Ukraine 23% higher than world average in UN E-Government Development Index

Latest United Nations E-Government Survey shows substantial progress in Ukraine towards higher levels of e-government development. In 2 years, the country has jumped by 25 points in e-government and 45 points in e-participation, now ranking 62nd of 193 countries across the globe.

13641284 1920238791536485 8777172079891326903 oThe survey[1] highlights levels of e-government development in Ukraine that are 23% higher than the world average, with an E-Government Development Index (EGDI) of 0.6076, against the worldwide average of 0.4922 EGDI.

Offering a snapshot of the development of e-government worldwide, the report monitors the progress achieved in facilitating integrated policies and services through e-government, ensuring transparency through open government data, engaging people through e-participation, advancing online services and bridging divides.

Good e-governance: empowering citizens

IMG 0161 002ihyighj768957E-government development will support Ukraine in increasingly embracing innovation and utilizing ICTs to deliver services and engage people in decision-making processes. It also addresses the growing demand for more personalized services that reflect individual needs, as well as people's aspiration to be more closely engaged in the design and delivery of services. Ultimately, these new demands would transform the way the public sector operates.

Driven by increased civic activism, Ukrainian citizens now seek to have more control over their lives, which significantly raises e-participation in the country. UNDP were among pioneers to propel Ukraine into the digital age by setting up an official e-petitioning system. As of now, Ukrainians has opportunity to file online petitions with the President and local government agencies.

UNDP has long been an active supporter of Ukraine's efforts to transform its public sector by enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, access to information and public services, as well as citizen participation. It was the first international organization in Ukraine to encourage opening government data at the national level in an effort to make public institutions more inclusive, effective, accountable, and transparent.

UNDP: In for the long haul

IMG 0143 00278579uihfgkfhkhOpen data support activities started as a small pilot initiative on providing data on municipal spending in machine readable formats via the first comprehensive local budget information portal. It grew later into a national-level initiative to stimulate state bodies to open their data and eventually culminated in the adoption of the open data legislation, which obliges the government agencies to make their data open by default through posting and regularly updating public sector information online on the unified state open data portal.

More recently, UNDP in Ukraine has supported the government's initiative for open data development and, thus, for government transparency, through commissioning the assessment of Ukraine's readiness to work with open data. Based on the Open Data Readiness Assessment's recommendations, the Open Data Roadmap for Ukraine was developed and adopted in early 2016, detailing the government's plans to move forward with the open data agenda this year.

Amid government's extensive efforts towards transparency, UNDP also supported first steps taken by the parliament to ensure its greater openness. The Working Group was established to implement the Open Parliament Action Plan for Ukraine, endorsed by the Ukrainian Parliament in early 2016, placing the country amongst the leaders of the global legislative openness movement.

IMG 0152 0026557yjhgjhj78768In addition, under the leadership of the State Agency of eGovernance of Ukraine, which is a long-standing partner of UNDP, laudable achievements have been made in:

•introducing e-procurement system ProZorro, aiming to systematize public procurement and to minimize corruption risks
•establishing e-services in different sectors – construction, land, ecology, justice, taxes, court, and
•launching a single state portal of administrative services, which has the potential to step up as an effective one-stop-shop.

[1] The survey is issued by the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA).