In the period of May 9-13, EGAP Dnipro held several meetings with the community and government representatives in Dnipropetrovsk and Dniprodzerzhynsk. Attendees included representatives from local government and non-governmental organizations as well as students.
A total of six events with various target groups were held by the task group over the last three days. In particular, two meetings were held with representatives of Dnipropetrovsk and Dniprodzerzhynsk, four presentations at IT schools and universities (ShAG academy, Dnipropetrovsk Institute of State Administration, Dnipropetrovsk National University of Railroad Transport, and Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, as well as a meeting with Dnipropetrovsk’s IT community.
Pictured: during a meeting with students
During the meetings, representatives of the EGAP Dnipro team spoke on the phenomenon of electronic democracy, existing e-tools, as well as the EGAP Challenge (qualification criteria, requirements for participants and their projects, challenge stages, etc.)
Each meeting has the form of a dialog. After the presentation of the program and the EGAP Challenge, the participants have the chance to express their opinions on implementation and use of electronic democracy tools, share their ideas on participation in the challenge, receive feedback, and ask questions.
The major problems identified by the activists and IT specialists include: imperfect legislative framework, inability to implement tools that would really affect the government and change its structure, as well as the absence of systematic information on implementation of e-tools in Ukraine and abroad.
The representatives of government agencies, in turn, point out their difficulties. The main problems reported by them include the absence of a unified repository of documents for all government agencies, incomplete preparation of data presentation standards, lack of funding, as well as imperfect legislative framework.
Government officials assure that they try to use modern technologies actively and are always open to dialog. At the moment, civil servants in Dnipropetrovsk use the following tools: electronic petitions, unified state electronic database on education (inforesurs.gov.ua), create their own websites, and convert their services to electronic form using the iGov system.
Pictured: Serhii Dovhopolyi, EGAP Dnipro task group leader
“We realize that each party has its own vision of the problem of electronic democracy”, says Serhii Dovhopolyi, EGAP Dnipro task group leader. – It is very important at present to collect all the information and analyze it correctly before we announce specific tasks for creative weekends. Otherwise, we risk creating non-functional or simply irrelevant tools.”
The EGAP Dnipro team also continues online and offline surveys in various target groups on existing electronic democracy tools, identifying their deficiencies, and conducts comprehensive analysis of the real needs of the people. It was announced that the interim results of the study will be published on May 28 at the Relevance of Implementation of Electronic Democracy conference to take place in Dnipropetrovsk.