Areas of Engagement


Editorial | by Stefano Prato and Arthur Muliro

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

At the moment when world leaders and key thinkers are discussing about the post 2015 development goals, the question of political participation, social inclusion, and economic empowerment in all sectors of life and society, both in rich and poor countries are increasingly threatened by ineffective and inadequate institutions and policy making. This age is marked by the disconnect between governance and citizenship. A widespread phenomenon, in emerging as much as in mature economies and democracies.

by Ruth Aine Tindyebwa | Released in November 2013, The State of East Africa report 2013 quickly soon became a hit. Why? It relived information and raised so many questions. It gave answers to the theories that the East Africans had, that for a long time remained unanswered.  The report has made stops in all of the East African cities, it has been handed over to the civil society, government and the general public.

by Alphonse Rugambarara | The question of development aid has been under discussion for several years, but donor countries and organizations have continued to try out various aid programs without being able to answer the question posed by Dambisa Moyo: 'Why do the majority of sub Saharan countries flounder in a seemingly never-ending cycle of corruption, disease, poverty, and aid-dependency, despite the fact that their countries have received more than US $ 300 billion in development assistance since 1970?'

Philip Oxhorn is a Professor of Political Science at McGill University and the Founding Director of McGill's Institute for the Study of International Development, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. A former Associate Dean (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) at McGill, his research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America.

'SID could not have a more impeccable and distinguished individual as Jean Gilson joining the organization as Vice President at a pivotal moment when SID is reviewing its relevance and scope of roles in a fast changing global development scene. The whole idea of development and the perspective of international cooperation for development is going through a sea change.

Alon Beer holds a BA in Communication and Behavioral Sciences from the College of Management.

The outcome of the meeting, the Political Statement from the Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation, will contribute to the common African position for the post-2015 development agenda. It will also be used to support Agenda 2063, which is the African Union’s (AU) strategy for 'the future we want for Africa.'

Summary | Civil society groups from Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok from May 15-17, 2014 to develop regional recommendations on just and sustainable development for action at the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.