WeGO (Korea)
Name: WeGO - World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, South Korea
Location: Seoul, South Korea
WeGO (Korea)

Date Published: June 19, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

WeGO is an international cooperative body of cities and local governments that pursues sustainable city development based on e-Government. WeGO has currently 96 member cities and 3 friendship members across all continents. The WeGO Secretariat is hosted by the President City Seoul (South Korea) and has two Regional Offices in Chengdu (China) and the Ulyanovsk Region (Russia) that help advance the organization’s mission in their respective regions.

Particularly, WeGO provides a rich array of benefits to its members, such as:

  • Digital Capacity Building

WeGO offers capacity building programs for the advancement of digital capacity and bridging the digital divide. In addition to the popular annual e-Government “Seoul Program”, WeGO introduced the brand new program on the resort island of Jeju and expanded its training offerings to Chengu, China and the Ulyanovsk Region, Russia. 

  • IT Consultation Services

WeGO provides consulting services to WeGO members on city e-Government development through Feasibility Studies (F/S), research and technical assistance in cooperation with IT consultants. In 2015, WeGO conducted projects on “Civic Participation Systems” for the effective management of citizens’ complaints and opinions for five WeGO member cities.

  • e-Government Tools (CeDS Online Toolkit & WeGO eGovFrame)

WeGO offers cost-efficient and easy-to-use e-Government Tools to its members to help improve their e-Government Systems. Based on a joint project with the World Bank, the City e-Government Diagnostic & Solution Framework (CeDS) Online Platform was created to enable city officials to self-assess the maturity level of their e-Government environment. The standardized and open-source WeGO e-Government Framework (WeGO eGovFrame) includes common modules and standard templates generally required to efficiently develop and operate new e-Government applications.

  • Knowledge-sharing Products & Networking Opportunities

WeGO members have the chance to learn about emerging smart sustainable technologies, share best practices, and make valuable connections with the international community, city officials, and urban/IT experts from all over the world through a wide range of WeGO events, including conferences, seminars and workshops often co-organized with WeGO’s extensive global network of partners.

  • WeGO Awards

The triennial WeGO Awards is a popular international e-Government competition that recognizes and promotes excellent e-Government practices of cities and local government around the world. All cities and local governments – WeGO members and non-members alike – are eligible and encouraged to apply.


WeGO, in collaboration with its partner, TM Forum, is proud to introduce the Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model.This complimentary model is designed to help WeGO member cities measure and benchmark their development as a smart city through an end-to-end holistic view across city agencies and departments.

The Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model has been designed to capture the key aspects of a city’s transformation journey to become a smarter city.

A smart city is characterized by a high level of community and citizen engagement, by making the city attractive for businesses and by efficient and sustainable city operations.The model is inspired by the Customer Lifecycle and the Framework business model, providing a structured and practical approach to creating this best practice.

Benefits of the Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model

  • Assess the current situation across all smart city dimensions; the model is simple enough to be completed quickly but also specific and concrete
  • Learn about the challenges and successes ongoing in the city
  • Define and clearly outline goals for the city’s transformation in each dimension
  • Assess the current situation across all smart city dimensions; the model is simple enough to be completed quickly but also specific and concrete
  • Benchmark against other cities.

The Maturity Model is broadly grouped in five dimension areas, each representing a major aspect of a smart city transformation

  • Leadership and Governance
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Citizen Focus
  • Effective Use of Data
  • Integrated ICT Infrastructure
  • Existing Levels of Smartness

Message from the WeGO Secretary General

From its early beginnings in 2010, the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments has quickly evolved into a representative global organization for pursuing sustainable urban development based on e-Government with a dedicated Secretariat based in Seoul, Korea and Regional Offices in Europe and Asia.  WeGO has been able to achieve this remarkable growth through the leadership of President City Seoul - a global leader in digital governance - and the solid support of a continuously expanding network of valuable member cities and international partners worldwide. 

As I look back on WeGO’s history and growth within the context of the growing relevance of smart, sustainable, and resilient cities for the global agenda, I see WeGO as poised to play an increasingly central role in harnessing and promoting the potential of digital governance as we work towards the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

As the Secretary General of WeGO, I would like to invite you to be a part of our global network and take part in our advocacy of improving the quality of life of citizens worldwide through IT-led public administration!

Dr. Young-sook Nam

Secretary General of WeGO