Date: 2015-01-06
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Subject: Call for Papers: Second Covenant University Conference on E-Governance in Nigeria

Second Covenant University Conference on E-Governance in Nigeria (CUCEN2015), Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria, June 10-12


Theme: E-Governance in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Civic Engagement and Participation


The information revolution, in conjunction with the unprecedented diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs), has been widely hailed as “Africa’s revolution.” Optimism about the contributions of ICTs to African development is most pervasive in the context of governance. The expectation is that these technologies will enhance the capacity of state institutions to bridge the gap between political leaders and the governed. This has resulted in many “e-governance” or “e-government” projects and programs in many African countries. However, for many, e-governance is understood as the presence of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) on static and stale websites.


Nigeria presents an interesting case for an understanding of e-governance in Africa because of its vast population, increased ICT diffusion and the equally high level of corruption in government practices in the country.


These are the issues that prompted the establishment of the annual Covenant University conference on E-Governance in Nigeria (CUCEN). The Conference is organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations and facilitated by Prof. Patience Akpan-Obong of Arizona State University.


CUCEN provides a platform for academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss these issues from various perspectives with the specific purpose of bridging theory and practice and strategizing pathways toward effective utilization of ICTs for good governance, civic engagement and participation particularly in the context of emerging democracies. 


You are therefore invited to submit your abstracts or panel proposals. We are particularly interested in theoretical, research and policy papers that explore the multiple dimensions of e-governance. Conference sub-themes include but are not limited to the following:


§  Nature and conceptualization of e-governance

§  Pathways and directions in understanding government processes in the age of ICTs

§  Civic engagement and political participation in an ICT-infused society

§  Costs and benefits of e-governance in service delivery in developing country contexts

§  The status and nature of e-governance

§  e-Governance and sustainable development

§  Challenges of e-governance implementation in Nigeria

§  ICT and political representation in Nigeria

§  Socio-political implications of e-governance for stakeholders in  a developing-country context

§  Technology-enabled service availability and operation of MDAs in Nigeria.

§  The economics and business of e-Government in Nigeria

§  Application of ICTs as anti-corruption tools in Nigeria

§  Data interoperability and Identity management in Nigeria

§  Metadata management and governance in Nigeria

§  Trust and cyber security issues in Nigeria


Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be submitted through our online submission portal (http://cucen.covenantuniversity.edu.ng) not later than January 31, 2015. The abstract should include the following information: Background of the topic. Summary of the research/case study. Methodology/data. Contribution to understanding of e-governance in Nigeria. Author(s) of accepted abstracts will be notified by February 20, 2015.


Complete Papers of 5,000-7,000 words must be submitted by March 20, 2015. Each paper will undergo a double-blind review process. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by April 10, 2015 and given the opportunity to revise their papers (where applicable) for a final submission by May 24, 2015. Please visit the conference website for additional conference and paper submission information:  http://cucen.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/


You may also contact the conference facilitator, Dr. Patience Akpan-Obong, at patience.akpan@asu.edu



Patience Akpan-Obong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Society

Faculty of Social Sciences

College of Letters and Sciences

Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus

7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall  - MC 2780

Mesa, AZ 85212-6415


Phone: (480)727-1489; Fax: 480-727-1671

E-Mail: Patience.Akpan@asu.edu






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