Future exploration of Dutch development cooperation

Partos - the Dutch membership body for international development organisations which The Spindle is part of - wishes for all stakeholders in international development to be(come) resilient and adequately flexible towards the future.

Annewies Kuipers
Annewies Kuipers
Innovation Facilitator
annewies@partos.nl
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About

The world around us, and with that the world of development cooperation, is changing quickly. To interpret and anticipate on these changes, Partos – which The Spindle is part of – set up a trajectory of future exploration. The goal of this project is for all stakeholders in international development to be(come) resilient and adequately flexible towards the future.

The findings of this trajectory are shared in an online interactive report and this final report ‘Adapt, Counteract or Transform. The future of Dutch development cooperation‘. Use these to become future-fit!

Exploring the future

Together with Perspectivity, Partos organises this future exploration based on ‘transformative scenario planning’. It uses scenarios not only to understand and adapt to the future, but also to change and challenge it. It offers a way to transform ourselves, as well as our relationships with one another and thereby transform the system of which we are part. Within the process of transformative scenario planning, it is important to involve actors representing the broader system. To involve as much perspectives as possible an online Sprockler-inquiry and an exploration team with diverse backgrounds is set up.

Sprockler-inquiry
The wisdom of the stakeholders – your experiences, reflections and intuitions – are at the heart of this initiative. To gather all of these valuable insights we use Sprockler, an online inquiry where all stakeholders can share their story of which they think is a forecast of the future. Share your story about the unfolding future here!
Also take a look at the Sprockler-visualizer to read and listen to other forecasting stories. Here you also find the provisional results of this inquiry: a summary of the emerging themes from the forecasting stories.

Exploration team
A diverse team of future explorers is set up to explore the future of (Dutch) development cooperation within three workshops. In the first session, the exploration team identified trends and uncertainties. In the second session outlines for possible future scenarios were explored. During the third meeting on February 1st, the implications of the different scenarios for (Dutch) development cooperation were operated. In the fourth session at the end of March, the transformative step was taken towards a future we want.

Final outcome
On the Partos general assembly in spring, the findings will be shared with the members. The findings of this trajectory are shared in an online interactive report and this final report below: ‘Adapt, Counteract or Transform. The future of Dutch development cooperation‘. Use these to become future-fit!

Future Exploration

 

Team

Anne-Marie Heemskerk
Anne-Marie Heemskerk
Partos
Annewies Kuipers
Annewies Kuipers
The Spindle
Bart Romijn
Partos

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