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Theme: Information Systems & Technology Innovation for a Digital Africa

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Dates : 5th & 6th July 2016
Venue : Executive Conference Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana
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Digital Africa requires innovation in information systems and technology (IST) that can be exploited by businesses, governments and individuals to accelerate the digitization of their activities and processes. Innovation in IST enables the digitization of activities and processes that holds considerable promise for socio-economic advancement of Africa.

Digitization is the socio-technical process of applying digitizing techniques across industries and contexts in ways that affect and shape their underlying infrastructures. This process enables more efficient and effective creation, storage and distribution of content, applications and services as witnessed in industries such as television, journalism, banking, education and book publishing. Businesses, governments and people of Africa stand to benefit greatly from swifter delivery of products and services at lower costs through digital innovation.

The 2016 edition of ACIST aims to facilitate the achievement of digital Africa. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and educators in IST to present research and development works and share ideas that enhance innovation and application of IST in Africa. Thus, it seeks to promote the right combination of digital innovation in IST and conventional African wisdom.

ACIST 2016 is calling for completed papers, research-in-progress papers or posters, position papers, panel discussion topics, and exhibition posters on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Digital Innovation Technology and Applications Convergence
IT and Organisational Structuring Big Data and Business Intelligence
Internet and IS Development Business Process Outsourcing
IT and Development Social Networks and Digital Collaborations
Ubiquitous Computing IT in the Oil and Gas Industry
Cloud Computing IS and Competitive Advantage
Public Sector IT Projects Digital Society, Knowledge and Identity
Information Systems Management Information and Computer Security
IT & IS Curriculum and Education            Decision Support Systems
Wireless Communications Economics and Value of Digitization
Research Methods and Philosophy Human Behaviour and IT
IT-Enabled Services E-Government and E-Business Systems




Submission Guidelines

ACIST seeks original papers and exhibits that demonstrate high levels of innovation.

Papers must not exceed 7,000 words (2,500 words for work-in-progress papers) in length or 14 pages (4 pages for work-in-progress papers), including abstract, figures, references and appendices. Before submitting your paper, please ensure that it has been carefully read for typographical and grammatical errors. Papers will be returned if the standard of English is not considered to be good enough for review. Papers should be submitted through the submission system at: 

Papers can be produced in any PC or MAC version of Microsoft Word using Times New Roman font 11 pt for the main text. Set the pagesize to A4 with margins of 2.54cm (or 1 inch) all around. Please do not insert headers, footers, but insert page numbers that are centre-aligned at the bottom of every page. Do not refer to page numbers in your text as these may be changed. Do not use multiple columns.

Put the title of the paper in bold, left-aligned, at the top of the first page only. Then, on the next line put the names of the authors. Give first and last name, in that order. Do not use all caps. Where all authors are from the same institute, the following format should be used:


Institute, Town, Country

 Multiple authors from different institutions should appear as:

Lead Author1, Second Author2 and Third Author3
1The department, faculty and name of institute, Town, Country
2The department, faculty and name of institute, Town, Country

3The department, faculty and name of institute, Town, Country

Note: All author details will be removed before the review process.

 A 200-word abstract should follow.

Include up to 6 keywords or phrases

Do not use more than three levels of heading and use the following numbering convention:

1 Heading 1

1.1 Heading 2

1.1.1 Heading 3

The main body of the text should be in Times New Roman 11 point, single-spaced and fully justified. Please use normal capitalisation within the text and do not use bold face for emphasis. Italics are acceptable. All headings should use initial capitals only, excepting for use of acronyms.

You can include bulleted or numbered lists. Figures and tables should be placed as close to their reference point in the text as possible. All figures and tables must have titles and must be referenced from within the text. Avoid colour diagrams as the proceedings will be printed in black and white. Images must be inserted as picture files (.gif, .jpg, .bmp, .pct, .png, .psd). You may be asked to supply the pictures as separate files. 

 Please avoid the use of footnotes. Endnotes are not permitted and papers containing them will be returned. References should follow the APA (5th or 6th) referencing style.

 In addition to the general submission requirements, there are additional requirements for each submission type. These are identified below:

Additional Requirements: Completed Research Papers

Completed research papers should have completed analyses and documentation of results. Completed research papers should be similar to journal submissions, but shorter.

Review Criteria for Completed Research Papers:

  • Topic is relevant to a workshop theme
  • Objectives are clear and well-described
  • Paper is written clearly
  • Paper will draw an audience
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically
  • Literature review is appropriate
  • Methodology is appropriate
  • Analyses are appropriate
  • Evidence supports authors’ arguments
  • Paper makes a useful contribution 

 19b. Additional Requirements: Research-in-Progress Papers

Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is as yet incomplete, but promising. 

Accepted research-in-progress papers will be presented in an interactive format, as posters, during the workshop. Authors of accepted research-in-progress papers will be required to bring poster-size presentations (in LARGE TYPE format of roughly 36”x48”, or 91cm x 122cm) for display at their poster session.

Review Criteria for Research-in-Progress Papers:

  • Topic is relevant to a workshop theme.
  • Objectives are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is written clearly.
  • Paper will draw an audience.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology is appropriate (only if relevant).
  • Analyses are appropriate (only if relevant—many RIP papers may not yet have data to analyze).
  • Evidence supports authors’ arguments (if relevant).
  • Paper makes a useful contribution or has the potential to make a contribution. 

Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the African Journal of Information Systems.



Day 1 – Tuesday 5th July 2015




 8:00am – 3:00pm


  9:00 – 9:10am

Organising Co-Chair Remarks

Gamel Wiredu, GIMPA

  9:10 – 9.30am

Welcome address

Rector, GIMPA

  9:30 – 10.30am

Keynote Address: ICT Development in Ghana

George Atta-Boateng

Director General, National Information Technology Agency, Ghana

  Tea/Coffee Break

  Paper Presentation Session I: Auditorium

  11:00 – 11:30am

Performance Evaluation of the IEEE802.11e WLAN for VOIP Communication using OPNET Modeler

Dereje Yohannes, Adama Science and Technology University, Ethiopia

  11:30 – 12:00am

Understanding Customers Perception of Data Integrity in Automated Teller Machines: A Case Study of Ghana Commercial Bank

William Nii Ayettey Obubuafo-Ayettey & Joseph Kwame Adjei, GIMPA

 12:00 – 12:30am

Teacher Characteristics on the Integration of ICT into Curricula in Western Cape Schools

Kesewaa Koranteng & Wallace Chigona, University of Cape Town, South Africa


  Panel Session

  1.30 – 3.00pm

IT Research in Africa: Advanced Pursuits or Basic Needs?

Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Richard Boateng, University of Ghana, Ghana

Patrick O. Gyaase, Catholic University College of Ghana

Eric Kuada, GIMPA

John Effah, University of Ghana, Ghana

Kofi Agyenim Boateng, KNUST, Ghana

 Tea/Coffee Break

 Paper Presentation Session II: Auditorium

  3.30 – 4.00pm

An analysis of the Barriers to E-government Integration, Interoperability and Information Sharing in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review of Literature

More Ickson Manda & Judy Backhouse, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

  4.00 – 4.30pm

Cloud Computing in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Institutional Perspective on Adoption at the Firm Level

Lovestone Mamattah, GIMPA

Conference Dinner

End of 1st Day Activities


Important Dates

5th and 6th July 2016 Conference Days
2nd November 2015 Call for Submissions
29th February 2016 Deadline for Submission of Full Papers, Research-in-Progress Posters, Panel Discussion Topics, Exhibition Requests
28th March 2016 Notification of acceptance or rejection of Full Papers, Research-in-Progress Posters, Panel Discussion Topics, Exhibition Request
9th May 2016 Deadline for 
  • Submission of Camera-ready Papers
  • Early-bird Registration



To register for ACIST 2016:

1. Complete the ACIST 2016 online registration form

2. Make payment. Registration fees should be deposited or transferred directly into the GIMPA Bank Account at Unibank. The account details can be downloaded here.

3. Email a scanned copy of the pay-in slip to


Foreign Participants

  • Non-student participants  – US$150.00
  • Student participants  – US$100.00
  • Non-Student exhibitors – US$500.00
  • Student exhibitors  – US$50.00

 Local Participants

  • Non-student participants  – GHc 250.00
  • Student participants  – GHc 75.00
  • Non-Student exhibitors  – GHc 500.00
  • Student exhibitors  – GHc 50.00


GIMPA Executive Conference Centre

Rooms are available for participants at the GIMPA Executive Conference Centre at the following rates per day:

Item #  Name  Price (GHc) 
1 Standard Room (B & B) 245.00
Deluxe Room (B & B) 332.00 
Twin Room (B & B)  336.00 
4 Suite (B & B) 448.00

For booking and further enquiries regarding accommodation, call +233 (0) 302 401681-3  ext 2273

 External Accommodation Facilities

The approximated drive time to the venue (GIMPA) for the listed accommodation options below is eight (8) minutes.



Phone  Website
1 Gibs Guest Lodge

 Single - GHc 270

Double - GHc 300

+233 (0) 302 938748

+233 (0) 268 506510

Sam's Cottage

Single  - GHS 418.00

Double - GHS 494.00

Deluxe - GHS 570.00

+233 (0) 302 948087

+233 (0) 273 394443

Fiesta Royale Hotel


Standard - $320.00
Suite - $400.00
Chalet - $420.00


Standard - $340.00
Suite - $440.00
Chalet - $460.00

+233 (0) 302 740811

 * Booking can be done online for all listed facilities


The above-listed accommodation facilities offer taxi and shuttle services from the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Fiesta Royale (3) and Sam's Cottage (2) offer airport pick-ups as complementary services whereas Gibs Guest Lodge and GIMPA's Executive Conference Centre offer airport pick-ups at a fee. For booking and any other information regarding airport pick-ups, contact the respective facilities via phone or email.

For participants who plan to arrive on the day of the conference, there are official Airport Taxis that charge an average of GHc 25.00 to travel the distance from the airport to GIMPA.  

** Foreign participants who may require assistance upon arrival at the airport should call +233 (0) 262 152264, +233 (0) 207 800428, or +233 (0) 504 278767. 

Registered foreign participants who require invitation letters to support their visa applications should contact:

Prof. Gamel Wiredu 
Phone: +233 (0) 302 401681-3 ext. 1036

For further enquiries regarding registration, contact:

Mr. Joseph Budu
Chair, Local Organizing Committee
Phone: +233 (0) 302 401681-3 ext. 1043