On April 21, 2017, Frederick S. Pardee Center, in collaboration with our partners at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, released a new report outlining key trends in the development of Ethiopia.
The Pardee Center has published an exploratory report on the potential for modeling the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on different areas of human development. AI refers to the use of technology to fulfill jobs traditionally done by humans. Pardee is particularly interested in evaluating the potentially dramatic effects of AI on international development.
Our team was invited to participate in the second authors meeting of the UN Environmental Programme's (UNEP) sixth Global Environmental Outlook report in Bangkok, Thailand from May 22-26. The goal of GEO-6 is to understand the current state and trends of the environment, and to try to inform the international community on the policies needed to meet environmental objectives.
Our founder and senior scientist, Barry Hughes, traveled to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle for a scenarios workshop on May 17. The workshop participants met to discuss key issues in developing future scenarios for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, hosted at the IHME.
Research Associate David Bohl spent three days (April 3-5) in Maputo, Mozambique, alongside our partners at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), to meet with representatives from Irish Aid. While in Mozambique, he and other researchers from the ISS also with met with USAID, the Canadian Embassy, and the Mozambique Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Pardee Center director Jonathan Moyer and research associate Andrew Scott spent four days (April 4 to April 7, 2017) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia conducting an interactive training session on International Futures (IFs) for members of the National Planning Commission, the Ethiopian National Bank, local customs and immigration officials, as well as several private sector representatives.
On March 14, Research System Developer Steve Hedden and Lead System Developer José Solórzano led a workshop at the UN Data Innovation Lab in Nairobi. Forty-seven development practitioners from UN agencies including UNDP, UNDP, WFP, FAO and UNICEF participated in a hands-on exploration of the International Futures (IFs) integrated assessment model.
The Atlantic Council in association with Zurich Insurance Group published a report in April 2017 analyzing three key areas of geopolitical risk: protectionism, energy crisis, and water and food scarcities.
In February 2017, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures completed two reports, prepared for and funded by the USAID Southern Africa regional mission.
As part of her brief visit to the University of Denver on March 2nd, the honorable Dr. Condoleezza Rice made an appearance at the Pardee Center for International Futures. During her visit to the Center, Professor Jonathan Moyer discussed forecast modeling specifically surrounding global governance and the movement of heads of state. Though a short conversation, Dr.