SID Talks

This is a collection of interviews and opinion pieces delivered by SID people - from within and around the broader network - for the SID Forum, in the last couple of years. Enjoy the reading and explore the diversity of opinions and perspectives that make SID a unique actor in development for its holistic view and approach. More to follow....stay tuned!

In this interview Amb. Juma Mwapachu, President of SID and former Secretary General of the East African Community, reflects on the historical moment we are currently witnessing, the major economic and political changes that occurred at global level in the last decades and the emergence of new competing ideas about development. He suggests that given the current context, it is crucial for SID to bring the issue of relevance back to the heart of the development debate and help contribute to achieving social justice  for a  more equitable and humane world.
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René Domersant, President of SID Haiti Chapter, explains which are the priorities for Haiti to pursue a  development strategy that is sustainable and inclusive.  The humanitarian and emergency actions have failed to move to a long term and development oriented strategy of aid and recovery. The result is that the degree of dependence of the population has increased, and the government is not able to provide leadership. First of all Haiti needs to  free itself from aid dependence. (English and French).
In the development world we received the mantra words like gender, women, poverty alleviation. Many good things came out of it but our own agendas of empowerment were too often derailed. What about grassroots or as we call them in Africa - the downtrodden?'  Fatma is long term member of SID Tanzania and now assocaite editor of Tevelopment.
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Ariel Dloomy, leader of SID Israel Chapter, explains the numerous challenges that the Middle East  is facing and the role and contribution that organizations like SID can play. This period, he points out, may offers unique opportunities to bring about processes of development and sustainable human development in particular, that may ultimately aid the entire region.
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Reflections from Sidbaires Chapter by Marcelo Garcia. 
'Although media is global from a technical point of view, it is still not global as a concept...We are witnessing a new way of creating culture. But the new media should not be taken as a panacea, because it ultimately refers to the channel rather than the content of what is communicated'. 
Marcelo Garcia coordinates the Communication and Culture Department of SID Buenos Aires Chapter
The development debate needs to look back at its origins. Interview with Mariano  and Benito de Miguel
'It is the so-called 'peripheral nations' that are leading global economic growth today, and achieving higher levels of participation in an increasingly multipolar world'. Mariano de Miguel, President of SID baires Chapter and Benito de Miguel, member of the International Governing Council, point out the need to address some of the unresolved issues of development and present their view about the SID mission from a southern perspective.

A turning point in development. Interview with René Grotenhuis

René Grotenhuis, President of SID Netherlands Chapter and Director of Cordaid, explains how the traditional development debate is changing in the context of globalization and how international networks like SID may become more important than previously. The challenge for the civil society today is to be further on in creating a new discourse that builds on a more global approach overcoming the traditional North-South and rich-poor divide. 
Wendy Harcourt is former editor of the SID journal Development. Read her Editorials of past issues of Development
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In preparation for the SID 2011 World Congress (Washington, DC July 2011)  the newly appointed President of the SID Washington Chapter, Daniel Runde, shared his view about development and how it has been shaped over the last ten years. In today's shifting global context it is crucial for SID and other organizations to move the discussion further and to rethink how we can contribute to the development process.
In this interview, Jan Pronk points out that the traditional divide between rich and poor nations has transformed into a more complex divide between classes within all countries. We face huge challenges but what is most worrying is the declining institutional capacity and lack of will to address them. However, positive signs can be found in young peoples' willingness to engage and be open to others from different background.
Jan Pronk was President of SID from 2007 to 2011
Politics today no longer produces ideas, vision, strategy, and it has become self referential without a relationship with citizens and therefore lacks legitimacy.
Roberto Savio is former Secretary General of SID
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It is time to say goodbye to this 'one size fits all approach' for developing countries - whether it is the post-war planning model of the social democracy, the Anglo-Saxon model of the free market, the social market thinking in the Christian tradition or the Washington Consensus it is important that developing countries themselves share and provide their view and make their own decisions, now more than ever' Farewell speech as president of SID Netherlands Chapter
From the same author, read also: Reconnection! The breakdown of the international cooepratio calls for a new perspective

The disilllusionment about development in Africa, the failure of the aid industry, and the need for Africa to wean itself from aid, and formulate its own policies and strategies based on its own realities and contexts.
These are some of key issues discussed in this interview.  
Rasna is member of the board of the SID Regional Office for Eastern Africa. 
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