[AISWorld] Last CfP 9th IDIA Conference: Beyond development. Time for a new ICT4D paradigm? (8-10 Nov, Zanzibar)

Jean-Paul Van Belle jean-paul.vanbelle at uct.ac.za
Wed May 20 07:17:24 EDT 2015

9th IDIA Conference and ESEFA Workshop

IDIA2015 Conference<http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2015/> and ESEFA<http://www.esefa.ac.za/> Workshop
Nungwi, Zanzibar
8-9 (IDIA<http://developmentinformatics.org/>) and 10-11 (ESEFA) November 2015

Beyond development. Time for a new ICT4D paradigm?

We invite you to submit papers for the theme "Beyond development. Time for a new ICT4D paradigm?" for the 9th International Development Informatics Association Conference: IDIA 2015, to be held 8-9 November, 2015, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. An ESEFA (Enterprise Systems Education for Africa) Workshop will be held on 10-11 November.

Organiser: International Development Informatics Association
Website: http://developmentinformatics.org/conferences/2015/

20 June 2015           Full papers submissions
                                   Panel proposal submissions
                                   Student submissions
1 August 2015          Notification of acceptance
1 September 2015   Payment deadline
15 September 2015 Camera-ready papers deadline

1. Audience
The conference is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and reflective practitioners.

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Only papers of participants who have paid the full conference fee will be included in the Proceedings.

Conference proceedings will be made available online to participants. A volume of the Proceedings in book form is a possibility, as was done for the IDIA2014 conference.

2. Theme overview
During the IDIA2014 Conference held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, participants expressed some disillusionment with the ICT4D world. On one hand little progress seems to be made despite promises, and on the other hand, this field of research does not seem to progress beyond practice to high-level models, let alone theory. There was consensus that we need to shift gears.

ICT4D is strongly Euro-American driven, with little original though from the African and other developing soils. It is time that those-being-developed take control of our own futures by developing our own models, theories and projects - perhaps along the lines of de-growth (Escobar, Latouche). There are too many isolated, independent ICT4D projects taking no cognizance of other views or projects. We do not learn from one another.

The conference will have three streams: theoretical stream, practical stream, and student/new researcher /post-graduate colloquium stream.

2.1 Theory

Preference will be given to papers addressing theoretical paradigms, and novel approaches to ICT4D. Supporting arguments will be important, and proposed models should be rigorously constructed on solid scientific footing. Project-dependent data and arguments should fit into some theoretical framework. This means that the foci of papers that deal with hard data, should express how such data corroborate/justify/validate/strengthen or refute/weaken some or other theoretical position.

2.2 Practice

Papers reporting on ICT4D projects will be accepted. However, please take care to distinguish between the writing styles of a project report, and an academic research paper that requires dialogue about the project from a critical perspective. Embed reports within frameworks such as Action Research or Design Science, or other.

2.3 New researchers / student submissions / post-graduate colloquium

Sessions will be available for "young" researchers presenting extracts from the Honours, Masters or PhD theses.
More details are available on the website: http://developmentinformatics.org/

3. ESEFA workshop
The ESEFA project (http://www.esefa.ac.za<http://www.esefa.ac.za/>) is inviting ESEFA partner university academics to submit papers to the IDIA conference, to be presented 8-9 November either for the IDIA theme, or the ESEFA theme.

The theme for ESEFA papers (presented 8-9 November):
Enterprise Systems Skills and Education in Developing Countries

IDIA participants are welcome to attend the ESEFA Workshop information session.

About IDIA
IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research into the use of ICTs by developing economies and societies (ICT4D). IDIA was founded in 2006 and has held national workshops on Development Informatics, as well as several international conferences. IDIA2015 is the 9th International IDIA Conference. http://developmentinformatics.org/


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