can e-government serve as the
“Trojan Horse” in difficult reform environments when more direct approaches are
not politically feasible? What are the pros and cons of giving more prominence
to e-government/ ICT tools in anti-corruption efforts by the Bank and its client
countries? Should anti-corruption become one of focus areas of e-government
strategies? What are the linkages between the two agendas?

We have invited several Bank and external experts to discuss these and other
issues and the role of ICT in anti-corruption and governance agenda from
different perspectives.

Nancy Zucker Boswell (President & CEO, Transparency International- USA) will
present from a perspective of a leading international NGO in the anti-corruption
area on TI’s views of the key entry points for leveraging e-government
opportunities to combat corruption.

Knut Leipold (Senior Procurement Specialist, OPCPR) will provide an overview of
the Bank’s and clients experience in fighting corruption with ICT and will in
particular focus on how ICT can dramatically reduce corruption in the public
procurement area.

Enrique Fanta (Senior Public Sector Specialist, LAC PREM Public Sector) will
share his experience in fighting corruption with ICT, using the examples of
customs and procurement in Chile.

Basheerhamad Shadrach (Asia Senior Program Officer, IDRC, India) will provide a
developing country perspective on using ICT for anticorruption in India across
sectors and regions.

Finally, Daniel Kauffmann (Director, Global Governance, WBI) will provide a
commentary and discuss implications and possible next steps for the World Bank
Group to leverage e-government and IT tools for anticorruption work as an aspect
of implementing the Bank’s governance and anticorruption strategy.

Speaker Biographies:

Daniel Kaufmann is regarded as a leading expert, researcher, and adviser to
countries on governance and development, Mr. Kaufmann, along with colleagues,
has pioneered survey methodologies and work on indicators and on capacity
building approaches for good governance and anti-corruption programs around the
world. He currently heads the work on Global Governance and Anti-Corruption, and
previously held positions at the World Bank which include managing a team on
Finance, Regulation and Governance, heading capacity building for Latin America,
and also serving as Lead Economist both in economies in transition as well as in
the Bank’s research department. In the early nineties, he was the first Chief of
Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, and then he was a Visiting Scholar at
Harvard University prior to resuming his carreer at the World Bank. He is also a
member of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Faculty. His research on economic
development, governance, the unofficial economy, macro-economics, investment,
corruption, privatization, and urban and labor economics has been published in
leading journals. Mr. Kaufmann is a frequent speaker on governance issues in
major fora, such as keynote presentations at international Governance and
Anti-Corruption Conferences, and at the First Global Forum on Media Development,
as well as delivering the Annual Goodman Lecture at the University of Toronto,
and he is a guest expert at major programs such as the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and
VOA, and his work on governance and development is frequently featured in
printed international media and policy circles. A Chilean national, Daniel
Kaufmann received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in
Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nancy Zucker Boswell is the President & CEO of Transparency International- USA;
the U.S. chapter of the global non-profit organization dedicated to combating
corruption. She works with government officials, multilateral institutions, and
the private sector to promote the international agenda. She is also a member of
the Transparency International board of directors. Ms. Boswell has practiced
international law at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., focusing on
extraterritorial jurisdiction, export controls, and customs and trade disputes.
Previously, she was responsible for congressional liaison at the American
Association of University Women and international financial matters at Citibank.
Among her affiliations are the USAID Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign
Aid, the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic
Policy and the US Trade Representative? s Trade & Environmental Policy Advisory
Committee. Her board service includes PACT, which focuses on civil society,
and the International Senior Lawyers Project, which provides pro bono legal
advice to NGOs around the world. Ms. Boswell is a member of the Conference
Board Working Group on Global Business Ethics Principles and the Carnegie
Endowment study group on Managing Global Issues. Ms. Boswell is a summa cum
laude graduate of American University?s Washington College of Law.

Basheerhamad Shadrach has worked since 1986 for a variety of organizations in
South Asia and Europe prior to joining IDRC as the Asia Senior Program Officer
for telecentre.org. His pioneering efforts in the field of information and
communication for development include the creation of an on-line news indexing
system for the Indian Express group; developing the first ever Indian on-line
development community, indev; organizing the first ever South Asian ICT
conference, Tasknet; and, the launch of the first ever global anti-corruption
Portal, CORIS. He has held several senior positions such as the member of
Transparency International’ s Senior Management team, member of the Management
Committee of OneWorld International Network and the Secretary of Mission 2007, a
national coalition that aspires to provide each and every village in India with
access to knowledge centers.

Enrique Fanta Ivanovic is Senior Public Sector at the World Bank’s LAC Region.
He received a degree of Civil Industrial Engineer from Universidad de Chile and
was Deputy Director of Chilean IRS before becoming Head of Chilean Customs
Service. After that, Enrique was deputy Director of the State Modernization
Project , in charge of e-government. At the same time, during his period as Head
of Customs and the state modernization, he was member of the Council of Internal
Auditing for the Chilean government.

Participants from outside the Bank do NOT need a building pass for this seminar
and no prior registration is needed for the webcast (but feel free to RSVP).
Feel free to forward and invite others! For further information on the seminar
or to join our mailing list, please write to edevelopment@ worldbank. org

Visit us at http://www.worldban k.org/edevelopme ntto download materials for this
and all previous e-development seminars (over 75 since Sept 2003).

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