The International Futures team, partnered with the Atlantic Council, has been working with the Zurich Insurance Group to develop forecasts based on the costs and benefits of information communication technology. The forecasts will weigh the benefits against potential costs of this technology, including hacks, espionage, identity theft, cyber terrorism, and opportunity costs associated with strategic disconnection and alternative development spending.
To date, the African Futures Project has received funding from Frederick S. Pardee; the Hanns Seidel Foundation; the Open Society Foundation; the British High Commission; Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and the governments of Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading institution in the global Chronic Poverty Advisory Network. The Pardee Center contributed to a publication of ODI in late 2013 on "The Geography of Poverty, Disasters, and Climate Extremes in 2030". IFs was the tool that ODI personnel used for poverty scenario development.
The Pardee Center has worked with the RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. One project was to incorporate information on World Bank and IMF lending into the financial flow system of IFs. Another was to explore IFs within the RAND Center’s Robust Adaptive Policy or Robust Decision Making approach. We continue to have connections with our sister Pardee Center.
In the 1980s a global modeling project named GLOBUS was based at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung or WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin). IFs was already an available tool and WZB invited Dr. Hughes to be a commuting member of the Berlin team. He brought IFs into the project as a foundational tool, especially with respect to the demographic and economic modules of GLOBUS.
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a non-partisan, independent institute of the U.S. government charged with promoting peace and resolving conflict. A Pardee Center project for the USIP prepared a study published by the institute (also found below) reviewing a wide range of projects that assess what are variously called fragile, vulnerable, or failed states. That effort was a foundational piece in our own efforts to build upon such assessments of countries today and historically, so as to create a measure of performance risk and vulnerability to conflict prospectively.