Research on cross cutting issues and interests

There are many issues that affect more than one country and for whom knowledge gathering and processing at sub-regional or regional level would be quite useful. Such include environment, conflict, disease management, security and defence issues, infrastructure etc.
The need to engage and collaborate in conducting research cannot be overemphasized in long term planning.

Futures research is rooted in the concept of alternative futures i.e. that there could be several futures for a country or institution or organisation. On the basis of an exploration of the various alternative futures through scenarios, organisations, countries, institutions can develop the most robust strategy for themselves.

Of significance with this focus area, is that the research is thematic and specific to certain issues, for example gender equality. The outcomes of the research should result in programmes with an action plan.

Once again, the process becomes critical in carrying out this focus area. Partnership with existing institutions is encouraged, not only to avoid re-inventing the wheel, but also to entrench the basis of the constituency to exist significantly.

African Futures Institute will provide technical support to the conduct of regional scenarios and futures studies on issues of common interest.

Research activities include:

  1. Stimulate groups of countries that share such issues to work together on designing and implementing knowledge gathering and development of scenarios. Such could be stimulated by sub-regional organisations and could be useful in the development of sub-regional scenarios and alternatives.
  2. Conduct regional and sub-regional long-term perspective studies on Africa to provide the necessary framework for the preparation and/or operationalization of long-term perspectives studies.
  3. Integrate regional long-term perspectives study approaches and programs into the work schedules of African regional and sub-regional training and research institutions, intergovernmental organizations and economic communities.
  4. Understand the policy implications of various processes and influence in African and global policymaking.
  5. Manage the new challenges raised by Globalization.
  6. Contribute in strengthening regional cooperation through recommendations coming out of research.