V-ICT-OR (Flemish ICT Organization) is a non-profit organization that supports Flemish local governments in the digitization process. The association works with an internal team that builds on the expertise of various experts in the field to come up with solutions to various problems that local IT teams are struggling with.
The Flemish ICT Organisation has invested heavily in a project-based elaboration of certain themes that play a significant role at the local government level. Our knowledge centre laid out a decent foundation of partnership and sources from which we can move forward. The composite vision towards the near future therefore mainly focuses on the following elements:
We wish to implement this vision to the maximum extent in cooperation with our fellow professional federations and the Flemish government.
In order to get a better insight into what is going on in other countries in the field of digitisation in local authorities, V-ICT-OR has joined the international cooperation LOLA (= Linked Organisation of Local Authorities), of which our chairman Eddy Van der Stock is also chairman.
From the first contacts with the associations from other European countries, it appears that there are quite a few similarities in the topics that are discussed. For instance, we find the remuneration of the ICT employee, but also the appreciation of the ICT service and service provision, or the discussion about the position of the ICT employee and the ICT service within the board, ...
The first European projects have already taken place. Since 2012, LOLA is a NPO, so we can present ourselves under one flag on a European and global level.
LOLA gives us the opportunity to cooperate with the following partners:
LOLA (Linked Organisation of Local Authority ICT Societies “LOLA”) is a non-profit organisation of ICT professional associations. These associations comprise professionals who work in local authority and other local public service delivery organisations, and their suppliers, in different countries worldwide.
LOLA will work collectively and collaboratively to achieve benefits to these organisations, their members and the citizens they serve.
Our core values are based on our desire to provide a high standard of local authority services to our citizens through the effective deployment of Information and Communications Technologies. We intend to achieve this through joint projects, sharing of good practice, products and services, joint influencing of national governments, and engaging the ICT supply industry.
We aim to make a significant contribution to the development of European and/or international ICT standards, codes of good practice, cross national projects coordination and potentially drawing on National and European funding to achieve these objectives. Similar opportunities outside Europe will also be exploited.
We provide mutual support to one another in the pursuit of our objectives.
We support the declarations specified in the Citadel Statement (as an extension of the Malmo declaration) as specific work domains or core areas where national decision makers with our support can provide tangible support to improve Local Government: