mandag den 7. juli 2014

Call for Participation

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is more and more promoted as a driver and facilitator of economic growth and development in low and middle income countries. ICT for Development (ICT4D) though has mixed successes. Sustainability of solutions and usability respectively usefulness for the intended beneficiaries have been reported as causes. Participatory approaches to development have been proposed to address these causes. Participatory Design (PD) seems like a perfect fit. However, at the Participatory Design Conferences, research that addresses PD in low and middle income countries is rare. The workshop aims at bringing together the PD researchers working with under-privileged communities and attracting researchers from the ICT4D communities to the PD conference. The goal is to share experiences and start a discussion on how participation, ICT and development might relate.

Read more about why "Participation for Development" at the Participatory Design Conference 


Purpose and Intended Outcome

The workshop is meant to be a discussion forum for researchers working with participatory approaches in the context of ICT4D. We aim at bringing together researchers working with participatory design in ICT4D projects and compare experiences with Participation for Development. During the workshop, we plan to discuss how to promote the discussion on ‘Participation for Development’ in connection with the PD community and conference. This could e.g. be in form of a special issue for one of the relevant journals or an edited volume. 

How to participate

You are invited to submit a position paper of up to 5 pages. 
We especially encourage the presentation of concrete projects. 
Please, highlight the way the intended beneficiaries and other stakeholders contributed to the project and reflect on the dimensions of development - e.g. human, economical, and/or technical did benefit from the participation.
If your project didn't take a participatory approach, this fact and its implications could be subject to the position paper. 
If your project is still in a planning phase, feel free to map out the intended participation.

Position papers are submitted through the easychair website:

Important Dates

22 July   Submission deadline for position papers
28 July   Communication of acceptance
5 Aug     Early registration

5 Oct      Workshop


Organising Committee

Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, ydi(*)
Retha De La Harpe, Cape Peninsula Univ. of Tech., South Africa, DeLaHarpeR(*)
Mikko Korpela, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Finland, mikko.korpela(*)
Gertrudes Macueve, Univ. Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique, gertrum(*)
Rahel Bekele, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, rahtesf(*)
Jens Kaasbøll, University of Oslo, Norway, jensj(*)