Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, and Director of the National Center for Digital Government, presented a keynote address in Delhi, India on March 8, 2017.
Her keynote, "Political Priorities and Administrative Performance: Building Cross-Agency Capacity." was presented at the 10th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, held from March 7 to 9. The conference theme was "Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment."
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad used the occasion of the conference to launch Open Forge – the Government of India’s platform for open collaborative software development of e-Governance applications based on open data and open standards. He also introduced the Digital India Global Roadmap, an action plan connecting the focus areas of Digital India with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations Development Program.
Fountain attended the conference, and associated planning meetings for the Digital India program, as a guest of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The conference was organized by the Ministry through its Digital India Program and by the United Nations and included peer-reviewed papers from 60 countries.