Horizon Scanning—Launched 2009
Horizon Scanning is a foresight method that allows the Foundation to monitor trends and anticipate change in global regions by capturing the myriad perspectives and worldviews of people across the globe.
One of our most recent Horizon Scanning projects was the Searchlight Network. From 2009 to 2013 The Rockefeller Foundation supported a network of Searchlight grantees, most of which are located in the Global South. The Searchlight network has been at the core of Rockefeller’s efforts in the area of pro-poor foresight, an approach to develop impactful programmatic strategies in complex, rapidly changing contexts with and for the poor.
The most promising opportunities for impact are selected based on a set of predefined criteria and subsequently tested in a rigorous, evidence-based assessment process to decide whether they have the potential to become the cornerstone of one of the Foundation’s programmatic Initiatives.
Overall, the Searchlight funding achieved three goals:
- it built foresight capacity across the globe
- demonstrated how future research methods can successfully be used in the development sector
- contributed to the opportunity identification and risk management activities of philanthropic actors