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'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.

by Arthur Muliro | Everyone is now familiar with the refrain that the burgeoning youth population in Africa is either ‘a boon or a disaster’. Many look on the negative side of the balance sheet and pronounce this unprecedented situation an apocalypse in the making. The apparent ease with which young people are recruited into radical causes or end up in rag-tag militias is all the evidence they need that disaster is imminent.

Middle income status is an exciting prospect because of the definite impact it will have on investment. It is expected that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will increase as investors capitalize on potential for growth in their businesses. Also, in examining the significance of important sectors, this initiative will enable policy remedies to be created because of availability in better statistical information.

Nancy Waithera and Alice Wairimu Kimani's tribulations are heart breaking. Nancy lost her husband and two sons 3 years ago to a lethal alcoholic drink called Yokozuna. Her remaining son, who survived the last binge, passed away this past week after consuming a new version of the same called Countryman. File footage from that time shows Nancy's son, Benjamin Njoroge, on Kenyan television promising never to drink cheap concoction ever again.

Join more than 600 development professionals representing the private sector, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, government agencies, multilateral institutions, and universities actively engaged in the field at the SID-Washington 2014 Annual Conference. Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will also feature 8 interesting and informative sessions based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program will also include two high-level plenary discussions.

by Juma Mwapachu | When we met in Nairobi in June last year the theme of my Opening Address was the state of interesting times that coincided with our meeting. First, was the historic general elections that had taken place in Kenya and which had brought that country back together after the tragic post-elections violence of 2007. Unfortunately, the results of that violence continue to haunt Kenya and have taken a traumatic turn for the new national top leadership as it faces trial in the International Criminal Court here in The Hague.

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