October 2012

The Middle Path: Towards sustainability and global well-being

by Asoka Bandarage. The author argues that growing economic inequality and the distribution of resources and opportunities is the main social issue of our time. She explores the systemic roots of the current crisis through an integration of critical social science analysis and a universal spiritual approach to ecological sustainability and social development. She argues that the current crisis can be located in unbridled economic growth and the twin forces of capital and technology.

The Private Sector as an Investor for Development: Video and Blog

On 22 October, Fokko Wientjes, Director Corporate Sustainable Development at DSM, delivered the second lecture in the SID 2012-2013 Lecture Series 'More than 50 years of ODA: lessons learned and new approaches'. The discussion afterwards was led by Myrtille Danse, Executive Director of BoP Innovation Center.
Watch the video with speakers and main topics addressed.

Youth Engagement With The EAC: Who Cares?

The Society for International Development and Maanisha! will be co-hosting an open forum and discussion on how the youth and young professionals of Tanzania can best engage and interact with the East African Community and regional integration process anchored by SID's publication The State of East Africa 2012: Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges. The discussions will be driven by four tenets that young East Africans care about: Health, Jobs, Education and Aspirations. Do these factors align with the priorities of regional integration?

Video Presentation of 2012-2013 Lecture Series' opening debate

Given the current global economic climate and increased scepticism from the public, should ODA still be considered the viable way forward in terms of future economic/financial policy towards the developing world? What are the alternative frameworks that challenge the existing organizational structure? This VIDEO provides a summary of the discussion and main lectures delivered by the experts. It features OECD-DAC chair J. Brian Atwood, BiD Network Director Thierry Sanders, and FMO Chair Nanno Kleiterp.

Girls and Girlhood Interrupted: Two Decades of Statelessness and Militarized Violence in War-torn Somalia

by Shukria Dini. Structural violence, the absence of state, state institutions, the absence of social services and the rule of law in Somalia for over two decades has perpetuated socio-economic and security threats of a large population and in some cases, destroyed the lives of Somali girls and most of all denied them a chance of growing up in a stable environment, experience a joyful and secure girlhood like other girls in secure countries.