Aruba has been selected as a best-practice country for implementation of the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and UNDP has established a Center of Excellence for Small Island Development States in Aruba. Aruba is interested in building the government of the future to serve as a model for sustainable island development. This requires, inter alia, investing in structural change management and public sector innovation capabilities. It has a government of 5,600 employees. One possible project would be a comparative (case study) analysis of other countries or small island states, such as Estonia, Singapore, Malta, and Dubai, to understand what the best practices of those countries are and what lessons Aruba can learn from these countries.
Additionally, a comparative benchmark study will be conducted in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, including countries such as Colombia, Bermuda, Bahamas and Barbados. More specifically, relevant research questions include, e.g.: how do countries develop the requisite change management and innovation capabilities for designing the future of e-government and digital governance? What are the critical public sector innovation capabilities to transform governments of the future in small(er) states? How do countries commercialize and export their knowledge of e-governance and digital transformation? The Capstone team will conduct desk-research and a comparative case study analysis, and subsequently provide an actionable policy and plan of action for building a knowledge platform around e-governance and knowledge-export strategies that the Government of Aruba could implement in the near-term to put Aruba on the map of leading e-governance nations.