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Tim Mugerwa

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Tim Mugerwa

President and Researcher: African Youth Union

Honors bachelors degree in Social Work and Social and Social Administration - Uganda
Honors degree in Development studies - Unisa

Tim is an international youth and human rights activist. His political ideologies are Pan-African in nature and he is one of revampers of the contemporary pan-africanism. He strongly adheres to the principles of democracy, human rights and rule of law.

Tim answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.


You identify yourself as an African futures thinker or practitioner. How would you describe to the woman or man on the street what it is that you do in this regard?

I write, teach and raise awareness about the need for young Africans to plan ahead and avoid the mistakes of some past descendants. I influence the way young people think and encourage them to change their mindset and attitude.

How many years have you worked as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Three years

In which countries or places have you had working experience as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Gambia and Cameroon.

In what languages have you undertaken futures / foresight related work or research?

Luganda and English

What is it that motivates you to work or participate in the foresight / future studies / related field

The state of Africa and love for her, motivates me to do what I do. I want my descendants to live in a better Africa and to be proud of who they are.

What goal/s would you most like to reach with your work as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Inspiring the majority of Africans to care about the future and take action to build it.

Who or what most influenced your thinking as a futures thinker / practitioner, and how?

Africa's founding fathers like Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah influenced me a lot but the contemporary influence is Thabo Mbeki. Their goal was to see a united and self reliant Africa which I think I need to carry on. The desire to empower Africans to take full responsibility of developing their own continent is also a daily influence.

What is your main disciplinary background? (i.e. your primary training / qualification)

Social Work and Social Administration

How do other people describe you and how do you describe yourself?

Others describe me as… Smart

I describe myself as… Ambitious



What is one of your favourite quotes about the future?

“Youth are the architects of the future.”

How would you describe the state of African futures thinking right now?

It is taking a right direction.

What is, in your opinion, the main barrier to uptake of futures knowledge by African institutions and organisations?

Keeping debates and discussions about the future within boardrooms and ignore the role of the community.

If you were to give advice to someone who wants a career in African foresight / future studies, what would you say to him or her?

Engage the community, spend fewer hours in office and more in the field.

What are your recommended readings for every African futures thinker / practitioner?

Institute for Security Studies (ISS) - Publications

What are your recommendations for other favourite futures resources: websites, newsfeeds, mailing lists, associations, etc.?

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)


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