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Call for issue papers (Extended Deadline) - Harnessing the Application of Information and Communications Technologies for Acceleration of Socio-economic Development in Africa

Editors: Dr. Cosmas M. O. Ochieng (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr. Raymond Mugwanya (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

ACTS – Information Economy (IE) programme

Programme Vision: An inclusive, pro poor and thriving information economy for economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa.

Programme Mission: To provide policy choices that support the generation, uptake and harnessing of information and communications technologies, open data, big data and smart machines for sustainable and diversified livelihoods, socio-economic development and biodiversity conservation in Africa.

Programme Goal: To support the development of enabling policies, organizations and institutions for harnessing applications of information and communications technologies, big data and the digital economy for agriculture and food security, energy access and security, water quality and security, biodiversity and natural resource management in Africa.


Over the past few decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet have become more pervasive, more accessible, and more relevant in the lives of people in Africa. Virtually no sphere of human activity remains apart from ICTs, from markets to health care, climate change to green economies, bio economies to natural resources economies, education to governance, family life to artistic expression.

We invite issue papers on the following thematic areas:

  • Digital Economy issues
  • Big and open data
  • Cloud computing applications and use
  • Learning Technologies and Learning Analytics
  • e-health applications
  • Smart City planning
  • e-finance applications
  • e-agriculture applications
  • Supply chain issues in the use of ICTs for development
  • e-government services
  • Adoption and use of ICT4D applications
  • Privacy and Ethical issues in the use of ICTs and data for development
  • Historical studies of ICT innovation, adaptation and use
  • Empirically driven efforts to develop theory that explains how innovation in ICT and desirable socio-economic outcomes happen, or why they do not happen
  • Studies in regions/cultures that are relatively unreported, focusing on big data, ICTs and development issues
  • Studies that associate situated analysis of ICT innovations and/or use with broader societal conditions and processes


Participants must submit papers with a maximum of 4500 words (excluding references) not later than 25th April 2015. Papers should be typed double-spaced, 12 point script, in English. The papers should state the problem, objectives, related work, methodology, results (Where possible), conclusions and references. The papers must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (quoting ‘2015 ACTS IE call for issue papers’ in the title of your message). It must be accompanied by a short (maximum 2 page) CV.

Selection process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel made up of ACTS’ Scientific and Editorial Committee. Decisions on successful submissions will be made by 30th May 2015. Accepted Papers will be published as ACTS’ Issue Papers by the ACTS Press, with ISBN and ISSN numbers. They will be submitted for indexing to: INSPEC, DBLP Computer Science Bibliography and Google Scholar.

Important dates (DEADLINES EXTENDED!!!!)

  • Issue Papers due (Not more than 4500 Words): 25th April 2015
  • Notification of acceptances for issue papers: 30th May 2015
  • Final copies from authors to guest editors: 20th June 2015
  • Publication: 31st August 2015
  • All submissions are due: 2359 hrs UTC.


The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is a leading independent, international policy research organization working on issues of science, technology, innovation, environmental change and sustainable development. Our mission is harness applications of science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in Africa by enlarging the range of policy choices for Africa’s sustainable development. We inform, influence, broker, leverage and build capacity for inclusive policy, organizational, institutional and technological change for economic, social and environmental sustainability in Africa. ACTS works with global, regional and national scholars, policy makers, communities, public, private and civil society actors and other stakeholders to:

  • Conduct high quality research, policy analysis and capacity strengthening on harnessing applications of science, technology and innovation for sustainable development;
  • Broker and leverage science, technology and innovation research, knowledge and expertise for development policy making and practice;
  • Convene and facilitate evidence based, high level multi-stakeholder dialogue, debate and policy making;
  • Inform, influence and enhance development theory, policy and practice;
  • Expand the African development policy space by putting issues critical to Africa’s development on global, regional and national policy agenda.
  • Promote science diplomacy for global development

Over the last quarter century, ACTS’ work has influenced patent legislation and policy; environmental impact assessment policy and practice; bio-energy and biofuels policy; agricultural policy, bio-diplomacy, biotechnology and biosafety; climate change adaptation and mitigation; trade policy and international development, and science, technology and innovation policy in Africa.  ACTS has consistently been ranked among the top development, environment and climate change think tanks in the world.

ACTS’ new Strategic Plan (2014-2018) seeks to Accelerate Africa's Transition into Inclusive Knowledge and Green Economies. The Plan has 5 Priority Programmes:

  • Bio economy (harnessing applications of biosciences, bio resources and biotechnologies for sustainable development in Africa)
  • Information Economy (harnessing applications of information and communication technologies, the digital economy and 'Big Data' for sustainable development in Africa)
  • Climate Resilient Economy (promoting livelihoods and ecosystem resilience in Africa; climate resilient African infrastructure)
  • Responsible Natural Resource Economy (natural capital accounting, valuation, assessment and pursuit of the Triple Bottom Line (planet, people and profit; Land Information Management System (LIMS) and Environmental Information Management System (EIS) for Sustainable Development in Africa).
  • Gender, Youth and Inclusive Development.