9th IDIA Conference and ESEFA Workshop

Beyond development. Time for a new ICT4D paradigm?

IDIA2015 and ESEFA Workshop
8-9, 10-11 November 2015

Read about Zanzibar:

Conference venue

Double Tree Resort (Hilton), Nungwi on the northern peninsula, about 1 hour from Zanzibar Town. See more about conference venue and accommodation.

1. Theme overview


During the IDIA2014 Conference held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, participants expressed some disillusionment with the ICT4D world. On one hand little progress seems to be made despite promises, and on the other hand, this field of research does not seem to progress beyond practice to high-level models, let alone theory. There was consensus that we need to shift gears.

ICT4D is strongly Euro-American driven, with little original thought from the African and other developing soils. It is time that those-being-developed take control of our own futures by developing our own models, theories and projects – perhaps along the lines of de-growth (Escobar, Latouche). There are too many isolated, independent ICT4D projects taking no cognizance of other views or projects. We do not learn from one another.

The conference will have three streams: theoretical stream, practical stream, and student/new researcher /post-graduate colloquium stream.


Preference will be given to papers addressing theoretical paradigms, and novel approaches to ICT4D. Supporting arguments will be important, and proposed models should be rigorously constructed on solid scientific footing. Project-dependent data and arguments should fit into some theoretical framework. This means that the foci of papers that deal with hard data, should express how such data corroborate/justify/validate/strengthen or refute/weaken some or other theoretical position.


Papers reporting on ICT4D projects will be accepted. However, please take care to distinguish between the writing styles of a project report, and an academic research paper that requires dialogue about the project from a critical perspective. Embed reports within frameworks such as Action Research or Design Science, or other.

New researchers / student submissions / post-graduate colloquium

Sessions will be available for "young" researchers presenting extracts from the Honours, Masters or PhD theses.

ESEFA Workshop

The ESEFA programme is holding a post conference workshop from 10 to 11 November.

All conference participants are invited to attend the ESEFA informational event on the morning of 10 November.

ESEFA partner university delegates are invited to attend the IDIA conference and the post-conference ESEFA workshop sessions.

Kindly confirm ESEFA workshop attendance on the 10th & 11th (no registration cost) at online registration or via email to: esefa.support AT uct.ac.za

10 - 11 November 2015
The ESEFA programme as an academic network for Enterprise Systems education

Technology education needs a strong and reliable network to be sustainable. The Enterprise Systems for Africa (ESEFA) programme is building a partnership of tertiary education institutions across sub-Saharan Africa which is redefining the approach to Enterprise Systems (ES) teaching. The result is a curriculum developed within the sub-Saharan African context, with an African case study and modularized for integration into various disciplines (Logistics Management, Industrial Engineering, IT/Computer Science, Business Computing/IS/Business Analysis and Accounting) or as a short course. The curriculum includes case analysis as well as management and implementation guidelines and theoretical content. Hands-on workshops on SAP ERP and BI applications give students a competitive advantage as job seekers.
See: http://www.esefa.ac.za

The post-conference ESEFA workshop will start with an open morning session on the 10th giving conference participants an overview of the ESEFA programme. A closed afternoon workshop event will give current ESEFA partners an opportunity to share teaching experiences.

On the 11th an ESEFA training workshop will cover new modules and discuss future developments.

2-day ESEFA workshop programme outline is as follows:

10 November: 

11 November: 

2. Call for Papers

We invite you to submit papers on the theme

Beyond development. Time for a new ICT4D paradigm?

for the 9th International Development Informatics Association Conference (IDIA 2015), to be held 8-9 November 2015 in Zanzibar.

The ESEFA project is inviting ESEFA partner university academics to submit papers to the IDIA conference, to be presented 8-9 November either for the IDIA theme, or the ESEFA theme.

The theme for ESEFA papers (presented 8-9 November):

Enterprise Systems Skills and Education in developing countries

See deadlines.

The conference is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and reflective practitioners.

Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Only papers of participants who have paid the full conference fee will be included in the Proceedings.

Conference proceedings will be distributed at the conference, and made available online to participants. A volume of the Proceedings in book form is a possibility, as was done for the IDIA2014 conference.

3. Calls

3.1 Call for Full Papers

Full Papers will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel. Full Papers will be evaluated according to their novel research contribution, methodological soundness, theoretical framing and reference to related work, quality of analysis, and quality of writing and presentation. Manuscripts considering novel designs, new technologies, project assessments, policy analyses, impact studies, theoretical contributions, social issues around ICT and development, and so forth will be considered. Well-analyzed results from which generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought. Authors are encouraged to address the diversity of approaches in their research by providing context, implications, and actionable guidance to researchers and practitioners beyond the authors’ primary domains.

Only original, unpublished, research papers in English will be considered. Papers must use the templates available on the submissions page, and must be no longer than 10 pages.

Submissions longer than 10 pages, not in the template format, not related to the conference themes, and/or not meeting a minimum bar of academic research writing will be rejected without full review. See requirements details.

3.2 Call for Panels

You are welcome to submit proposals for a panel discussion. A summary article of the panel discussion is expected to be submitted after the conference, for publication on the IDIA website, and perhaps a journal too.

Kindly submit possible themes, names of panelists and their affiliations.

3.3 Call for Workshops

You are welcome to submit proposals for a workshop. This is usually very helpful for practioners. Ideally there should be some formal output - e.g. article, book.

3.4 Call for post-graduate colloquium

We are trying to develop promising young researchers. We hope to receive submissions based on extracts from Honours/Masters/PhD theses in progress. A Work-in-Progress volume will be published online on the IDIA website.

4. Publishing schedule

Papers must be submitted to this email address:

IDIA2015 AT developmentinformatics.org


Please meet the strict deadlines for paper inclusion in the Proceedings.

Due to so many requests for extension of deadlines, we revised the dates.

New dates   Original dates    
20 July 2015   20 June 2015   Full papers submissions
        Panel proposal submissions
        Student submissions
1 September 2015   1 August 2015   Notification of acceptance
15 September 2015       Early Bird payment deadline
1 October 2015   1 September 2015   Payment deadline
15 October 2015   15 September 2015   Camera-ready papers deadline
NB: Submission requirements

5. Registration

Please use the online form to register for the conference registration.

5.1 Registration fees

Conference fees
Standard   ZAR2200  
Early bird   ZAR1800 Deadline (extended): 15 September 2015
Non-reviewed papers / Research in Progress
Early bird   ZAR1800 Deadline (extended): 15 September 2015
These papers will not be published in the Proceedings
Students   ZAR1400 Proof of current registration at a higher education institution required
Early bird   ZAR1100 Deadline: (extended): 15 September 2015
Day rate   ZAR1100 Observers
Early bird   ZAR900 per day Deadline (extended): 15 September 2015
    ZAR540 Conference dinner for non-participants*
      * Dinner for ESEFA participants and IDIA fee-paying participants sponsored by SAP UA.

5.2 Visa letters

Visa letters will only be offered to participants whose papers have been accepted. If you wish to attend without delivering a paper, and require a visa letter, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit before the letter will be issued.

5.3 Gala Dinner

Monday evening 9 November 2015, sponsored by SAP University Alliances.

6. Accommodation

See the list of accommodation within easy reach of the conference venue.

7. Transport / Airport

Flights and Airport

The Zanzibar airport is called the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Few international carriers fly to that airport -- only Mango and Fastjet.

Some international carriers (Emirates and Ethiopian) fly to Dar-es-Salaam. You can then either take a regional airline, or a ferry from the continent to the island..

Flights between Zanzibar and South Africa

Mango airlines has 2 direct flights per week between Zanzibar and Johannesburg: on Saturdays and Tuesdays. If you fly from South Africa, you will arrive on the Saturday.

From Zanzibar Town to Nungwi

You could either rent a car, take a taxi, or go by bus to Nungwi.

8. Info and Tips

Here are two useful websites:

8.1 Money matters

There are only 2 ATMs on the entire island - in Zanzibar Town. So if you need cash, you need to draw money before you go to Nungwi.

Few establishments accept credit cards. The conference hotel, and other hotels in the Nungwi area do accept credit cards. But even some fancy one in the Nungwi area do not have credit card facilities. So check with the establishment of your choice.

The currency is Tanzanian Shilling. One hundred shilling is roughly USD0.50.

9. NRF KIC for South Africans

The South African NRF announced a Call for Applications Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) for Scientific Events / Travel Grants between November 2015 and 31 March 2016.

You might wish to apply for these funds:

NRF KIC for South Africans

10. Programme Committee

See the Programme Committee page.

Organizing Committee

Jacques Steyn
Monash University
Conference Co-Chair
Jean-Paul van Belle
University of Cape Town
Conference Co-Chair

About IDIA

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research into the use of ICTs by developing economies and societies (ICT4D). IDIA was founded in 2006 and has held national workshops on Development Informatics, as well as several international conferences.

IDIA2015 is the 9th International IDIA Conference.