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future of the poorest to 2030

Outsights was retained by the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) 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 and research input was provided by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre - an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs established in 2000 with initial funding from DfID. 


Out of this six month long process, four Scenarios were produced:


  • 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 further designed a process which enabled DfID to go to different countries and develop relevant Scenarios to inform policy work, and a Presentation to communicate this work to the wider public.



Future of the Very Poorest to 2030

Article covering the four scenarios for the poorest to 2030 and the process of creating them.