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1st Call for Papers

Conference theme:
Assessing the contribution of ICT to Development Goals
Dubai School of Government, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 26-28 May 2009

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP ) invites you to the 10TH International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. The conference will be hosted by the Dubai School of Government and held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 26-28 May 2009

It is widely recognised that ICTs have potential to contribute to meeting development goals such as basic health care, poverty reduction and education. It is often argued that countries harnessing the potential of ICTs can expect accelerating economic growth, improving human welfare and the fostering of good governance practices. The role of development goals in policy making is an important area of academic study and practical application. For instance, the millennium development goals (MDGs) developed by the OECD have been adopted by the governments of several countries as a focus on achievement of measures by 2015. ICT has also been a key element of various economic development and public sector reform agendas’ around the globe. The conference will explore the contribution of ICTs to the achievement of sustainable development.

We invite papers that describe, critique, develop arguments, and draw conclusions from the multitude of development projects on the role of ICTs in achieving development goals and addressing challenges to sustainability.

In addition to work in the information systems field which is a key focus of the conference, we wish to encourage contributions from other disciplines such as development studies, political science, political economy, social anthropology, sociology, which illuminate themes and identify differences through a willingness to engage in dialogue within and between disciplines.

As this conference takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates we would also like to stimulate debate that focuses on the the Middle East. The Middle East location is unique given its location as a global crossroads and also its position as a crucible of many global challenges and developments in ICTs that are taking place there. We strongly encourage those working in the areas discussed above to contribute to the on-going debate on Middle East development and the role of ICTs.

The following are a list of sub-themes proposed to stimulate ideas, and not with the purpose of being restrictive or exhaustive. We would welcome cases and experiences on this respect grounded on theory. Proposals for panels would be very welcome.


  • The relation between ICT policy & application and the development agendas / programs

    The role of ICTs in achieving the millennium development goals.

    The role of ICTs in overcoming barriers and challenges of sustainable development.

    How can the contribution of ICT to development be measured?

    The role of ICT in promoting and implementing Good Governance.

    Innovations in ICT and development programs: the global agenda

    Regional / national / local development priorities and the extent to which they may be overshadowed by
    international development policy goals

    The contribution of development goals to relevant information technology policies

    Relevance of development goals in relation to E-government and public sector development

    The ICT industry as a gateway for development job creation

    The role of ICT in promoting collaboration in developing countries

    Measuring ICT impact and return on investment

    Planning, implementing, and measuring the integration between E-Government and development

    What is the effect / role of ICT in:

      Gender equality goals

      Poverty and hunger alleviation goals



      Environmental sustainability and climate change

Who Should Attend

The conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy advisors who are involved with ICT and development in developing countries.

Conference Papers and Submissions

As in previous years, the programme committee are currently in negotiation with journals with a view to them considering upgraded/developed papers from the 9.4 conference as submissions provided that they meet the aims and objectives of the journal. Papers accepted and presented at the Dubai conference will be actively screened by the 9.4 programme co-chairs, and authors of suitable papers will be directly encouraged to submit their papers by this route after the conference. Details of submission of papers will be given in subsequent calls for papers. Authors are encouraged to contact the programme committee members for further details.

Format for Paper Submissions

Documents must be written in English, in Open Office Writer or MS Word .doc format, according to the following rules:

    Single Spacing

    Cover page containing

      Title of manuscript

      Authors’ names, affiliations and contact details for correspondence including e-mail address

      Abstract of not more than 200 words

    No author names anywhere else on the manuscript other than on the cover page

    Repeat the title on the second page, before the body of paper

    Full Research Papers: Length limit: 5000 words for text excluding abstract, diagrams, tables and

    Research in Progress/ Practitioner Reports of Experience and Reflection: Length Limit: 2500 words of
    text excluding abstract, diagrams, tables and references.

If you are using Open Office Writer, please save your document in Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP format, using the “Save As” option. If you are using MS Word, please check the file/properties option and if you are using Open Office Writer, please check user data in tools options, deleting any information about the authors´ name or institution.

All papers will be double blind reviewed. Note that In case of acceptance, at least one author must have registered for the conference by January 2009 or the paper to be included in the electronic proceedings.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions :September 29th 08

Reviews returned: December 1st 08

Final acceptance and camera ready: Mid March 09

Programme chairs:

Elaine Byrne, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, elainebyrne007@gmail.com

Yasar Jarrar, Dubai School of Government (www.dsg.ae), yasar.jarrar@dsg.ae

Brian Nicholson, Manchester Business School, UK (www.mbs.ac.uk), brian.nicholson@mbs.ac.uk

Organising chair

Fadi Salem, Dubai School of Government (www.dsg.ae), fadi.salem@dsg.ae