|Call for Papers
1st Call for Papers
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:
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.
Deadline for submissions :September 29th 08
Reviews returned: December 1st 08
Final acceptance and camera ready: Mid March 09
Elaine Byrne, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yasar Jarrar, Dubai School of Government (www.dsg.ae), email@example.com
Brian Nicholson, Manchester Business School, UK (www.mbs.ac.uk), firstname.lastname@example.org
Fadi Salem, Dubai School of Government (www.dsg.ae), email@example.com