Areas of Engagement


By K.Bhanumathi, Secretary, SID Hyderabad

'Writings brought revolutions in the Nations of the World. Writings are the great communicators, the connectors of past to the present and links to the future and beyond. Maha Kavi Kalidas IN the South and William Shaksphere in the North remain immortal in the memories even to the contemporary societies making such a great impact to discern the right from the wrong.'

Jos van Gennip is former member of the Upper House of the Netherlands' Parliament and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Senate. He was director of the Scientific Bureau of the Netherlands Christian Democratic Party and has had a long political career within this party. He has held leading positions at various Dutch development NGOs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation. He is foudner of Cebemo, now Cordaid.

by Khaita Sylla

Senegal has just completed an electoral process having held presidential and legislative elections respectively in February/March and July 2012. This article is a post election reading of the process that looks at youth’s contribution.

Betty Maina is the Chief Executive of Kenya’s Association of Manufacturers, one of the country’s leading business associations with some 700 members. Ms. Maina was previously at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Kenya Leadership Institute, among others. She served on Denmark’s Africa Commission and currently sits on various boards in the public sector.

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By Pincas Jawetz, SID Vienna Chapter

A longer version of this article first appeared on It analyzes the preparations to the Conference, in Rio at the time of the June 2012 Conference, and further meetings in Vienna held as part of the 54 International Congress of Americanists (ICA).

Excerpt from the article

by Christopher Rosin and Paul Stock

As a special surprise the participants of the foodFirst conference will be offered a small treat developed by Too Good To Waste. This enthusiastic group won NCDO’s Battle of the Cheetahs, a competition aimed at challenging young professionals  to come up with smart ideas for global food issues. At the Floriade a movie will be showed presenting their first recycled food product: gazpacho made with overripe tomatoes.