CPRafrica 2011 : Convergence

The second CPRafrica took place on 15 – 19 April 2011 in association with the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

CPRafrica 2011 presentations available on the publications page.                                                                                                                                   

Introduction  

Communication Policy Research Africa (CPRafrica) intends to encourage intellectual endeavour and research in the area of ICT policy and regulation in Africa through the creation of a forum in which African academics and researchers can engage on and profile their research and contribute to global debates from an African perspective. The overall objective is to nurture policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts. The conference provides a forum for senior, junior and mid-career change scholars to meet face-to-face and exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work for publication. The long-term objective is to foster the next generation of active scholars and local experts capable of contributing to good ICT policy and regulation in the region. The structure of the conference will offer researchers the opportunity to discuss their research on ICT regulation and policy in Africa and the South more generally, with a policy-oriented, international audience and obtain useful feedback.


Organising and Selection Committee

Dr Lishan Adam, Dr.Tracy Cohen, Dr. Kammy Naidoo, Prof Arsene Kouadio and Prof. Tim Waema and Prof. Alison Gillwald, Prof. Rohan Samarajiva (LIRNEasia) Prof. Roxanna Barrantez (DIRSI) Prof Leo van Audenhove (EuroCPR) and Dr. Martha Garcia-Murillo (TPRC).

Participants

The conference is designed to accommodate 21 paper presenters over the course of two and a half days, and the audience will be made up of 50 scholars involved in the field of ICT policy and regulation, broadly defined, including 15 Young Scholars.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for papers on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in Africa or relevant to Africa may be submitted for review and acceptance. Abstracts are due on 19 November 2010.
Proposed sessions include:
  • Convergence
  • Content
  • Comparative studies of ICT readiness
  • Data and methods for research on ICTs
  • Governance of ICT and ICT for governance
  • Telecom/broadcasting policy
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Internet governance
  • ICT markets and competition
  • National and regional innovation systems
  • Participation in ICTs: demand side studies
  • Regulation: Spectrum allocation, interconnection, licensing
  • Policy: institutional arrangements, market structure, infrastructure extension
  • Market innovation, competition and disruption
  • Telecom operator strategies in emerging economies
The actual program will depend on the papers received. The organisers reserve the right to combine topics and to not offer sessions for which sufficient high-quality submissions are not received.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted to aallem@researchICTafrica.net by or before 19 November 2010 and must contain the following:
  • the title of the paper,
  • your name and contact information,
  • an abstract of the paper (no more than 1500 words)
  • a curriculum vita of no more than a page.
The document must be named CPRafrica_Abstract&Bio_YourLastName.
Notification of acceptance of the proposed paper on the basis of the abstract will be e-mailed on or before 8 November 2010. Authors must submit their papers for review by 21 January 2011. No papers will be accepted after this date. The conference organiser reserve the right to reject the paper if it does not conform to the abstract or academic standards.
They will received the reviewer's comments by 18 February 2011, and will be required to complete their revisions by 18 March 2011. The papers will be accepted after this date.

Review Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Clarity of the thesis or the research finding
  • Policy and regulatory relevance
  • Novelty, significance, and importance to the CPRafrica community
  • Adequacy of methods and analysis
  • Quality of writing
Please note: Only the authors whose papers that are delivered by the 21 January 2011 deadline AND who meet the quality standard will be allowed to present their papers at the conference and have their travel funded. Others may attend the event at their own expense or if they have applied for and satisfied the criteria for selection as Young Scholars.

Funding

Selected presenters will be provided with least-cost travel to and from Nairobi, Kenya, accommodation and a per diem for the duration of the conference. All incidental costs will have to be borne by the participants. Those who are able to receive institutional support to attend are requested to do so.

Downloads

CPRafrica Authors Guidelines
Policy Brief Template
Delegates Information Pack

Opening speech
Conference Programme
Dinner Programme

Key dates

Call for Abstracts out: Friday 8 October 2010
Abstracts due: Friday 19 November 2010
Review of abstracts w/c: 22 November 2010
Final selection: 26 November 2010
Notification of acceptance: Monday 29 November 2010
First drafts due: Friday 21 January 2011
Reviewer feedback due: Friday 18 February 2011
Final drafts due: Friday 18 March 2011
Post to website: Monday 21 March 2011
Young Scholars Tutorials: 15 and 16 April 2011
Opening Dinner: 17 April 2011
Conference: 18 and 19 April 2011
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