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WITFOR 2016 - Call for Papers



12-14 September 2016


WITFOR investigates successful ICT strategies in developing countries and examines different initiatives and projects on effective, context sensitive development and use of ICT applications. It is intended to:

i) Help to put ICT-enabled development initiatives on the agenda of different organizations, governmental bodies, and groups currently involved in ICT.

ii) Work with different groups to ensure that senior policy makers and political leaders are aware of the developmental potential of ICT and promote its diffusion and sustainable effective use.

iii) Assist international organizations and donor agencies to include issues of the spread of ICT and access to information into their loan and funding programs and be more pro-active in using new technologies to reduce existing social tensions and conflicts.

iv) Encourage scholars, analysts and researchers to put the issue of digital equity higher on their research agendas.

v) Encourage industrialized nations, as individuals and groups, to listen to and learn from colleagues around the world about their unique concerns over access to ICT.

vi) Develop guidelines on these issues and advise governments, to formulate and follow the best strategy for the use of ICT in order to achieve global ICT-equity.


WITFOR 2016 will be held in San José, Costa Rica, in collaboration with the Costa Rican Public Universities, under the overarching theme of ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment.

In particular, WITFOR 2016 intends to bring together members of the ICT community from governments, academia, industry and associations, to discuss recent proposals aimed to reach the sustainable development goals, promoted by the United Nations, in order to improve global conditions by reducing poverty and hunger, achieving universal education, promoting gender equality, ensuring environmental sustainability, combating diseases, and reducing mortality.

The conference goals will be pursued through technical sessions as well as keynote speeches on important topics. The technical sessions will refer to the following main areas:

a) ICT and cross-cutting development issues, involving human, environmental and economic development problems:

ICT and climate change

ICT and sustainable energy

ICT and employment

Digital divide


E-readiness and ICT impact

Smart cities


b) ICT and human development problems:

ICT and poverty

ICT and food security

ICT and health