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Preparing for the Future: A Vision of West Africa in the Year 2020

Author: Jean-Marie Cour, Serge Snrech
Organisation: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Publish Date: 1998
Country: West Africa
Sector: Development
Method: Environmental scanning
Theme: Strategic Thinking
Type: Document
Language: English
Tags: West Africa Long-Term Perspective Study, WALTPS, West Africa, Club du Sahel, CINERGIE

The purpose of the West Africa Long-Term Perspective Study (WALTPS) is to gain a better understanding of the main trends that have dictated change in the region over the past half a century or so, and to reflect upon the direction of change over the next three decades. The aim is to arrive at a set of hypotheses regarding the direction of future change, in order to develop a sketch of the region around the year 2020. The authors have confidence in scientific progress, human ingenuity, the entrepreneurial spirit and the will of West Africa’s people to live and live better. They are aware of the risks the future holds for West Africa. They have sought to sketch a picture that holds promise, despite the difficulties the region will encounter. This picture incorporates a plan, one which will have to be brought to maturity and carried out by Africans. That said, outside agencies wishing to assist should, in fact, be prepared to do so.

A further aim of the study is to show that the West African population has made considerable efforts to adapt to the changes occurring in the region. In all probability, it will continue to do so
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