Building public service resilience in SIDS through ‘Foresight’

Apia 3 September 2014
‘Foresight’ is a tool for strategic planning and policy development in SIDS for sustainable development; it has an emphasis on community engagement and involvement of citizens in defining the future. Both the Director of Health and the National Public Health Advisor of Tokelau attended his side event. They felt the tool is well worth exploring in future strategic planning and policy development.

This Foresight approach has been adopted by the government of Tonga in preparation of strategic planning and budget forecast for the next 5 years. In a very interactive discussion, Tonga shared how they used the tool, especially with the involvement of children and youth through art to express the future they want.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark highlighted the need for Public Service leadership; it is essential to have collaboration among sectors, and commitment to shape the future of countries’ public services.