About IFIP W.G 9.4

Officially designated as Working Group 9.4 of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) the group has the following aims and scope.


  1. To collect, exchange and disseminate experiences of developing countries;
  2. To develop a consciousness amongst professionals, policy makers and public on social implications of computers in developing nations;
  3. To develop criteria, methods, and guidelines for design and implementation of culturally adapted information systems;
  4. To create a greater interest in professionals from industrialized countries to focus on issues of special relevance to developing countries through joint activities with other Technical Committees.

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About the 2019 Conference:

With the proliferation of ICT related projects to support development, the southern countries are now emerging as important innovators and actors in the global development and adoption of ICT for the community and economic growth. A good example can be seen with how Kenya has been leading the world with mobile payment for several years. The mobile payment (such as Mpesa and Airtel money) has supported micro financing services and transformed economic activities and lives within the local communities. Such effect offers an exciting setting for reverse innovation whereby lessons learned in ICT4D could offer rich insights for IS research in general. Furthermore, strengthening a southern-driven cooperation promotes ICT initiatives and research carried for, in and by developing countries.

The conference theme of “Strengthening Southern-driven cooperation as a catalyst for ICT4D” seeks to stimulate and encourage critical discussions on the different facets of Southern-driven cooperation, its promises, potential, for creating a better world, and the challenges we face in achieving the promised potential.Grounded by Geoff Walsham’s question, ‘Are we making a better world with technology?’ (Walsham, 2012); the conference will aim at offering context-rich theories, methodologies and practical guidance on the use of ICT’s to empower local communities.

About the hosts (UDSM and UiO):

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway has been chosen to host the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 9.4 conference in 2019.

The College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT) is amongst the core academic units of the UDSM main campus. UDSM is the oldest and largest public university in Tanzania. The CoICT was established to address the increasing demand of ICT experts in the country by strengthening the University’s teaching, research and public service in the ICT-related disciplines through a more efficient utilization of the available human and physical resources. The College is located at Kijitonyama Campus along Alli Hassan Mwinyi road about five kilometers from the UDSM Main campus (Mwalimu Nyerere Campus). click here for more information about COICT

The Information Systems group at the Department of Informatics (IFI) at the University of Oslo (UiO) is interested in understanding and influencing the evolution of large-scale, complex information infrastructures, through empirical analysis and design interventions. The Department of Informatics (IFI) was a pioneer offering the very first lectures within computer science in Norway. click here for more information about IFI


Walsham, Geoff. (2012).” Are we making a better world with ICTs? Reflections on a future agenda for the IS field”. Journal of Information Technology, 27(2), 87-93.