Course: Introduction to SADC Futures Foresight Framework

The course will take you through the stages of the SADC Futures Foresight Framework. Foresight is not a prediction of THE FUTURE, but rather a process of imagining many different possible futures. Foresight empowers decision-makers and policy planners to use new ways of thinking about, talking about, and implementing future plans that are compatible with the unfolding future.

The SADC Futures project developed a tailored foresight training framework built on seven key stages each with accompanying steps, tools and methods that can be used.

The course is broken down into 7 modules, according to the seven key stages. Each module will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, with the entire course taking two and a half hours in total.

You will receive a certificate at the end once you have completed the course.

In each module you will learn about:

Module 1: Input - Understanding the context
Module 2: Analysis - What is happening?
Module 3: Interpretation - Why is it happening?
Module 4: Planning - What do we want to experience in the future? What might get in our way? What might we
do to get there?
Module 5: Prospection - What might happen that we have not thought about?
Module 6: Reflection - What might we want to do differently?
Module 7: Strategy - What will we do differently?

Once you have completed this course and would like to get a more in-depth insight, more detailed explanations and view case studies, you may want to access the additional resources and videos on the additional resources page.
  • Course Introduction
  • Introducing foresight
  • Introduction to foresight
  • The SADC Futures Foresight Framework
  • Approaches, tools and methods used
  • Why we need foresight to build climate resilience?
  • Check for understanding
  • 1. Establishing the Scope
  • The key steps of establishing the scope for a foresight exercise
  • Understanding and applying key steps of scope
  • Step 1: Key theme or topic
  • Step 2: Setting geopolitical boundary
  • Step 3: Understanding relevant structures and policies
  • Step 4: Setting the timeline
  • Step 5: Stakeholder mapping
  • Check for understanding
  • 2. Analysis
  • Introduction to analysis
  • Steps in applying analysis
  • Trend analysis
  • Horizon scanning
  • Check for understanding
  • 3. Interpretation
  • Introduction to interpretation
  • Applying systems mapping
  • Systems mapping
  • Check for understanding
  • 4. Plan
  • Introduction to planning
  • Applying visioning, causal analysis and stakeholder analysis
  • Visioning
  • Causal analysis
  • Applying backcasting, pathways and trade-offs
  • Backcasting
  • Pathways
  • Check for understanding
  • 5. Prospection
  • Introduction to prospection and developing scenarios
  • Building scenarios
  • Scenario storylines
  • Check for understanding
  • 6. Reflection
  • Introduction to reflection
  • Scenario implications, transformational elements and change
  • Scenario implication
  • Transformational elements and change
  • Check for understanding
  • 7. Strategy
  • Strategy
  • Strategy key steps
  • Check for understanding
  • course conclusion
  • Applying what you have learnt
  • Foresight Practical Application Template
  • Practical Application Checklist
  • Course terminology
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Check for understanding, Check for understanding, Check for understanding, Check for understanding, Check for understanding, Check for understanding, Check for understanding"
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever