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ICT and Development:Research Voices from Africa,  International Federation for Information Processin

March 22 2010 | Makerere University, Uganda

Deadline: November 30 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

“ICT for development” has attracted wide attention for several years now. Often we hear about ICT in Africa, much more rarely about ICT from African voices. Why did our knowledge about the correlations between ICT and the economy and society fail to develop ICT to support development? Is the mainstream model of conceptualising and implementing ICT4D applicable and helpful in the African context? What are the alternatives to dominant approaches? This workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ICT research approaches and findings that emerged from and relevant to the African contexts. We are particularly interested in receiving written submissions from African researchers in ICT for development, and from African intellectuals outside the mainstream ICT-based approach to economic growth and social improvements.
We welcome explanatory papers, aiming at analysis and understanding of ICT in actual African contexts. More precisely, the workshop invites short papers in the following focal areas: discontinuities between the African context and dominant ICT paradigm role of information, and ICT, within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world barriers against Africa’s adoption, appropriation and autonomous use of ICT•cultural issues that may shape ICT adoption in unexpected ways•alternative strategies of ICT implementation and sustainability in Africa uncertainty, unpredictability, risk and serendipity related to ICT initiatives•role of ICT in empowerment, illiteracy, poverty eradication, and human development in Africa. The workshop is intended to be informal and inclusive in order to provide a “bigger picture” of ICT in Africa.
We welcome participants from academic institutions engaged in similar research, governmental and non-governmental organizations, public and private sector representatives, entrepreneurs and grass-root movements, civil society and ICT practitioners.
SubmissionsWe call for submission of short papers, in the form of long abstracts, up to 2000 words. Please send them as email attachments to this