OECD DAC Friends of Foresight seminar: Africa in the world 2043

OECD DAC Friends of Foresight seminar: Africa in the world 2043


This seminar considers Africa’s future and opportunities and challenges for development cooperation providers.


This OECD DAC Friends of Foresight seminar examines a new report which presents four global futures, a Sustainable World, Divided World, World at War and Growth World, and the ‘development ceiling’ that the global context places on Africa in each of these global scenarios. A number of recent shocks, including the current war in Ukraine, the growing divisions between the US, Europe and China, and their associated economic implications have accelerated the momentum towards a Divided World trajectory. How these global scenarios will impact upon Africa’s development potential? What can be done to maximise growth and poverty alleviation in Africa?

Chair: Steven Gale, Senior Foresight Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, United States Agency for International Development

Moderator: Ana Fernandes, Head of Unit, Foresight, Outreach and Policy Reform, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD DAC

Speaker and author of the report

Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures and Innovation, Institute for Security Studies Pretoria


  • Mathew Burrows, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center, Washington DC, USA
  • Dr Karin Wedig, Chief Economist for Africa Department, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)
  • Prof Landry Signé, Executive Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management in Washington DC and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

OECD DAC Foresight: [email protected]

Alexander Atarodi: [email protected]

Najat Lachal: [email protected]

Image: Black Textile/Pexels

Development partners

This project is supported by Humanity United. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.