Theme: Transformative Scenario Planning

What is Transformative Scenario Planning?

Reos PartnersTo achieve impact in different levels of society, and across four regions, ASSAR engages with a wide spectrum of stakeholders from communities, the private sector, civil society organisations, research institutions, governments and non-governmental organisations through Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP).

TSP is an approach designed by Reos Partners that brings concerned stakeholders from different, often conflicting, perspectives together. People discuss pressing sets of problems to build stories that illustrate a range of potential futures that could come from taking different paths. By doing this, the people involved  learn more about their present situation, and what dynamics in a specific situation are serving to help or hinder progress toward a more equitably and climate resilient future.

By guiding these stakeholders through participatory scenario planning processes, ASSAR helps to build a common understanding of current adaptation needs and past adaptation failings. ASSAR works in collaboration with Reos Partners to promote the co-production of adaptation responses that can yield appropriate, tangible and lasting benefits.

Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) in Namibia

Transformative Scenario Planning in Ghana – Part 1

Preparing for Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) in India

Transformative Scenario Planning in Ghana – Part 2

  Transformative Scenario Planning in ASSAR


  • Publications

    Preparing for TSP in Botswana

    Botswana overall TSP report

    ASSAR Spotlight on Transformative Scenario Planning



  • Related News

  • Looking back on the Transformative Scenario Planning process in Mali

    The ASSAR Mali team organised a key event with the Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) participants in Koutiala, on 28 August 2018, to reflect on the process and post-TSP capacity building activities that are underway. Read it here





  • Using Transformative Scenario Planning to think critically about the future of water in rural Jalna, India

    The Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) recently held their second Transformative Scenario Workshop (TSP) to think critically about the future of water for domestic and livelihood needs in rural Jalna, India.

    Read the report here




  • Pathways for adaptive change: Insight from scenario outcomes in Mali

    In Mali stakeholders gathered together to create scenarios that asked:  “What should agriculture and food security look like by 2035 to support livelihood improvement in Koutiala, under conditions of climate change?”

    Read the article here




  • The ASSAR Spotlight on Transformative Scenario Planning

    Read the Spotlight on Transformative Scenarion Planning here






  • Meaningful Discussions at the TSP Table

    Mary Thompson-Hall looks at how preparing for a dinner party is similar to that of planning a multi-stakeholder engagement process on agriculture, food security, and climate change adaptation.

    Read the article here




  • My research into ASSAR workshops: The story so far…

    Teresa Perez, a sociologist working on Transformative Scenario Planning, gives a refreshing look at the ASSAR project, in story form. Read it here





  • Deciding the future of agriculture in Upper West: the case of Transformative Scenario Planning in Ghana

    The TSP process was used in the Upper West Region of Ghana to facilitate an inclusive participatory methodology to explore the potential of agriculture in the region.

    Read the article here




  • WOTR’s experience of organising and facilitating the TSP process in Jalna

    Due to the serious water challenges in Jalna, a district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, India, WOTR initiated a TSP process called ‘The Water Situation in Rural Jalna in 2030: for Domestic and Livelihood Needs’

    Read the article here




  • Attempting to transform the future – reflections from the TSP process in Bangalore


    In times when problem-solving hits a dead end, the TSP process can help move things on, by challenging old conventions. Prathigna Poonacha looks at that in the context of India.

    Read the article here


  • Preparing for Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) in India

    In October 2016, as part of the ASSAR project, stakeholders from Bangalore’s government, civil society, and private and academic sectors met at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) Bangalore City Campus to think about Bangalore's.

    Read the full article here




  • Workshops can challenge stereotypes and change perceptions

    Teresa Perez examines how Transformative Scenario Planning can challenge existing practises and at some unintended consequences of this process.

    Read the article here



  • A journey through Namibia: transformational lessons from an ASSAR rookie

    Julia Davis, new to the ASSAR project, travels to Namibia for its second TSP workshop and recounts the experiences and lessons she learnt.

    Read the article here




  • Using TSP to think differently about the future of land use in Bobirwa, Botswana

    Julia Davies looks at some questions that were addressed during the TSP process in Botswana related to land-use challenges in Bobirwa and the surrounding regions.

    Read the article here




  • Imagining the future of water for productive use in Namibia's Omusati Region

    The TSP process was found to be a very useful tool for the Omusati Region as it brought together people who wouldn't often be in the same place. Read about the process here.

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  • Insights from the Transformative Scenario Planning Workshop in Mali

    A two-day Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) Workshop, “Agenda for the Future of Agriculture and Food in Koutiala”, was organised by the ASSAR team in Koutiala, Mali from  13 to 14 December 2016 at the premises of AMEDD.

    Read the full article here



  • Adapting TSP for the ASSAR context

    As we head into the last furlong of ASSAR's 5 year journey it's timely to take stock of where we are with the TSP process.

    Read the article here




  • Facing the unknown can help us shape the future

    Colleen Magner, Managing Director, Reos Partners in South Africa, looks at how using TSP can help with understanding long-term climate impacts.

    Read the full article here




  • Transformative Scenario Planning training workshop on Bangalore's Water Futures

    A two-day Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) training workshop on 'Bangalore's Water Futures' was organised by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) in Bangalore from 18 to 19 October.

    Read the full article here





  • Reflecting on our Transformative Scenario Planning Workshop in Ghana

    Traditional authorities, representatives of district level public institutions, NGOs, youth and women groups from the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) study area all participated in the first Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) workshop held in the Upper West Region of Ghana in early June.

    Read the full article here