Long-term objectives in contexts of constant change, how do we plan?

2019 is the year where RACI´s quinquennial strategy planning ends and starts to transition to new challenges and objectives. In this context, RACI decided to prioritize among its activities the building of this new strategic map, incorporating not only new actors but also a new methodology.

To understand the changes and the environments where we operate, we need to create diverse and complementary links where different disciplines, trajectories and areas of work are found and can work together to build probable futures. The result of these encounters facilitates the task of stablishing strategic lines of action, moderating the risk and generating more predictability.

For that motive, RACI decided to apply the methodology Planning of Transformative Scenarios created by de Dutch organization Perspective and taught by CIVICUS in a capacitation for representatives of the CSO of twenty countries.

The use of this theoretical framework means the identification of absolutely all the direct and indirect stakeholders with which the organization is related and all the actors that may not be related with organization but with who it would be constructive to start to interact. Once identified the stakeholders map, they are divided into groups so that, through different exercises where personal and group perspectives are inquired, trends are obtained as results.

The exercises seek to understand the main doubts and the axes of uncertainty create a matrix of possible future scenarios and, from them, it can be elaborated different hypotheses that allow, when necessary, to reorder the strategic planning in an organized manner reducing the uncertainty.

In the case of the Network, the planning process will take 11 months and will result in a document co-created with participation from specialists from all sectors, which will guide the actions of the organization until 2025.