2020 Conference Tracks and Formats

Tracks and Formats for the 12th ICT4D Conference

The ICT4D Conference Organizing Committee accepted abstract submissions on the following key sectors. The selection committees are now reviewing submissions and the draft agenda will be posted in early 2020.

We are still accepting applications for the Water Security, WASH and Resource Management track.

Areas of focus to include:

  • Water in sustainable landscapes, including technologies that look across watersheds to evaluate stream flows, soil moisture, vegetative cover, water balance outcomes, water-smart and climate-smart agriculture, land restoration for water, etc.
  • WASH in humanitarian and development ICT will address the health space and encompass WASH in health care facilities, WASH in schools, community WASH, and all emergency interventions, including both protracted and sudden onset crises, as well as mitigation interventions that address climate change and disaster preparedness.
  • Water finance and governance covers ICT related to mobile money, water system efficiency (e.g. leak detection or metering), digital banking related to water, improved governance scorecards, etc.


Please view the tabs below for more details of other tracks and areas to be covered for 2020.

  • Using digital tools to integrate point or bundled services with value chains (advice, weather, finance, etc)
  • Measuring impact and gross margins at the field level with farmers
  • Blending digital learning in agriculture with other learning methods and tools
  • Tools to enable farmers to adapt to climate change
  • How farmer organizations are using digital tools to manage production, markets and risk
  • Big Data for evidence-based approaches to digital agriculture at scale – learning from failures to enhance chances of success
  • Supporting smallholder farmers and engaging young farmers
  • Innovation in use of drones/UAV and guidelines for regulatory frameworks
  • Platforms to disintermediate agricultural supply chains
Digital Diversity ( Disability and Gender)
  • Opportunities to create and collaborate on work to leverage technology for people with disabilities
    • Using data to understand issues faced by people with disabilities
  • Technology as an enabler to digital empowerment and bridging of digital divisions: mitigating tendency for technology to reinforce existing power imbalances and inequalities
    • Audit of tools in terms of gender and inclusion before they are deployed
    • Tools and approaches to increase the role of women in open source community and partnerships
    • Ethical AI – engaging and developing tools with girls in mind
  • Human and people centered design as the main trend to improve inclusivity in ICT4D and the application of the Principles for Digital Development
  • Making online world a more equal, safe and inclusive place for everyone
Digital Financial Inclusion (DFI)
  • Transition from pilot to towards collaboration on solutions at scale with lasting and meaningful impact
  • Using Human/People Centered Design and the Principles for Digital Development to approach DFI and digital empowerment of women and  underserved populations
  • Tools and skills for basic digital and financial literacy
  • DFI for smallholder farmers
    Digital infrastructure to support DFI – connectivity, power/electricity, liquidity, agent networks
  • Making the value proposition compelling for the user
  • Emerging technologies to support DFI – blockchain, AI/ML, cloud based
  • Digitizing traditional financial systems
  • Multilateral engagement and collaboration with the private sector
Digital Development in Nigeria

We particularly welcome submissions from Nigerian-based organizations and individuals highlighting meaningful and practical examples of ICT4D across any of the themes for the 12thICT4D Conference.

