The Network of e-Government Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean (RED GEALC) was created in 2003 as a joint initiative between the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development of the OAS and International Development Research Center (IDRC) with the purpose of promoting horizontal cooperation between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to facilitate the exchange of solutions and experts between the two regions. In 2005, the Inter-American Development Bank joined the aforementioned institutions and began providing support to RED GEALC through its Regional Public Goods initiative, and in 2006 the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA-ACDI) also joined the effort.
Since its creation, RED GEALC has put in operation a series of mechanisms that facilitate generating and disseminating knowledge in the area of e-Government, as well as the cooperation in e-Government of all the countries of the regions. Such mechanisms include:
- A reference environment for more than 60 senior officials responsible for implementing e-government in the countries of the region
- Annual meetings to set priorities and learn experiences. The two most recent, also gathered ministers in charge of the issue with the higher authorities of e-government.
- Three editions of the awards for excellence in e-government, excelGOV, recognizing the best solutions in transparency, citizen participation, efficiency, m-government, e-government citizen centered. They have participated 220 candidacies from 20 countries and have produced three full catalogs.
- Establishment of a horizontal cooperation fund, FOCOH, which has mobilized more than 70 experts from 20 countries.
- 6 e-government full research (open governmet, open data, sustainability, digital inclusion and m-government) comprising Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru.
- Workshops in which they have taken part more than 225 senior officials from the region.
- Repository of information and documents updated daily and available on-line, with public access, through this platform, which at the time has become the main reference on-line in the region in this area (www.redgealc.net). Includes a subsite for each country in the region with their strategies, state of the art, law and news on e-government
- A public software project and a open government & open data project in progress.
- A database with nearly 300 experts of e-government.
- More than 4000 public servants trained through training in e-government.
- Leadership of the Working Group on e-government process eLAC.
- A library of its own publications.
- A monthly newsletter.