The Foresight Advantage: Sudan 2030
In 2014, UNDP Sudan partnered with the Institute for the Future to begin a local process for envisioning Sudan in 2030. Sudan 2030 is a long-term project to develop local visions of possible futures for Sudan to help facilitate dialogue between fragmented groups, build agency over the future, and influence sustainable human development.
Sudan 2030 uses a new futures thinking process designed specifically to meet the needs of building peace and creating sustainable social change. With a participatory futures model we use an inside-out process for facilitating dialogue, discovery, and unity. The root of the methodology is based on the finding that external parties are rarely, if ever, able to assess the complexity of other communities and develop the right interventions for sustainable peace and development. Sustainable change will only come from within. Building a network of regional futurists strengthens a community’s ability to think strategically about alternative futures so that they can build their preferred future.
Strategic Decision Makers
Through regional participatory futures workshops we generate rich, nuanced datasets based on an analysis of current needs, emerging trends, and possible futures. This data can be used by a wide range of organizations to strengthen peacebuilding and sustainable development strategies.
Peacebuilders and Change Makers
Being able to think systematically about alternative futures is, unfortunately, a luxury. Through participatory futures we not only train local facilitators in futures thinking, but create a network of people who are actively thinking about alternative futures and how to work together to build the future they want.