It is unfortunate that the planned IDIA2017 conference has to be postponed until further notice.

10th IDIA Conference

What role for ICT in development?

Bucharest, Romania
30-31 October 2017

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Rasnov Fortress - courtesy Romania Tourism
Snagov Monestary
Snagov Monastery - courtesy Romania Tourism

Conference venue



Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with ISBN number. Conference proceedings will be made available online to participants.

IDIA was established in 2006, a round table discussion was held in conjunction with the 3rd CIRN conference in Prato (Italy). The first formal IDIA conference was also held in conjunction with the CIRN conference in Prato in 2007. IDIA2017 will be held in Romania, just "around the corner" from our friends in Prato. The CIRN Prato 2017 conference will be on 25-27 October 2017, the week prioir to IDIA2017, with the theme Art as Archive: Archive as Art & The Imagined Archive.

Keynote: Tim Unwin

Tim Unwin

Professor Tim Unwin is UNESCO Chair in ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from 2009-2014. He serves on the ITU's m-Powering Development Advisory Board, the UK Department for International Development’s Digital Advisory Panel, the UN University – Computing and Society International Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Internet for All initiative, and is also Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China. He has written or edited 15 books and more than 200 academic papers and chapters, many of which focus on the use of technology in development practices. His edited book Information and Communication Technologies for Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and his new book Reclaiming ICT4D is being published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s 90 birthday Honours list in 2016 for his services to the Commonwealth.

1. Theme overview

2. Call for Papers

There is no consensus among scholars on what development means. Who and what needs to be developed is also fuzzy. There is no agreement what development is for - its purpose. These concepts require unpacking and clarification. We invite you to submit papers on the theme What role for ICT in development?
See deadlines.
Furthermore, it is unclear to what extent ICT contributes to development.Development projects typically focus on regions of the world classified as economically under-developed. Most of the projects are deployed in some Asian regions, in Latin America, and particularly in Africa. However, poor pockets in highly developed regions such as the USA and Europe seem to be neglected. Development Informatics or ICT4D applies to any region perceived as being on the unwanted side of several divides. - thus equally to similar communities in Europe.

Although the main focus of IDIA is on developing world contexts (with a bias towards the African content), we usually pay additional attention to divides in the country where we have our annual conferences. As IDIA2017 will be held in Romania, we would like to add to our narrative problems of divide in Europe in general, and Romania in particular.

Themes typically covered in ICT4D, such as economic uncertainty, rising levels of poverty and unemployment, social exclusion, inequality and so forth still exist in Europe, and with the influx of migrants and refugees are on the increase. Militant actions in Europe lead to the increase of marginalization faced by groups and communities excluded on virtue of their economic status, ethnic background, race, and particularly religion.

Some older inequalities still remain. Gender and ethnic inequalities remain a global problem. This is the case in many traditional societies in the developing world. The Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority, still face exclusion, marginalization, poverty, racial discrimination and unequal access to education at such a scale and levels that various research. Policy informing documents refer to these phenomena as “the Roma problem”. In similar words, is there then also an African problem? A Latin American problem? Why is this a problem? Can ICT play a role in alleviating such "problems"?

Global development programs such as the MDG have been unsuccessful in reaching their targets. Will the SDG targets be reached by 2030? What role does ICT have to play in attempts to reach the SDG targets? How can ICTs and the data revolution assist in measuring the indicators? Is it possible for ICT to contribute to more equal, transparent, tolerant and inclusive societies across both North and South?

There is a long list of such questions that require intense research, debate and scrutiny. We welcome contributions from a wide range of perspectives to stimulate thedebate to reach a better understanding of our goals and purpose.

1.1 Theory

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.

1.2 Case Studies

Reports on case studies are welcome. Reports founded on theoretical frameworks such as Action Research or Design Science, or other approaches will be peer-reviewed for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

1.3 Practitioners

For practitioners, papers reporting on projects that are not based on a theoretical framework will be considered for presentation and inclusion in the Proceedings - but not be peer reviewed, only editorially reviewed.

1.4 New researchers / student submissions / post-graduate colloquium

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

2.1 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.

Maximum length: 8'000 words.

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.

2.2 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.

2.3 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.

2.4 Call for case studies

We invite you to submit reports on case studies. These should be founded on solid theoretical frameworks and give appropriate consideration to the methodological approaches employed. Results should be analysed in the light of theory and against state of the art research, and contributions to scholarship should be outlined. Case study reports should be maximum 6’000 words. They will be evaluated via double-blind peer review and accepted contributions will be included in the conference proceedings.

2.5 Call for practitioner reports

Practitioners are invited to submit reports based on development informatics and ICT for development projects. Reports are not expected to include theoretical interpretations; however, we advise authors to outline the lessons learnt and to consider how the projects and experiences reported may help to inform further practice in development informatics and ICT4D. Practitioner reports should be maximum 6’000 words. They will be editorially reviewed (not peer reviewed) and included in the conference proceedings.

2.6 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.

