EOI | Development Futures Workshop Series

Topics Cross-sector partnerships | Evidence-based practice | Networking | Humanitarian | Innovation and technology | Tools & Guidance

In the wake of significant challenge and disruption driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the RDI Network aims to generate in-depth conversations about development effectiveness and the future of aid and development. The far-reaching effects of the pandemic have also compounded the effects of other recent changes in global aid and the Australian development industry. These changes include the rise of the private sector, climate change, growing instability, trust in institutions and renewed calls for genuine localisation processes.

We understand that development and humanitarian practice do not take place in a vacuum – that they are informed and influenced by the context in which they occur.  Yet the day-to-day lives and schedules of policy makers and implementers often leave little room to question and debate current development directions, or systematically explore ideas guiding programming.

Our 2021 Development Futures Workshop Series aims to create space for those working or teaching in international development and humanitarian aid to deconstruct, discuss, and debate potential trends, hazards and challenges affecting the sector, and reimagine future development solutions.

The Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) is calling for expressions of interest from international development and humanitarian practitioners to participate in our Development Futures Workshop Series C in 2021.

Download the full Call for Expression here.

To submit an expression of interest, please complete our online form. To be eligible, participants must complete their application form by end of day Sunday 11 April 2021. 

Key Dates – Series C

EOI submissions close – 11 April 2021

Workshop Series C – Pre-work from 21 April, Workshops 5 May – 2 June

What will the workshop series cover?

The Development Futures Workshop Series will introduce participants to the field of foresight, providing an overview of the discipline and a base and context for thinking about the future.

Facilitators will guide participants through the six key steps of Foresight thinking, including:

  • Framing, scanning and forecasting – understanding the scope of the work to be done, collecting information and scanning for hazards and trends, and starting to describe plausible alternative futures
  • Visioning, planning and acting – choosing a preferred future, designing organisation; strategies, options and plans to achieve your vision, and planning for implementation

Upon completion of the workshop series, participants will:

  • be familiar with foresight concepts, approaches, methods, and tools;
  • be capable of applying foresight a tool to develop proactive strategies that are future-focussed and future-proof for their role and their organisation;
  • be comfortable utilising foresight thinking and supporting others to think through alternative futures;
  • have the tools, knowledge, and confidence to analyse and incorporate emerging issues, trends, impacts, and their implications into organisational strategy;
  • have access to a suite of online teaching/learning tools to help them to engage effectively with their current and future stakeholders;
  • be able to come out of a crisis not only surviving but also stronger – able to reimagine themselves and their career

RDI Network is calling for interested organisations to nominate two to three individuals to attend one of our Development Futures Workshop Series. We encourage organisations to nominate a diverse mix of staff, board members and/or key stakeholders to apply for this workshop series. Individuals are also welcome to submit an expression of interest.

The RDI Network values the experience and contribution of people from all cultures, genders, bodies and abilities. Ideal participants will have an open-minded approach, a willingness to be challenged and a commitment to engaging with insights from outside their own perspectives and areas of expertise.

Flexibility, including a willingness to recognise, accept and analyse a rapidly changing environment will be key. All participants will also require reliable internet access.

Download the full Call for Expression here.

A limited number of scholarships may be available for organisations that do not have access to funding to cover participation costs. Please contact Ilona Hamilton for further information.

To submit an expression of interest, please complete our online form. To be eligible, participants must complete their application form by end of day Sunday 11 April 2021.