From no-government to e-government

Bernard Nikaj, UNU-MERIT

In the last two decades the creation of new states and state-building in post-conflict situations has been in the focus of both policy-making and academic research. Various factors have been deemed to play an important role in the success and failure of state-building tasks. One of the most omitted actors in the process of state-building has been ICT. This thesis looks at the issue of building modern state administrations in post-conflict countries, with particular focus on the role of ICTs in aiding these administrations. In order to achieve its aim, this thesis presents the case of Case Management Information System (CMIS) and its implementation in the justice sector of Kosovo. Through tracking the process of conception, implementation and development of the CMIS and the interplay of different actors involved, this thesis will argue that ICTs are not just an enabling factor, but a rather active actor in building and defining the nature of the institutions in which they operate.

About the speaker

Bernard Nikaj is currently the Ambassador of Kosovo to Belgium and Luxembourg at the same time acting as Head of Kosovo Mission to the European Union and NATO.

Previously he taught Management and Innovation at the University of Prishtina and Development Economics at AUK Summer School. He was the Minister of Trade and Industry at the Government of Kosovo during which time he led Kosovo’s Trade negotiations as part of the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) negotiations between Kosovo and the European Union. Prior to this he has worked for the Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Minister of Trade focusing on issues of trade relations, industrial development, business environment reforms and foreign direct investment. He has more than ten years’ experience working on development projects in Kosovo, Albania and the Kyrgyz Republic focusing on public financial management, social sector reform, economic development and public administration reforms.

He holds degrees in Economics and Management from University of Prishtina (BA), in Management from The London School of Economics (LSE). He has been awarded British Foreign Office Chevening Scholarship for his masters studies, Netherlands Fellowship Award (NFP) by the Government of Netherlands for his PhD studies and has spent a semester as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also FCO International Leaders Program (ILP) Alumni.

Venue: Room 1169, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Date: 24 November 2017

Time: 13:30 - 15:00  CEST