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[liberationtech] FW: Call for Papers (Abstracts) Community Informatics and the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)

michael gurstein gurstein at
Sat May 25 01:16:26 PDT 2013

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Call for Papers: Special Issue –

Community Informatics and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The Journal of Community Informatics (

Abstract submissions due June 15, 2013

Full papers due September 1, 2013

Anticipated publication date February 1, 2014


The international peer-reviewed Journal of Community Informatics
( is a medium for the communication of research of
interest to a global network of academics, community informatics
practitioners and national and multilateral policy makers. A special issue
of the journal will be devoted to examining the relationship between
Community Informatics and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Community Informatics (CI) is the study and practice of enabling communities
and the grassroots to improve their lives through Information and
Communications Technologies (ICTs). This special issue will focus on how
community-based use of ICTs can contribute to both the achievement of
specific MDG targets and the development of the post-2015 global development
agenda. The issue is expected to be published in early 2014 and thus provide
inputs to ongoing discussions on the finalization of a new global
development agenda.  


Call for papers

The field of Community Informatics seeks to explore the potential of ICTs
and their applications for social and economic development  at the community
level. It particularly seeks to ensure that marginalized individuals and
communities can benefit

from  the opportunities that ICTs can provide. Active and meaningful
participation by people at the community/grassroots level is arguably one
critical element for the successful achievement of the MDGs – and any other
development priorities, for that matter. As demonstrated in different parts
of the world, ICTs enable the participation of people and give voice to the

For this special issue, we are inviting original, unpublished research,
points of view, case studies, reviews and field notes. All research papers
will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Insights and analytical perspectives
from practitioners and policy makers in the form of notes from the field or
case studies are also encouraged.  These will not be peer-reviewed but will
be assessed as to their suitability for publication.


Expected topics in this special issue include:

1.            National and local policies needed to foster synergies between
CI and the MDGs

2.            Local government, CI and ICTs: how to create a sound ecosystem
for development and MDG achievement?

3.            Enabling communities to participate in local MDG decision
making processes via ICTs

4.            CI and access to information and open data related to MDG
development priorities

5.            CI and local participation strategies to meet MDGs 

6.            CI and social inclusion of groups targeted in MDGs

7.            CI and local MDG related capacity development: can ICTs close
or widen the gap?

8.            The potential role for CI  in the post-2015 global development

9.            Assessing the empirical evidence on  the role of community
ICTs in the MDGs to date


And specifically related to individual MDG targets:

10.          Using community-based ICTs to address extreme poverty and

11.          CI approaches to achieving universal primary education;

12.          CI contributions to  the promotion of gender equality and
women's empowerment

13.          CI influence to in the elimination of child mortality and
achievement of maternal health

14.          CI approaches to combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

15.          CI and environmental sustainability

16.          CI as a component of national and regional health information

17.          CI and Environmental Sustainability

18.          CI contributions to developing global MDG partnerships


Special Issue Editors:

Charles Dhewa – CEO, Knowledge Transfer Africa (Pvt) Ltd,
charles at / charlesdhewa7 at


Jude Genilo – Head, Media Studies and Journalism Department, University of
Liberal Arts Bangladesh, jude.genilo at / jgenilo at


Raul Zambrano – Cluster Leader, Senior Policy Advisor, ICTD and
e-governance, UNDP, raul at 


Chris Zielinski – CEO, International Alliance on Information for All,
chris at 


Special Issue Assistant

Michel Castagné – castagne at


Abstracts should be sent to the Assistant castagne at no later
than June 30, 2013.  

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