Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
The future of water and urbanization in Africa

The Royal Institute for Strategic Studies organized, December 4-5, 2015, in partnership with the Futures Studies Forum and the UNESCO foresight directorate, an international meeting on the theme: "The future of water and urbanization in Africa."

Attended by experts from sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region, this meeting has been dedicated to the appropriation of advanced analysis tools in the field of foresight and their application to two structural issues, namely water security and urban development. Other aspects were discussed, including possibilities for cooperation between the represented institutions in the objective of sharing their expertise in the field of future studies

Day 1

4th December, 2015

Future of Water Management and Slums in NA

9:00- 9:30

Registration

9:30- 11:00

Session 1

Introduction and Overview

Welcome note

Dr. Mohammed Tawfik Mouline, IRES, Director

Introduction of meeting objectives and process

Dr. Nisreen Lahham, Head of Directors Board –FSF

Presentation of the Future Literacy Know-Lab concept

Dr. Riel Miller, Foresight Unit, UNESCO, France

Ice breaking: Introduction of participants

Outcomes of Newsletter: Managing Water Scarcity in North Africa

Reham Yousef, FSF

Challenges and opportunities of water security in NA

Dr. Dia el Qousi, Egypt

Innovation in managing water resources in SSA

Dr. Julius Gatune, ACET, Ghana

Outcomes of Newsletter: Future of North Africa’ Slums

Reham Yousef, FSF

Challenges and opportunities of upgrading slums in NA

Dr. Khaled Abdelhalim, Egypt

Urban development and informal growth in SSA: polices and trends

Geci Karuri Sabina, South Africa

Moderated by: Koffie M. Kouakou

11:00-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30- 1:30

Session 2

Futures Literacy exercise1: Future of water security and slums in North Africa

Introduction of next steps and groups division

Dr. Riel Miller, Foresight Unit, UNESCO, France

Level 1 Futures Literacy Exercise: Expectations and normative visions (Group work) (40 min)

Discussion of anticipatory assumptions (30 min)

Presentation of the Learning Intensive Society model- a reframing model

Dr. Riel Miller, Foresight Unit, UNESCO, France

13:30- 15:00

Lunch

15:00- 16:30

Session 3

Futures Literacy exercise 2: Future of water security and slums in North Africa

Level 2 Futures Literacy Exercise: Reframing-Layered Analysis (Group work) (60 mins)

Discussion of level 2 anticipatory assumptions (30 min)

19:00- 21:00

Reception

Day 2 5th May, 2015

Future Scenarios and Windows of Cooperation with SSA

9:30- 11:30

Session 4

Scenarios of water security and slums renewal in NA

Scenarios development (Group work) (90 mins)

Presentation of scenarios and discussion (30 mins)

11:30-12:00

Coffee Break

12:00- 13:30

Session 5

Futures Literacy exercise 3: Using the Future

Level 3 Future Literacy exercise (60 mins)

Presentation of working groups and discussions (30 mins)

13:30- 15:00

Lunch

15:00- 16:30

Session 6

Policy insights and next steps

Discussion of policy insights

Facilitated by: Dr. Riel Miller, FSF, UNESCO

Discussion on future cooperation areas and projects between MENA and SSA

Discussion on future cooperation between FSF, IRES, UNESCO and other institutions

Facilitated by: Lamia Raei, FSF, Executive Director

Meeting wrap up and way forward

Dr. Nisreen Lahham, Head of Board, FSF

Closing speech

Dr. Said Moufti, IRES

 

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