Call for Papers by Access to Information Network-Africa (ATINA) for 2015 IFLA WLIC, Cape Town

ATINA, an IFLA Special Interest Group of development information professionals concerned with broadening effective access to information and knowledge for development in Africa, invites proposals for papers to be presented at its Open Session during the 2015 IFLA World Library and Information Congress/ 81th Annual Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 15-21 August 2015.


Mind the Gap! Bridging Information and Knowledge Gaps in Development and Transformation Programmes in Africa

Authors should address one or more of the following sub-themes, and use one or two relevant national, African or global policies/strategies to illustrative their findings and propositions. For gap analysis, please provide preliminary outlines of information/ knowledge gaps identified and indicate briefly how the analyzed instrument could be (or could have been) enhanced by inclusion of substantial information/knowledge dimensions to it or complemented by separate information/knowledge strategies. Authors addressing other sub-themes should also provide the various dimensions of their topics in a robust manner.



  • Illustrative knowledge and information gap/barrier analysis using past and present national or/and multilateral development strategies and policies


  • Information intensification in the implementation of programmes and projects: methods and success stories


  • Looking ahead – building on the access to information and knowledge provisions of the post-2015 development agenda


  • Designing information strategies and services for complementarity and synergy with development and transformation programmes at the local and national levels


Important Deadlines

30 January  

Submission of proposal (700 – 1000 words).

15 February  

Notification of acceptance/rejection of proposal.

15 April  

Submission of completed draft of paper, with a commitment to attend 2015 WLIC.

25 April  

Submission of presentation slides (“PowerPoint”).

Please email your proposal to
Abraham Azubuike
Convenor, ATINA Special Interest Group

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Please note

Every paper accepted must be presented in person by one of the authors at the IFLA WLIC in Cape Town, South Africa.


Authors are required to permit non-exclusive publication of papers chosen for this session on the IFLA website and digital repository, the IFLA Library under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Papers accepted but not presented in person at the conference will not be made available on the official conference website and will not be considered for nomination as a best paper of the conference.


All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.


Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.