a brief history of the iaran..
The Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) originated in 2012 in the French think tank, Institut de relations internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS). In 2013, the IARAN entered a test phase in the international NGO Save the Children.
Since 2014 we have strategically partnered with futures-oriented organisations – Futuribles, the University of Naples, and the University of Denver – to further our work. Since our beginnings, we have also grown our methodological base, built a toolkit and developed a unique, robust and rigorous approach to foresight that combines qualitative and quantitative approaches.
In 2015 we moved to a pilot phase at Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim and in 2016 became a legal consortium of multiple agencies. We are actively seeking out new membership, in order to test our offering in different environments.
Today, we are the only foresight initiative that has operated for more than five years across multiple operational NGOs.
Our future, just as our beginnings, will rely on humanitarian organisations, academics, and private companies investing in the future by supporting innovative efforts like ours and as ever, taking risks for the sake of long-term gains.