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International Workshops on Secure and trustworthy e-Governance (WoSTEG2020)

Overview of the STEGA project

STEGA (Secure and Trustworthy e-Governance for enhanced and accessible public services in Africa) is a multi-disciplinary project that aims to advance the state of e-governance provision in Africa. The project will focus on approaches to enhance availability, coverage, policies and legislation, as well as address the emerging issues of security, privacy and trust.  According to the 2018 UN report on e-governance, the e-government development index (EGDI) of Africa is lower than that of the other continents.

Furthermore, a critical issue that e-governance must contend with today, is the rising incidents of cyber-attacks. For example, Johannesburg (South Africa’s economic hub which contributes 16% to the country’s total national economy of 326 billion dollars) was recently attacked by hackers who targeted the city council’s computers with ransomware and disrupted the city’s cyber network. This project aims to advance e-governance in African nations and achieve significant enhancement of public services administration through enabling secure, trustworthy and accessible e-governance systems.

Why is the STEGA project timely?

  • Increased accessibility to smartphones and mobile Internet provides opportunity to connect large segments of the population to basic public services through secure, trustworthy and accessible e-government platforms.
  • Cyber-attacks are on the rise globally and would severely impact the economies of African countries with relatively lower levels of ICT knowhow. This needs to be considered as we push for wider adoption of e-governance.
  • Effective public e-services will promote good governance, boost the economy and improve quality of life for the citizens.
  • Growing population means current archaic paper-based systems are no longer sustainable to the environment.

STEGA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through De Montfort University, Leicester, England.  GCRF is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


Project Partners


People |  STEGA project members

Dr. Suleiman Yerima – Cyber Technology Institute, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom – Project Director/Principal Investigator

Dr. Henry Mumbi– People Organizations and Work Institutes, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom – Co-Investigator

Dr. Olabisi Daodu – Centre of Research for Accountability, Governance and Sustainability, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom – Co-Investigator

Dr. Shafi’i Muhammad Abdulhamid – Fmr. Head of Department of Cyber Security Science, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria – International Co-Investigator

Dr. Chrispin Matenga – Department of Development Studies, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia – International Co-Investigator

Ms. Ummi Bukar, Managing Director – PAGED Initiative (Participatory Communication for Gender Development), Abuja, Nigeria – Project partner

Mr. Saleem Falowo – Assistant Chief Planning officer, Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning, Abuja, Nigeria – Project partner

Mr. Daniel Mwamba – CEO Zambia Road Safety Trust, Lusaka, Zambia – Project partner

Mr. Khalil Ibrahim – KIMA’s Care Foundation, Abuja Nigeria – Project partner

Mr. Ahmad Sadiq – MD/CEO Microscale Embedded Ltd., Abuja, Nigeria – Project partner


Call for Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts new deadline is Sunday 25th October 2020
Extended abstracts should be submitted to

Note:Due to COVID-19 restrictions, authors who are unable to travel to the workshop will be given the option to present remotely.

The organizing committee of the 2020 International Workshop on Secure and Trustworthy e-Governance (WoSTEG 2020) is seeking high quality contributions for presentation at the multi-disciplinary workshop scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday 2nd December, 2020.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit an extended abstract of no more than 2 pages summarizing their intended presentations, along with the title, author names and affiliations.
Following a review by the Programme Committee, authors of accepted abstracts will be further invited to submit a full paper to be published in the WoSTEG2020 joint workshop proceedings.

Aims and scope of the workshop
WoSTEG 2020 is a multi-disciplinary, multi-stake holder workshop that aims to examine the state of e-Governance in Africa with particular focus on addressing long-standing problems of availability, coverage, policies and legislation, as well as emerging issues of security, privacy and trust.
The 2018 UN e Governance report shows Africa having a lower e-Government Development Index (EDGI) average than other continents. E-government provision is crucial to enhancing public services and citizens’ quality of life and can be instrumental in achieving several of the UN sustainable development goals (UNSDG) for example: Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions; No poverty; Goodhealth and well-being; Decent work and economic growth. The workshop therefore aims to explorepathways to the UNSDG goals through secure and trustworthy e-governance.
Notably, Cyber-attacks are on the rise globally and both public institutions and the private sector bear the brunt. The workshop will crucially examine contemporary issues surrounding the security of e-Governance especially in the era of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We invite contributions that fall within the scope of the workshop covering one or more of (but not limited to) topics such as:

• Secure and trustworthy e-governance in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic

• Organizational behaviour; organizational changes

• Current state of e governance, barriers and challenges to e-Government provisioning and access

• Case studies of existing e- Governance platforms

• Policy, legislation and regulation issues

• Enhancing e-Governance with state of the art technologies e.g. AI, Block Chain, 5G, and new generation cloud services

• e-Governance and sustainability in UNSDG

• Participatory and people-centred e-Governance
• e- Governance and the environmental impact

• Cyber-attacks against e- Government platforms
• e-Governance and digital literacy

• Secure and resilient e- Government provisioning
• Frameworks for evaluating e-Governance

• e-Government and public health

• e-Government innovation/innovative e-government services

• Corporate governance –Innovations and Cybersecurity
• Ethics in e-Governance and Cybersecurity

• Frameworks for secure and trustworthy e-Governance


The timetable of events and key dates are as follows:
Deadline for extended abstract Submission Friday, 16th October 2020 Sunday, 25th October 2020
Notification of abstract acceptance Wednesday, 4th November 2020
Full paper submission Monday, 23rd November 2020
Workshop date Wednesday, 2nd December 2020 (Abuja, Nigeria) 
Wednesday, 9th December 2020 (Lusaka, Zambia)

Extended abstracts should be submitted to by Friday 16th October 2020 Sunday, 25th October, 2020

WOSTEG 2020 accepts two types of submissions, download templates below:

Template for extended abstract 1
Template for extended abstract 2 For further enquiries or questions please contact us at

Abuja WoSTEG2020 YouTube live stream

Find the link to the live stream of the International Workshop on Secure and Trustworthy e-Governance – WoSTEG2020 -taking place on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 from 8.15 GMT (9.15 am, Abuja time).


Programme Timetable

  • 9:15-9:45 (8:15-8:45 GMT) Opening Session

    Opening Session – Welcome address and

  • 10:00-13:30 (9:00-12:30 GMT) Session 1

    1. Evaluating E-Governance Within the Constraints of Digital Divides
    2. Use of Gamification for Civic Edutainment
    3. Digital Economy and e-Governance: A Review of Nigerian Preparedness
    4. An Overview of Recent Cyber-attacks on E-Governance Worldwide
    5. A Twenty (20) Year Review and Classification of E- Governance in
    Nigeria (2000 – 2020)

  • 12:30-13:30 (11:30-12:30 GMT) Break
  • 13:30-14:30 (12:30-13:30 GMT) Panel discussion

    The state of E-Governance in Nigeria: challenges and opportunities

  • 14:30-16:30 (13:30-15:30 GMT) Session 2

    1. Challenges and Opportunities of e-procurement in Construction
    2. Enhancing Business Operations Using Blockchain Technology in a Trade
    Finance Domain
    3. Corporate Governance Regulations, E-Governance and Sustainability in
    Developing Economies: Fostering Global Consciousness
    4. Do Public Health Services Provided Over the Internet by Government
    Work? Evidence from Mom-Connect in South Africa

  • 16:30-16:45 (15:30 -15:45 GMT) Closing
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