Outsights was retained by the UK’s Department for International Development to
develop a number of scenarios for the future of the very poorest, to stimulate new
thinking and to look for ways in which the future can be changed. An implicit
assumption behind the focus on the very poorest is that even if the Millennium
Development Goals are reached by 2015, many of the poorest will miss out
entirely or remain in serious poverty.
A wide and varied group of 70 stakeholders from 10 countries participated in the
workshops or as interviewees in the project. Development research input to the
project was provided by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre.
Each scenario had a primary focus:
On the Move on migration and informality
BRICs and Blocs on the rise of emerging markets
Simple as ABC on technology
Moral Warming on global attitudes to poverty
Outsights welcome feedback on the scenarios and is currently running sessions
with interested parties using the scenarios as the initial basis for discussion.