Call for Papers

Access to Information Network - Africa (ATINA) Special Interest Group

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

Access to Information Network - Africa (ATINA) 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.

Session theme

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

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Submission of proposal (700 - 1000 words)
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words

Important Deadlines

30 January 2015  

Submission of proposal (700 - 1000 words)

15 February 2015 

Notification of acceptance/rejection of proposal

15 April 2015

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

25 April 2015

Submission of presentation slides ("PowerPoint")

Please email your proposal before 30 January 2015 to:

Abraham Azubuike
Convenor, ATINA Special Interest Group

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All proposals must be in before 30 January 2015.

Please note

At least one of the paper's authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Cape Town. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2015 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Author Form.

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.

Last update: 15 January 2015