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: