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E-Governance Development in Africa: Overview of Barriers and Challenges for Urban E-Planning


  • Carlos Nunes Silva

    (Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)


This note explores trends in e-governance development in Africa and examines barriers and challenges confronting the development of Urban e-Planning in the continent. It has three main sections, besides the introduction and conclusion. The first is focused on e-governance development in Africa, examines the overall context of ICT in Africa and assesses e-government progress in Africa; the second deals with the barriers confronting e-planning; and the third discusses the challenges for e-planning implementation in Africa. Despite the overall negative picture of e-governance development in Africa that emerges from this review and the huge barriers it is confronted with, there are signs that it is feasible to have a rapid and sustained progress in the field of Urban e-Planning in the near future. However, considering the low level of conventional urban planning development in the continent, gradual implementation of e-Planning solutions in African cities is recommended.

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  • Carlos Nunes Silva, 2013. "E-Governance Development in Africa: Overview of Barriers and Challenges for Urban E-Planning," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 2(3), pages 50-63, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:2:y:2013:i:3:p:50-63

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