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What value orientations matter for this function?

For persons:
Objectives for persons

For organizations:

Objectives for organizations

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What are feasible objectives & options for delivering this function of government? Taking into consideration dependencies on the country's resource endowments, what options exist to achieve which objectives for this function of government?

Objectives for the function

Fostering social reconciliation: Access to reliable and objective information is a vital element of democratic process and settings. Countries’ experience shows that the manipulation of information can be a trigger of rising misunderstanding and tensions that can lead to devastating conflicts. Therefore, the promotion of exchange and dissemination of information is an important element of re-construction efforts. It is therefore in the interest of governments to set up mechanisms allowing them to manage information and knowledge assets.

Gaps and diagnostics: What goes wrong and why?

Gaps can be articulated with respect to a result framework or the Sustainable development goals (#SDGs). One must take into consideration the level of scope, and its level of development (in a peer group).

In the diagnostics we must also clarify cause-effect relationships in a diagnostic hypothesis.javascript:;

Our focus here is on two services: the country's public procurement services, and the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in the communications between the public sector and the members of the constituency. The ICT tools available for communicating information include radio, television, mobile phones and the Internet. Open Government Partnership and e-government are two recent areas of focus in this function of government class.

  1. Regime 1:
  2. Regime 2: The free flow of information, as enshrined in Access to information laws of a country, empowers public institutions, societal groups and citizens to produce and share knowledge—between and within service delivery sectors—to bring a greater degree of cohesion, transparency and accountability. People are led to realistically assess the country’s situation and deploy their collective energy to meet the challenges.

What guidelines can be formulated for delivering this function of government?

The guidelines for actors at the various level of scope had better be informed by a Theory of Change that is aligned with a strong diagnostic hypothesis for the function of government.



  1. Public private partnerships which may involve cooperatives1 may offer suitable models for delivering certain functions of government! What are (open access) best practices? What are workable public-private boundaries in delivering this function?
  2. The level of scope in guidelines is reflected in the socio-technical level of roles. Each role must be defined in one of Pico roles, Micro roles, Meso roles or Macro roles. When a role is referenced here, its definition page should also contain a link to this page.


For each function of government a substantial number of online resources are available. Some of these resources are listed here. Additions can be suggested in comments, or posts using #cofog0133.

  • Administration and operation of other general services such as centralized supply and purchasing services, maintenance and storage of government records and archives, operation of government owned or occupied buildings, central motor vehicle pools, government operated printing offices, centralized computer and data processing services, etc.
Resource links
Country's Public Procurement System (Guidelines for carrying out Country Procurement Assessment)
Open Contracting Data Standard (ongoing project)
United Nations E-Government Survey 2012 and earlier UN E-Government Surveys (UN Public Administration Programme)
Knowledge Base of Innovative E-Government Practices
Spotlights from global e-government surveys (2012, 2010, 2008 and 2005
Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide (2007, 2005, and 2003)


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