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Since 1974 the IFR has made a detailed study of the South African landscape for the purpose of anticipating trends and developments. We remain the only institute of its kind on the continent. 

We take a transdisciplinary approach and examine early signals through comprehensive scans to give our clients the possible advantage for medium to long-term decision-making.

Just like Africa, South Africa is complex and often paradoxical. It has wealth, yet it has vast inequality. It has leading educational institutions, yet, education levels are low. Security is prominent in many private homes, yet many people feel unsafe. It has had one of the greatest leaders who ever lived, yet leadership remains one of its greatest challenges.

Considering the possible futures of this beautiful country can be a challenging task. Our researchers produce a series of publications and events that enable senior decision-makers to make more informed decisions for their businesses and other stakeholders. Our publications appear weekly, quarterly, monthly and annually. Our interactive events include business breakfasts, round tables, workshops on futures methods and an annual conference that inspires dialogue and empowers delegates to enhance the quality of their thinking.

Register as an associate today and decide between the publications or events, or subscribe to both for a comprehensive futures experience. Register for the SA as well African Futures packages for a holistic, continent-wide service that helps senior leaders to anticipate risk timeously and sense opportunity before the competition.

​​The latest annual Business Futures publication is now available for associates. Please click here​ to view the table of contents. Associates have access to the full publication by logging into the associates ​section.
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