Discussions with a large group of international policy analysts and experts from Africa and other world regions explored questions of health, education, food, demographics, water, energy, climate change, trade, good governance and foreign policy in different African countries. The political economies of different countries were considered as context and instrumental in shaping societal developments and growth. The ISS team uses the International Futures software which is based on thousands of data sets and freely available as "open source", to analyse current path scenarios and possible futures in crucial areas of development.
The potential impact of the 4th industrial revolution in various areas was explored, and the presentations and engagements focussed on paths to reduce poverty and inequality. The outcomes of the workshop will inform an upcoming new book on possible scenarios for African Futures which draws on recent research reports of the project team at the ISS. The research was carried out with HSF support, and the book is expected to be published next year.
To find out about the methodology using the International Futures Software, the work of the African Futures Project and some of the research results, watch this short informative video: