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Information and Communication Technology As Key Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities: The Open City Portal Approach of Nigeria

Information and Communication Technology As Key Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities: The Open City Portal Approach of Nigeria
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Author(s): Motoo Kusakabe (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 21
Source title: Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development: Technologies, Applications and Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tan Yigitcanlar (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-775-6.ch010

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Abstract

The ‘Sustainable cities’ initiative has been widely accepted as a participatory development initiative to achieve environmental and social goals. In the cities in developing countries with a severe constraint in their capacity for participatory planning, a potentially effective way to build ‘sustainable city’ initiative is to use an e-government portal designed to support citizens’ participation in planning and monitoring processes and knowledge sharing among participating cities. In the Nigeria Delta region, 23 local governments were chosen to pilot this initiative. This region has been suffering from weak local governance and protracted youth unemployment caused by ‘youth bulge’ that led to severe social unrest. In such circumstances, this pilot had a strong focus on enhancing local governance and job-creation among young people in knowledge-intensive industries, particularly using information and communication technologies. This chapter investigates positive and negative sides of this approach using the cross-country and city-level survey data.

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