[Video conference] From Rhetoric to Action: E-Government and Aid Effectiveness

A videoconferenced workshop between Washington DC, Berlin and Paris
Date: 17th September 2008

Program Description

Increasing the impact of development aid is the core objective of the Paris Declaration, a document endorsed by more than 100 developing and donor countries and multilateral agencies in 2005. The 2008 “Evaluation of the implementation of the Paris Declaration” calls for faster progress from rhetoric to action by both partner governments and donors. In this context, this workshop organized jointly by GTZ and GICT/e-Development Thematic Group explores the connection between e-Government and aid effectiveness. The workshop will try to address two questions using inputs of practitioners from partner country governments and development organisations:

  • How can e-Government contribute to aid effectiveness?
  • How does the concern for aid effectiveness inform the way we invest in e-government?

Real Media (higher speed)

Windows Media (low-speed with chat)


Michael John Hofmann, German Executive Director at the World Bank (from Washington DC)

Mohsen Khalil, Director, GICT, World Bank (from Washington DC)

Stefan Schmitz, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD (from Paris)

Discussants (from Berlin):

Mark Fleeton, CEO, Development Gateway Foundation

Grace Katasi Namachanja, KACC, Kenya and Thomas Vennen, GTZ Kenya

Harry M. Kitillya, Director General, Tanzanian Revenue Authority

George P. Arnaiz, Congress Representative, Prov. Negros Oriental, Philippines

Aslam Raffee, CIO, Dept. of Science and Technology, South Africa

Navin Girishankar, Operations Adviser, CFPVP, World Bank (from Washington DC)

Brice Quesnel, Senior Operations Officer, Aid Effectiveness Unit, OPCS, World Bank (from Washington DC)


Randeep Sudan, e-Government Practice Leader, GICT, The World Bank (from Washington DC)

Ingo Imhoff, ICT for Development, GTZ (from Berlin)


Samia Melhem, Chair, e-Development Thematic Group, World Bank (from Berlin)


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