For South Africa to build a robust and dynamic body of knowledge that can be leveraged for successful futures planning, it will take a partnership  between UN South Africa, government, academic institutions, industry bodies and private organisations.

The UN South Africa is looking to build cross-sector partnerships for this purpose.

The list of partners on this page will continue to grow as the foresight South Africa initiative gains momentum.


The Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) was established in 2001 by the Minister for Public Service and Administration. In 2008 it was relaunched as the first Government Component to be established in terms of the Public Service act as amended in 2007.

The CPSI is mandated to develop innovative, sustainable and responsive models for improved service delivery.

The CPSI facilitates unearthing, development and implementation of innovative ideas within and throughout the public service. It achieves this by facilitating pilot projects aimed at demonstrating the value of innovative solutions, and through activities that create an enabling environment within the public sector to support and sustain innovation. The CPSI’s cross-sector reach makes it a resource for the whole of government, thus bridging institutional boundaries.

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The ECSECC is a public entity in the Eastern Cape province responsible for strategy development, knowledge management and partnership facilitation. ECSECC is an entity of the Office of the Premier and the Council is made up of the leadership of provincial government, local government, organised business, universities, NGOs and trade unions in the province.

In 2003 the province partnered with the UNDP in the development of the 2004-2014 Provincial Development Plan through a project office established in ECSECC. In 2017, ECSECC and UNDP re-opened discussions about an organisational partnership.

The purpose of the partnership is to strengthen anticipatory capabilities and promote use of foresight and futures thinking in strategy, planning and programme design and in the public sector. Further, the emerging programme aims to build institutional capacity and strengthen the ability provincial government to respond to complexity, build resilience, set direction and ensure implementation of policies.