Education and Digital Literacy
  • ICT solutions to support displaced people
  • Evaluation and monitoring tools
  • Exploring critical success and failure factors in ICT4D in Ed at scale up, user experience
  • IT training and digital literacy
  • Exploring the design/intervention relationship
Health and Nutrition
  • Digital tools for improved service delivery
  • Artificial intelligence: advances, uses and potential
  • Health supply chain management – critical link in achieving health outcomes: perspectives, challenges and trends.
  • ICT4D and SBC: How do end-users interact with ICT (social media, online communities, digital storytelling, phone prompts) which change behaviours
  • Lessons from success and failure in regional, cross border and horizontal collaboration with other sectors and actors
  • Big data for evidence of impact at scale.
  • Training and capacity building for Social Services and Healthcare Workers in responsible data and technology use
  • Applications of standardization and principles to digital health programs
  • Emerging technologies in healthcare and community setting
  • Health Information Systems architecture
  • Digital health strategies, governance structures and emerging best practices
Humanitarian Response and Resilience
  • Building ethical field skills in collection and management of responsible data
  • Ways how humanitarians can engage with users/communities better and build shared ownership in local versions with digital technology
    • How to give credit to people who are living the crisis we are trying to mitigate
    • Tools - social media, online volunteering, crowd sourcing, collective intelligence, citizen generated data, role of platforms
  • Emerging tools in near real time analytics (and rise of platforms & AI)
    • AI/ML platforms which demonstrate an impact to make informed and effective decisions
  • Multi-sectoral coordination of connectivity digital tools and energy access.
    • Minimising duplication and replication of by federal and other actors
  • Ethical data collection and management
    • How to do work without doing digital harm?
Responsible Data and Information Security
  • Building training into project design how to collect, use and manage data responsibly
  • Approaches, guidelines and good practices for applying responsible data to international development work
  • How to balance data transparency with data privacy
  • Informed consent
  • GDPR and how to establish data sharing and controls on the wider distribution of data
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Data privacy as a human right
  • Inclusive training and skills development for empowering underserved groups to manage digital footprints
  • Digital Identity – issues and ownership
Supply Chain
  • Beneficiary and inventory data
  • Use of systems to standardize and improve process flow
  • Fleet and transportation management, information systems, and how these are deployed/managed in different operational/sectoral settings
  • Local markets and technology
  • Knowledge management and smart data use challenges and opportunities
  • Data enabled corruption mitigation
Water Security (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene and Resource Management)
  • Water in sustainable landscapes
  • WASH in humanitarian and development contexts
  • Improving water finance and governance


Plus, sessions will cover ICT4D tools and data-centric themes including:

3D Printing, 5G, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning , Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Big Data , Biometrics, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Connectivity, Digital Identity, Digital Services, Drones/UAVs , GIS / Mapping, Internet of Things, Mobile Devices, Open Data, Power, Principles for Digital Development, Privacy and Data Protection, Remote Sensing/Satellite Imagery, Smart Systems, Social Media, User-centric design, Data Visualization.



Speakers will be selected with reference to the following criteria:


  • Exceptional innovation in ICT4D
  • Practical and meaningful lessons learned
  • Credibility and experience of the presenter and/or organization
  • Clarity of the submitted abstract
  • Relevance of abstract to conference themes
  • Verifiable results and impact of the program/project
  • Extent to which the program/project is replicable and scalable
  • Diversity of speaker or program end users: this includes but is not limited to gender, age, previous participation as a speaker, region speaker is based


Conference track session formats will include:

40 minute presentations or case studies (including 10 minutes for Q&A)

20 minute presentations or case studies (to be grouped in themes with time for Q&A)

40 minute pre formed panel discussions

40 minute panel discussions arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee

40 minute interactive/knowledge exchange sessions

40 minute training sessions

The conference sessions run in 40 or 90 minute periods between 11:30-16:45 each conference day. Formats are either solo presentations, panels or interactive group discussions on a range of topics. We will select formats that are highly practical and demonstrate meaningful innovation in ICT4D in addition to meeting our other selection criteria.

10 minute Demonstration Stage presentations

The ICT4D Demonstration Stage is a live, interactive showcase of cutting-edge applications and innovation in ICT4D. You will have the opportunity to see demonstrations as presenters are challenged to explain the key features and benefits of their offerings in a bite-sized 8-10 minute presentations.

Roundtable discussions arranged by the ICT4D Conference Committee

These informal small group discussions will run throughout the three conference days in the Exhibition area. Roll your sleeves up, brainstorm and share ideas with session leaders on a range of challenges and opportunities in ICT4D

Post conference workshop sessions – full or half day

Practical and hands on, these sessions help build ICT4D skills and knowledge base.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The ICT4D Conference Organizing Committee