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Track12: ICT and Sustainable Global Development

Track Chairs

Alina M. Chircu, Bentley University, United States of America,
Cathy Urquhart, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom,
Neels Kruger, University of Pretoria, South Africa,


Information and communication technology (ICT) has long been promoted as a solution for overcoming economic, social and human development differences between and within countries. Research on ICT and development (ICTD) has become over time an important branch of the information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) scholarly landscape. Many of these developments have been associated with the SIG GlobDev special interest group on ICT and Global Development of the Association on Information Systems (AIS) and its associated annual workshops, conference mini-tracks, and specialized journals such as Information Technology for Development, Information Technologies and International Development, and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. During the past few years, SIG GlobDev has enjoyed a robust growth in members, reaching over 230 members from over 50 countries (both developed and developing) by the end of 2011.

The  “ICT AND SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT” track invites diverse and high-quality contributions on ICT in development from both emerging and established researchers from around the world. Following in the footsteps of several successful AMCIS mini-tracks and pre-AMCIS and pre-ICIS workshops, the track will continue to provide a forum for discussion of scholarly work on the diffusion and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in and for development around the world, with a specific focus on sustainability of both business models and technologies employed in the process. Papers exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of ICTs in developing regions and the design of sustainable ICTs and related programs are welcome. We are especially interested in ICT applications involving SMEs, government, healthcare, and education initiatives, as well as in conditions for sustainable development, economic and legal frameworks, measurement of costs and benefits (including environmental, economic and human dimensions), and ICT innovations for sustainability .

The track invites submission of papers showcasing completed research and research-in-progress that contribute to the theory and practice of ICTs in and for development. The track is open to submissions employing a variety of research approaches and methodologies.

Papers should conform to the rules of the ECIS 2013 conference. Authors of selected track papers will be invited to submit their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of Information Technology for Development (ITD).  

Topics of interest

  • ICT applications involving SMEs, government, healthcare, and education initiatives
  • Conditions for sustainable development through ICTs
  • Economic and legal frameworks for ICTD
  • The economic, social and environmental impacts of ICTs in developing regions
  • Measurement of ICTD costs and benefits (including environmental, economic and human dimensions)
  • ICT innovations for sustainability

Associate Editors

Annika Andersson, Örebro University, Sweden 
Jyoti Choudrie, University of Hertfordshire, UK  
Antonio Diaz Andrade, Auckland University of Technology, New Zeeland
Marlene Holmner, University of Pretoria, South Africa 
Nicolau Reinhard, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Satya Prakash Saraswat, Bentley University, USA
Sherif Kamel, The American University in Cairo