Areas of Engagement


by Maria Romero, Eurodad* | Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are not transparent enough, and face criticism from civil society organisations (CSOs) and others for being too expensive, and a risky use of taxpayers’ money. On Monday (29 February) more than 50 CSOs have written to the World Bank Group asking the institution to push for more financial transparency around PPPs.

by Roberto Savio | ROME, Feb. 17 – It is no coincidence that Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who died on Feb. 16, was the only Secretary-General in the history of the United Nations to have served only one of the two terms that have always been allowed. The United States vetoed his re-election, in spite of the favourable vote of the other members of the Security Council. He was considered too independent.

By Roberto Savio

ROME, Jan 27 2016 (IPS) - The rich and the powerful, who meet every year at the World Economic Forum (WEF), were in a gloomy mood this time. Not only because the day they met close to eight trillion dollars has been wiped off global equity markets by a “correction”. But because no leader could be in a buoyant mood.

One year ago, Kenya was rocked by the teargassing and violence used to stop the reclamation of the Lang’ata Road Primary School. Using exclusive primary research, the Kenya Dialogues Project (KDP) at the Society for International Development civil society, in partnership with eight civil society organisations released figures to demonstrate that Kenya’s 29,151 schools are still at risk of land-grabbing. Interviews with 3,400 Head Teachers reveals that 83% of public schools in Kenya are currently without title-deeds or lease certificates.

Editorial preview, Development Vol. 57.3/4 'Inequalities'

Published in SUNS #8159 dated 18 December 2015

Nairobi, 17 Dec (Ranja Sengupta) - Civil society representatives present at the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) have expressed deep shock and disappointment over a draft text on Agriculture released in the early hours of the morning here on the third day of the Conference.

The text was circulated by the Ministerial Facilitator on Agriculture (Lesotho) together with the Chair of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session (Ambassador Vangelis Vitalis of New Zealand).

Why corruption continues to prevail and what we can do about it

SID Policy working paper

Roberto Savio | In the space of just a few days, two fundamental lessons have come from Paris for the world about democracy and climate. The media have been dealing with them as separate issues, but they are, in fact, linked by the same problem that can no longer be ignored: democracy is on the wane.

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Recognizing the fact that attitudes and approaches that have served to marginalize women's issues and undermine the agenda of gender equity and equality are long established and well- entrenched within individual attitudes and governance structures, there is need for consistent, visible and advocacy and lobbying at both national and regional levels for the adoption of an East African Community (EAC) Gender, Equality and Development Bill.

by Thalif Deen, IPS | Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who described climate change as one of the “defining priorities” of his nine-year tenure as UN chief, went into raptures over the Paris agreement concluded on Saturday.

“It’s a monumental triumph for people and planet”, he said – even as civil society groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from developing countries expressed strong reservations over an agreement which left the key role of climate funding in political limbo.