This week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released the Human Development Report 2011 (HDR). The focus of this year’s report is sustainability and equity. The Pardee Center was invited to prepare a research paper for the report entitled "Forecasting the Impacts of Environmental Constraints on Human Development." Material from the research paper and from PPHP Volume 3 (Improving Global Health) appear in Chapter 2 of the HDR, including discussion of environmental risk transitions and exploration of the impacts of three environmental scenarios (Base case, Environmental challenge, and Environmental disaster) on the Human Development Index and on inequality.
Mohammod Irfan—the key architect of the International Futures education model—represented the Pardee Center at a recent meeting convened by the Southern African Regional Universities Association. The meeting focused on higher education as a strategic component of development for the 15 countries that make up the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Dr. Irfan used the IFs model to explore the possibility that the SADC region would achieve 25 percent tertiary enrollment rates by 2025, and he then participated in a two-day scenario planning exercise with the group.
Preceding his attendance at the SARUA meeting in Zambia, Dr. Irfan visited with two organizations in South Africa. The first was the African Leadership Academy, a secondary school widely recognized for its pioneering vision in promoting the next generation of African leaders. Following his visit to the African Leadership Academy, Dr. Irfan presented at the Institute for Security Studies, a pan-African think-tank and the Pardee Center for International Futures’ African partner. The presentation used the recently expanded capabilities of the IFs model to explore infrastructure development and its impacts across Africa. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.