Holder of a PhD in Sociology and Regional Coordinator of the UNDP African Futures Programme from 1997 to 2003 in Abidjan, Alioune Sall, born in 1951, is the Executive Director of the African Futures Institute (AFI), the Pan-African think-tank which he founded in 2003 in Pretoria (South Africa). In his capacity as an expert, he supports a number of foresight programmes launched in various countries. He has edited a number of collective works, including, with Jacques Giri•1, Afrique 2025 : quels futurs possibles pour l’Afrique au sud du Sahara? (Karthala, Paris, 2003).
Any analysis that attempts to anticipate the future can never be a foregone conclusion regardless of where it is in the world, and particularly not in Africa. In some countries where the African Futures Institute (AFI) has been asked to undertake such an analysis, it proved necessary to stop, as in the case of Zimbabwe and Mauritania because of changes that had taken place in the domestic political context. Elsewhere, we have pursued the work to its...
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