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Seminar in Cape Town presents latest research
African Futures - the long view: structural transitions for prosperity

This was the title of a roundtable discussion we co-hosted in Cape Town last week. The event had been organised jointly with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office and the Institute for Security Studies.

Hanns Bühler, HSF Regional Director

HSF Regional Director Hanns Bühler


Sharing recent research results

HSF Regional Representative Hanns Bühler had provided opening remarks at the event before  Dr Jakkie Cilliers presented recent research from the African Futures Project he is heading at the ISS. He shared key insights and recommendations from two new publications, both of which used the International Futures Software to provide analysis for potential future developments in key areas of society in different African countries. One of the reports focussed on demographics, the other on the fourth industrial revolution (see links to the publications below).



CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency Dr Ibrahim Mayaki

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency


How to unlock Africa's potential

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, shared his insights as the respondent. Which structural changes are needed to unlock the continent’s potential and to move labour much more rapidly into more productive sectors, given its large and fast growing population? This was the main question discussed, and the audience participated actively in the Question and Answer session that followed the presentations. 

"Made in Africa" - key findings

Key findings of the new report "Made in Africa"


Read the reports discussed at the event and learn about the research methodology

Find the report "Made in Africa: manufacturing and the fourth industrial revolution" online:

"Getting to Africa's demographic dividend" is also available on the ISS Website: 

A short video outlining the research methodology of the African Futures Project and recent results was shown at the event as well:…/vide…/designing-the-future-of-africa

To find out some more detail about the event and the content of the reports discussed, you can also read the brief report written by our partners at the CPLO: