ACIST 2024 Call of Papers

10th ACIST, 2024

Theme: Human-Centredness in African Digital Futures  

Dates: 12-13 September 2024

Venue: Harare, Zimbabwe and/or Virtual

Local Organizer: Women’s University in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe (

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Submission Website: 

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Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and increasing uptake in Africa hold significant promise for socio-economic development. At the same time, it increases the need for African people to have control over how and when digital data and technologies about them are processed and used with a human-centred approach. At ACIST, we believe that there is a great danger for the increasing uptake of AI in Africa to push our people to the periphery. Such an imbalance of power in favour of digital technology can create a range of both societal and economic problems, and the best way to address these is an approach which places Africans in the centre.

In an era of unprecedented strides in digital innovation, ACIST 2024 seeks to explore how and why a human-centred approach can and does ensure the well-being of African people. How can we think and act in such a manner that the ultimate aim of any digital innovation is to make African lives happier? What should African businesses, governments and individuals be doing to make modern digital resources become more efficient and productive for our people. How can we use scientific research to inform and persuade African states and development partners to implement what the United Nations calls Human Rights Based Approach to digital transformation? These are few critical questions reminding us to keep African people in the centre of digital innovation.

The conference theme, Human Centredness in African Digital Futures, is therefore meant to help us envision an African future where digital technology delivers outcomes such as development in freedom, improved life quality, equitable progress, and pan-African access to food, housing, education and health. ACIST will bring together a diverse cohort of scholars to forge a collective path toward an African future where its people are digitally empowered with realized human aspirations. By cultivating a shared understanding of our roles in digital innovation, the conference endeavours to chart a course where African digital futures are not solely focused on technical capabilities, but should also consider ethical, social, and cultural implications

In this 10th edition of ACIST, we are inviting scholars and practitioners to share ideas, based on research, about Human Centredness in African Digital Futures from many different theoretical, philosophical, policy and practical perspectives.

We invite you to participate in ACIST 2024 by submitting completed papers, research-in-progress papers or posters, position papers, panel discussion topics, and exhibition posters on topics which include, but are not limited to, the following:

       Digital Innovation

       Artificial intelligence technologies

       Sustainable (Green) ICTs

       ICT and Organisational Structuring

       Smart Devices and Mobile Ecosystems

       Smart Networks and Collaborations

       Information Systems Strategy

       Digital Society, Knowledge and Identity

       Digital Platform and Smartness

       Ubiquitous and pervasive computing

       Big Data and Business Intelligence

       Cloud and Smart Computing

       Smart Cities & Wireless Communications

       Smart Collaborations & Crowdsourcing

       Digital transformation

       Information and Computer Security 

       ICT Curriculum and Education

       Philosophy & Methods in IS Research

       ICT and Social Inclusion/Exclusion

       Decision Support Systems

       Human Behavior and ICT

       ICT-Enabled Services


Paper submissions will be subjected to double-blind reviews by at least two Programme Committee members. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings with ISSN 2467-8988; and will be considered for further review and publication in the African Journal of Information Systems (


12-13 September 2024

Conference Days

14th May 2024

Call for Submissions

5thJul 2024

Deadline for Submission of Full Papers, Research-in-Progress Posters, Panel Discussion Topics, Exhibition Requests

12th Aug 2024

Notification of acceptance or rejection of Full Papers, Research-in-Progress Posters, Panel Discussion Topics, Exhibition Request

26th Aug 2024

Deadline for submission of Camera-ready Papers


Conference Committee

Gamel Wiredu

Conference Co-Chair

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana

Sam Takavarasha Jr.

Conference Co-Chair

Women's University in Africa, Zimbabwe

Casper Chigwedere

Local Organizing Chair

Women's University in Africa, Zimbabwe

Wallace Chigona

Programme Chair

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Irwin Brown

Publications and Proceedings Chair

University of Cape Town, South Africa


Programme Committee

Atta A. Addo

University of Surrey, UK

Joseph Adjei

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana

Salehu Anteneh

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Kofi Boateng

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana

Irwin Brown

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Joseph Budu

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana

John Effah

University of Ghana, Ghana

Salah Kabanda

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Bennett Kankuzi

Malawi University of Science & Technology, Malawi

Lemma Lessa

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Peter Meso

Florida Gulf State University, USA

Solomon Negash

Kennesaw State University, USA

Sam Takavarasha Jr.

Women’s University of Africa, Zimbabwe

Gamel Wiredu

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana




Local Organising Committee

Casper Chigwedere

Women’s University in Africa

Cross Gombiro

University of Zimbabwe

Fine Masimba

Catholic University of Zimbabwe

Unice Goshomi

Women’s University in Africa

Theo Tsokota

Midlands State University

Tavengwa Masamha

Chinhoyi University of Technology

Lucy Sakala

Bindura University of Science Education

Gilford Hapanyengwi

Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education

Weston Govere

Arrupe Jesuit University

Sibusisiwe Dube

National University of Science and Technology

Jeremiah Musariwa

Women’s University in Africa

Jaqueline Kiwa

Chinhoyi University of Technology

Rachael Chikoore

Harare Institute of Technology

Colletta Chipfumba-Kangara

Midlands State University

Clopas Kwenda

Great Zimbabwe University

Ivy Marima

Great Zimbabwe University