Volume 11, No. 1, April 2001
Development: New Opportunities, Perspectives & Challenges
May 29-31, 2002
First Call For Papers
Early encounters of DCs with ICTs were characterized by uncertainty of meeting with an unfamiliar or alien tool and were distinguished by rare successes and apprehensions of increasing the developmental divide. Subsequently, as greater consensus emerged on the potential of these technologies, the focus was one of localizing associated methodologies and work practices. Increasingly, however, the potential for enablement and participation in new economic and governmental systems is visible. Some of these have been in terms of opportunities for DCs provided by new economies for which the Conference City of Bangalore with its cluster of software service providers and global software companies is a well-publicized example. At a micro level, ICTs are providing opportunities for individuals and small firms to participate in economies at a local or larger scale.
ICTs, in addition, provide the unique potential to enable and sustain communicative participatory processes at global and local levels. Increasing access to information and communication media has often enabled small groups and individuals to be heard on global debates and forums. They have enabled small cultural and ethnic groups to overcome disadvantages of physical distance. At a more local level they are enabling creation of a virtual ‘public place’ wherein effective democratic processes of public participation can take place. For instance, in many DCs, local government authorities are actively considering using ICTs as a means to catalyze initiatives towards democratic decentralization and the empowerment of citizens to participate in the process of design and delivery of civic services. These attempts of using ICTs are part of a broader agenda of democratic reform in local governance and typically include a number of other initiatives such as the formation of decentralized committees, reforms in systems of administration and privatization of civic services.
On the other hand, many of the old challenges in terms of inappropriate focus and resource allocation remain. The cost of missed opportunities is also increasing. Limitations of existing structures and decision-making processes at higher levels, in conjunction with greater demands placed on them, increase the risk of a reverse spiral of enlarging deprivation. Addressing these challenges is an essential part of the ongoing debate. We aim to address these issues and also the evident tension that exists for DCs as they try to balance global and local priorities through the adoption and use of ICTs.
This conference, therefore, aims to examine the new opportunities, perspectives and challenges provided by ICTs for DCs in terms of the following sub themes:
Participation in global economic activity
Emergence of new organizational types
Local governance and socio-economic development
Submission: We are interested in receiving research papers, research-in-progress reports, case studies and proposals for tutorials and panel discussions, which fall within one or more of the conference themes.
Submissions should be sent to either of the two Conference and Programme Chairpersons:
S. Krishna, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. email@example.com
S. Madon, London School of Economics & Political Science. S.Madon@lse.ac.uk
The deadline for receipt of full papers is 31st August 2001 while the notification of acceptance of papers will be made by 31st December 2001. Camera Ready manuscript will be due from authors by 28th February 2002.