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Anti-corruption Efforts in National ICT Policies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2019 (English)In: Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-DrivenCooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D / [ed] P. Nielsen and H. C. Kimaro, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from endemic corruption, which disrupts developmentefforts. Although ICTs is no magic wand, several studies indicate that ICT can serve as an important toolfor combatting corruption by increasing transparency, and enable citizens to hold public officialsaccountable. Anti-corruption efforts are however dependent on strong political will and rule of law to besuccessful. A policy typically contains description of government intentions formulated into concreteobjectives, as well as the rationale behind government targets. Furthermore, policies guide programmaticresponses. The aim of this study is to explore how ICTs’ anti-corruption potential have been understood atthe policy level over time in ICT policies from nine Sub-Saharan African countries between 2000 and2018. The study concludes that although there are signs of a growing understanding of ICTs as a multipurposetool for anti-corruption towards the end of the period, most policies fail to produce acomprehensive and explicit narratives as well as statements affirming political will. The policyenvironment’s development trajectory, albeit positive, thus leaves room for improvement in termshighlighting ICTs potential contributions.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Corruption, ICTs, Transparency, Accountability, Sub-Saharan Africa
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-391335DiVA, id: diva2:1344667
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IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
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