8th Annual SIG GlobDev Pre-ICIS Workshop

Call for Papers




Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Sunday, December 13, 2015


Information and Communications Technology Innovations for Sustainable Global Development  



Sajda Qureshi, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA



Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Arlene Bailey, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica



Ted Stohr, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA



Pamela Abbott, Brunel University, UK.

Annika Andersson, Swedish Business School. Örebro University, Sweden

Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo, The University of Texas-Pan American, USA

Corlane Barclay, University of Technology, Jamaica

Irwin Brown, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jyoti Choudrie, Hertfordshire University, UK

Paul Golding, University of Technology, Jamaica

Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Mathias Hatakka, Swedish Business School. Örebro University, Sweden

Marlene Holmner, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Kirstin Krauss, Rhodes University, South Africa

Gunjan Mansingh, The University of the West Indies Mona campus, Jamaica

Shana Ponelis, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA

Paulo Rupino da Cunha, Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal

Piotr Soja, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Sergey Samoilenko, Averett University, USA

Gamel Wiredu, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana

Yingqin Zheng, Royal Holloway University of London, UK.



Salam Abdallah, Abu Dhabi University, UAE



The concept of Development has eluded IS researchers who continue to grapple with increasing ICT innovations by people living in countries with scarce resources. In particular, innovations in mobile payments continue to drive entrepreneurship in the remotest parts of the world; for example, the country with the largest number of users of mobile payments, Kenya, hardly features in mainstream IS research. Recent special issues in mainstream IS Journals have awoken to these innovative uses of ICTs realizing that there are societal consequences as innovations in social networking, crowdsourcing and mobile banking bring novel research questions to the field. Yet, imminent scholars continue to grapple with a well-known phenomenon; Development. Historically, development has been studied in the fields of Economics, Government and International Relations as the economic growth of countries, regions with social, political and human consequences. In the past ten years, the access, use and innovations in ICTs to bring people in the remotest and poorest parts of the world as active participants in the global economy, has made the study of ICTs for Development an important means of understanding how improvements in people’s live may or may not take place though IS implementations. Because the phenomenon of ICTs and Development is moving previously poor, developing countries into the mainstream of economic life, leaving developed countries to catch up with their innovations, IS research is scrambling to catch up.     


The Global Development workshop addresses questions that provide new and meaningful definitions of Development, such as does development have to be a zero-sum game with winners and losers and what are the socio-cultural dynamics of international collaboration? In a world that is increasingly characterized by climate disturbance, natural disasters, economic crises, challenges to peaceful relationships within and between states, diminishing natural resources, exploitation and manipulation of natural resources with grave costs to the environment, demands for participation in governance, what lenses are there to understand these changes?  Can ICTs support the development, promotion and realization of a model of ‘development’ that is holistic, inclusive, just and sustainable, and that will lead to an appropriate quality of life for each individual on the planet?


The papers in this workshop will also further the knowledge of what we know about how ICT enables the global economy by enabling local needs to be met in a manner that preserves the ability of the planet to support human life.

  1. Theoretical lenses and/or empirical studies that enable an understanding of:
    1. ICTs & Sustainable Development
    2. ICTs & Peace building
    3. ICTs & Disaster Recovery
    4. ICTs & Health
    5. ICTs & Socio-cultural issues in Development
    6. ICTs & Education
  2. The role of government policy in fostering ICT human capital, cooperation and capacity building and climate change
  3. ICT Impact Analysis: Sophisticated analyses of the empowering potential & dangers posed by ICTs.
  4. Social, political, and community development impacts of ICTs.
  5. Socio-cultural issues in international ICT4D collaboration and innovation
  6. New frameworks and models for fostering ICT human capital and capacity building


 Critical and theoretical perspectives on the digital divide and social inclusion


 Challenges of ICT human capital and capacity building in remote regions

  1. Educational systems; content provision and delivery; developing ICT skills
  2. Mobile technologies as infrastructure for ICT human capital and capacity building
  3. Frugal Innovation and innovative ways in which technologies are applied in developing regions.


Any combination of the above or aspects of human capital and capacity building for sustainable development will be considered. 



These will be published in the AIS eLibrary.



Authors of selected workshop papers will be invited to submit their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD)



Notification of Intention to Submit (Optional): asap

Paper/Panel Proposal Extended Submission Deadline: Sunday September 27, 2015

Notification to Authors:                               October 18, 2015

Deadline for Final Papers:                           November 21, 2015

Workshop Date:                                           December 13, 2015



Submitted papers should be limited to 7,000 words or approximately 25 pages in length.

Please clearly indicate the category of your paper on the title page:


Research Paper


Contribution to Practice




Student Paper

Additional information and instructions for submitting papers and proposals to the workshop can be found at http://www.globdev.org/



Panel proposals and Paper Submissions should be uploaded to EasyChair submission web site for SigGlobDev 2015 is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sigglobdev2015.  Any questions or abstract submissions should be sent to Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Virginia Commonwealth University, KMOsei@VCU.Edu. Please include “SIG GlobDev Workshop” in the subject header of the email.