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Foresight modelling series: Africa’s development path and potential

This seminar discusses two new reports that examine Africa’s development prospects.

Africa has made significant progress in key development areas, such as reducing maternal and infant mortality rates, improving food security, and increasing access to critical and basic services. But Africa’s population is expected to double in the next three decades. Given this rapid population growth, can progress be sustained?

This seminar will provide a practical and constructive perspective on how a high-growth future will impact Africa’s current development path and potential as an investment destination.

Read the full report on Africa’s Current Development Path here.

Read the full report on Africa’s Development Potential here.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Global Futures Society (GFS) and is the second of three events in the Foresight Modelling Series.

Moderator, introduction and welcome:
Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate Professor: Digital Governance, Wits School of Governance 


  • Enoch Aikins, Researcher, African Futures & Innovation, ISS
  • Saar Ben-Attar, Founder, Ascent Growth Partners South Africa
  • Dr Olugbenga Adesida, Development Policy and Scenarios Planning Specialist and co-founder, African Innovation Summit

Followed by discussion/Q&A

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the government of The Netherlands, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. 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.
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