3. Publishing schedule

Papers must be submitted to this email address:



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

14 June 2017   Full papers submissions
    Panel proposal submissions
    Student submissions
14 August 2017   Notification of acceptance
21 August 2017   Early Bird payment deadline
7 September 2017   Payment deadline
15 September 2017   Camera-ready papers deadline
NB: Submission requirements

4. Registration

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

4.1 Registration fees

Conference fees
Standard   TBC  
Early bird   TBC Deadline: 21 August 2017
Non-reviewed papers / Research in Progress
Early bird   TBC Deadline: 21 August 2017
These papers will not be published in the Proceedings
Students   Proof of current registration at a higher education institution required
Early bird   Deadline: 21 August 2017
Day rate   TBC Observers
Early bird   TBC per day Deadline: 21 August 2017
    TBC Conference dinner for non-participants

4.2 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.

See below for Romanian Visa Requirements.

4.3 Gala Dinner


5. Accommodation

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

6. Transport / Airport

Flights and Airport

The Henri Coanda International Airport serves the city of Bucharest. There are direct flights to Bucharest from most major European cities and either direct or connecting flights to the Middle-East, the United States, Canada, Australia, Africa and New Zealand.

Transport: Henri Coanda International Airport and Bucharest city centre

The distance from Bucharest airport to city centre is 18 km (11 miles).

By Taxi

In the airport, taxis can be called by using the touch screen computer (called Dispecerat Automatizat Taxi) available next to the Taxi Desk (Taxi la Comanda). We advise you to not accept rides from drivers who might approach you inside or in front of the terminal, you will risk to be overcharged. Taxi rates can vary - from 1.39 which is most common to 3.5 RON/km, roughly equivalent to between 0.3 and 1 Euro/km. A taxi ride from the airport to Bucharest can cost between 40 lei (9 Euro) and 100 lei (22 Euro).

By shuttle


By bus

Express Bus 783 offers daily service to the city centre, with stops at Baneasa Airport, Piata Presei Libere, Piata Victoriei, Piata Romana, Piata Universitatii and Piata Unirii.

Bus 783 leaves from the Arrivals terminal every 15 to 20 minutes (every 40 minutes between 10:00p.m. and 6:00 a.m.). The journey to the city centre takes approximately 40 minutes.

To travel you will need a public transportation card (called Activ Card) available from the RATB ticket booth in the arrivals terminal or next to the bus stop (an Activ Card costs 3.7 RON/1 Euro, and you will need to charge the cost for one trip, which is 3.5 RON/0.8 Euro). You must validate your Activ card as you board the bus.

By train

You can take the train between the airport and Bucharest North Railway Station. You can reach the railway Airport Stop by shuttle buses departing from the Arrivals Terminal.

Tickets for the train/transfer bus are available at the ticket office located in the International Arrivals public area, and from all the railway station ticket offices. One ticket costs 6,8 lei (1.5 Euro). We only advise the train option if your hotel is located near the Bucharest North Railway Station, otherwise taxi, shuttle or bus options are more convenient and faster.

More info on transport to Bucharest city centre from the Henri Coanda airport.

Transport in Bucharest

You can use the following methods to travel in Bucharest:

Taxi is relatively cheap, however we strongly advise you to either call a taxi from registered companies or only stop taxis from registered companies on the city streets, to avoid being overcharged. All taxi cars have their price printed on the car, which varies between 1.39 and 3.5 RON. See a handy list of registered taxi companies with phone numbers. Note: to dial a taxi number from an international phone, please add 004021 and then the 4 digits taxi number such as 9494.

For information about public transportation in Bucharest please see the Romania tourism website.

7. Info and Tips

7.1 Money matters

The currency is the Romanian Leu (RON; plural Lei), which equals roughly to 0.25 USD and 0.22 Euro.

Euro and other foreign currencies are not accepted in Romania.

Most hotels and many restaurants and shops accept credit cards.

For cash withdrawals, there are ATMs in the Bucharest airport and throughout the city.

7.2 Visa Requirements

Citizens requiring no Visas

Citizens of most European countries, as well as United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need an entry visa to visit Romania for stays up to 90 (ninety) days, accumulated during a single or multiple visits within 180 days.

EU citizens can enter the country with their National Identity Card or a valid passport.

All overseas/ non-EU visitors require a valid passport to enter Romania.

Citizens requiring Visas or special conditions

Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter Romania, though special conditions may apply (e.g., they may be exempt from the visa requirement if holding diplomatic, service, or official passports).

To check whether you need a visa please go to and select the "Get Informed" tab on the left. Enter the required information regarding passport issuing country, type of passport, purpose of your visit to Romania and verify if a visa is needed.

Additional information on visa award conditions and application process are provided with the response.

Additional travel and visa information

8. Programme Committee

See the Programme Committee page.

Organizing Committee

Jacques Steyn
Jacques Steyn
Monash South Africa
Conference Co-Chair
Amalia Sabiescu
Loughborough University London
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.

IDIA2017 is the 10th International IDIA Conference.

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