Details on International
Socitm's International work aims to raise members' awareness of international issues, establish relationships with overseas organisations and provide a focal point for involvement in global initiatives.
International collaboration allows Socitm members to:
- share ideas and experience of e-government
- adapt successful solutions pioneered elsewhere
- avoid reinventing wheels
- make comparisons where these are meaningful
- get the best use of scarce resources and finance
Already, Socitm's international exchanges have demonstrated that:
- whilst the structure of local service delivery is different, the services delivered are less so
- British local authorities seem generally bigger and provide more services than other countries
- freedom of information in the USA has very different influences from Data Protection in the UK
- the UK's concern about the introduction of ID cards and national databases is not always shared abroad
- looser central government control over local government can increase innovation
Socitm has formed partnerships and links with a number of similar professional associations around the world. Their details can be found on these pages.
Socitm's partner associations collaborated on Local e-government Now: a worldwide view, the first definitive international study of local e-government which was launched as a report in August 2002.