E-democracy

E-democracy

eGA offers policy advice, training and consultancy to public authorities and civil society organisations. We assist people who are striving to enhance transparent, accountable and participatory governance using the innovative potential of ICT.

E-democracy is an integral part of a nation’s digital transformation. It means the smart use of digital tools to enrich and transform your existing governance models and practices. ICT can profoundly increase the transparency, responsiveness and accountability of your government and offer your citizens an additional opportunity to participate in political processes, resulting in better political outcomes for your society as a whole.

Areas of training, consultancy and research

  • E-engagement strategy development
  • Implementation of various engagement/e-engagement initiatives, models and tools, such as participatory budgeting
  • Capacity-building of local administrators/politicians and communities (implemented using the Open Government Partnership (OGP) methodology)
  • Awareness-raising and capacity-building of various stakeholders regarding the role of ICT in the democratic transition of society (e-democracy policies, methods and tools)
  • (Co)-creation of e-democracy and e-government communication strategies and actions
  • Supporting countries in the development and implementation of OGP action plans
  • Advocacy for democracy innovation in digital societies

E-democracy consultancy process

You will gain valuable theoretical and practical e-democracy knowledge based on successful examples of civil society development and implementation in Estonia and numerous other countries around the world.

The eGA consultancy process is built on following activities:

If you have a project idea, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to work with you to jointly define project requirements and collaborate in seeking funding opportunities, as we have done with many countries before.

For further information, please contact Ms Kristina Reinsalu, Programme Director of e-Democracy, at kristina.reinsalu@ega.ee or +372 528 1392

Read more about our success stories:

1. Bringing participatory budgeting in practice in Estonia

Read more about Participatory Budgeting Process in Tartu.

 2. Introduction of the OGP methodology to Estonia’s local governments

Read more about: Open Government Partnership at the Local Level in Estonia.

3. e-Democracy Situation Review in Eastern-EU Partnership Countries

Read more about: Situation Review: Safety and Security of Cyberspace and e-Democracy in the Eastern Partnership Countries

Rahvaalgatus.ee – enables to compile and send collective addresses – with at least 1000 digital signatures – to the parliament of Estonia. Also, to follow whether your proposal will be turned into draft act.

Rahvakogu  – The People’s Assembly, an Estonian grass roots initiative designed to find solutions to political sore spots.

ikoon_votingi-Voting – Internet voting, or ‘i-voting’, is a system that allows voters to cast their ballots from any internet-connected computer, anywhere in the world.

Participatory Budgeting – Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in issues of local government. Tartu was the first city in Estonia who experimented with PB.