Forum of West Africa's Futures

Forum of West Africa's Futures
By 2050, the population of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) could reach 800 million. The population of West Africa at large could exceed one billion. While some analysts see it as gloomy and others as bright, the future of this crisis-torn region remains uncertain. Taking into account both the advantages to be had from open future-oriented studies relating to West Africa and the absence of such studies, Futuribles International wishes to stimulate such reflection, beginning with Western and Sahelian Africa. Futuribles International therefore proposes to establish a standing ‘Foresight Forum’ on the possible future of the West Africa and Sahel region.

This forum will catalyse existing reflections on West African futures: it aims to identify and analyse ongoing transformations, explore possible futures and support the design of inclusive, long-term sensitive decision-making processes.

Combining research, publications and debates, this forum aims to become the crucible of an open and action-oriented reflection on West African futures.

These strategic reflections may feed into projects run by governments and development partners, as well as the private sector and West African citizens.

Most of the articles published in Futuribles are in French. The English version of our website is about to be upgraded.

In the meantime, we advise you to go to the French version in order to access our publications (click on top right corner).

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Société, modes de vie

Lifestyles based on Localness and Slowness ?

Lifestyles based on Localness and Slowness?

80% of people in France, Germany, Spain and America view their pace of life as too fast!

Analyse prospective

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

The Slowing of the Chinese Economy : the Issues

The Slowing of the Chinese Economy: the Issues

China’s resistance to the 2008 crisis was impressive and its slowdown since 2013 has been surprising. Is this deliberate or involuntary? Will it be short-lived?


Économie, emploi - Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

The Evolution of Work: Exploit, Industry and Honour. A Long-Run International Analysis

L’avenir du travail. L’impact des technologies sur l’emploi et sa pénibilité

Constantly running beneath recent debates on the effects of robotization on employment (how many non-automated jobs will there be?) is the question whether modern societies are able to offer everyone a full-time job. Does working time necessarily diminish with technological progress and economic development? It is in order to answer this question that Jonathan Gershuny and Kimberly Fisher have studied the results of surveys on individual workers’ hours in 16 countries over the last five decades. In this article, they describe the trends that emerge with regard to work in the broader sense.


Entreprises, travail - Recherche, sciences, techniques

The Signals are Talking : Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

Public Affairs, 2016, 336 pages

Amy Webb, a US futurologist who founded the Future Today Institute, wrote The Signals are Talking to offer a guided 6-step process to evaluate the pronouncements made by researchers or business people and be able to understand how much impact they could have on the mid to long term. The objective is to provide the reader with a systematic way of evaluating new ideas being developed on the fringe. Using concrete examples, she helps the reader become more precise in ...


Économie, emploi

PostCapitalism : A Guide to our Future

PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future

Allen Lane, 2015, 368 pages

Why are we at the end of the capitalist system? This is what Paul Mason attempts to explain in this book. To drive home the point, he devotes several chapters to the following questions: how has capitalism constantly reinvented itself and what is currently preventing it from doing so?

Note de veille

Urban Utopias and Construction

Urban Utopias and Construction. The Eiffage Group's Phosphore Programme

The ‘Phosphore’ project, rolled out by the construction conglomerate Eiffage, provides a good example of the principle of broadening the range of actors involved in urban innovation. Without claiming to offer a blueprint for society, Phosphore nonetheless goes far beyond the ordinary industrial or urban project. It verges on a utopian approach both in its incorporation of the main themes of contemporary utopias—the limit on resources, personal fulfilment, sharing and mobility—and its methods of horizontal management.