Foresight for Development Co-operation

How can governments and policy-makers ensure a brighter and stable future for everyone during a time marked by geopolitical and demographic shifts and technological transformations?

In chapter 12 from OECD’s Development Co-operation Report 2018 “Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind“, SOIF’s Cat Tully and OECD’s Piero Fontolan discuss the role of Strategic Foresight in development and achieving the 2030 agenda.  explore how foresight methods can be used to adapt development co-operation for the future, and how Strategic Foresight can enable policy-makers and communities look at the future and engage with uncertainty to develop solutions, which meet both existing, emerging and future needs.

It offers fresh insight on how Strategic Foresight works and it examines the potential for the development co-operation community to use this discipline to increase the effectiveness of development interventions; to support developing citizens and countries; and achieve the 2030 agenda.

Examples of how Strategic Foresight has been used and practical ideas for applying foresight are discussed thoroughly. The United Nations Development Programme’s, Achim Steiner, is featured in an opinion piece on why technological change raises the stakes for action to leave no one behind.

The full report is worth a read, containing over 40 case studies, lessons and insight on how to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “to leave no one behind” and to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to eradicate poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease at a global scale.

The report’s contributors range from research bodies, civil society organisations, business, developing country governments and more, with insights into how to leverage national and sub-national policies, international development co-operation, programmes and partnerships, and more…

“With a renewed interest in foresight, there is also a growing acknowledgment that the act of reflecting on the future collectively — and the capability to do so — is valuable for all communities and countries, at all times.”  

Cat Tully (SOIF) and Piero Fontolan (OECD)

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