Training and Capacity building for LTPS

The original mandate of African Futures, namely building capacities in African countries to undertake futures studies and formulate policies based on the exploration of possible futures is still relevant. As Africa's environment is undergoing deep transformations, the future is quite uncertain and there is need for continued capacity building effort to be able to develop and manage economies and societies in such changing context.

Moreover, LTPS process necessitates continuous re-enforcement so that they can be adopted as a philosophy and way of conducting development management. This necessitates the development of cadres in all interest groups. At present there is a noticeable shortage of learning institutions that remotely engage in training and development in this field.

African Futures Institute will combine training and methodological research activities to assist in building capacity for LTPS.

Training:

One of the core activities of the AF Institute will be to assist in the formulation of long term perspective training programmes in Africa. To achieve such a goal, there must exist a core cadre of capacity that can work with African countries and institutions and other identified clients. The new Institute therefore sees as one of its main objectives the development and continuous improvement of such capacity.

The activities and tasks under training for capacity building fall into the following categories:

  1. Short-term courses on strategic thinking and development management (see African Futures methodological books and documents)
  2. Regional workshops on methodology / operationalization of prospective studies, and focused or special training workshops that are demand driven
  3. Training for sub-regional institutions on long-term perspectives planning

Methodological research:

African Futures Institute will continuously review and update the methodological framework to guide futures studies in Africa. The activities consist of:

  1. Continuously re-examine methodologies/approaches in future studies for update purpose.
  2. Develop analytical and practical approaches, methodologies and strategies for the preparation and utilization of regional long-term perspectives studies in Africa.