About IDIA2020

The 11th International Development Informatics Association conference (IDIA2020) is being organized and hosted by the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) from 25 – 27 March 2020 in Macau. UNU-CS, a research unit and think tank within the United Nations, undertakes policy-relevant research at the nexus of information and communication technologies and sustainable development, in support of both the UN system and member states.

Since its inception in 2006, IDIA has sought to create a space and a forum for researchers and practitioners to connect and exchange knowledge on issues of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) not only in, but also for and by the Global South.


IDIA2020 aims to provide a forum for robust, critical, evidence-based, and actionable discussions on how to deal with the transforming global socio-technical and political landscape and the concomitant impacts on ICT4D as a field of study and practice – including what is working, what has not worked and what needs to change within the ICT4D domain.

It also aims to strengthen connections between the research and the policy world, as well as between the various global and regional collectives and hubs of ICT4D research.

Structure and program

The conference will occur over a period of three days and will consist of workshops on the first day, and full paper presentations on the second and third days. The conference will also include invited keynotes as well as social events.

The papers submitted to IDIA2020 will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least three reviewers from the technical programme committee. Workshop submissions will also undergo a peer review process.


IDIA2020 targets participation from researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world interested in issues of technology and sustainable development.