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SID-Washington anticipates a broad-based audience of over 600 people, representing a diverse constituency of non-governmental organizations, development consulting firms, government agencies, multilateral institutions, and universities actively engaged in the field of international development. The event will be featuring several dynamic and high-level keynote speakers from around the world including the Honorable Chuck Hagel Senator from Nebraska, 1997-2009 and the International Monetary Fund's Deputy Managing Director Minouche Shafik.

He discussed what he calls the fundamental incompatibility between hyper-globalisation on the one hand, and nation state democracy on the other. In principle globalization implies that the world becomes more interconnected, however as a result, national societies are becoming  more diverse and more fragmented. In the context of the contemporary globalisation, cosmopolitism threatens to become the neoliberal ideology of international business and expat interests, instead of the philosophy of cultural universalism, the global open mind.

The 12th AWID International Forum 2012 on women's rights and development, is being held this week on 19-22 April in Istanbul (Turkey). Conflict, militarism and violence, the role of state, sexuality, ecological health, the impact of the crisis on women, culture and religion, global governance, are some of the key themes of the Forum.

Tak-Wing Ngo, University of Macau in China, will discuss the several contradictory trends that states are presently facing. These include on the one hand the rise of multinationals, the increase in international labour migration and the proliferation of transnational civil networks, which has eroded the conventional boundary and jurisdiction of the state. Other trends, like the global financial crisis and the environmental challenge, are highlighting the relevance of the state in dealing with collective action problems.  In these circumstances, what will be the future role of the state?

Q. What role do you see for an organization like SID after 50 years

Nairobi, 2 April 2012:  'The final responsibility for shaping East Africa’s future lies with its citizens'. This is one of the key conclusions of a new State of East Africa Report 2012: Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges, published by the Society for International Development (SID), with support from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

The previous constitution in Kenya was not sufficiently representative of women, disadvantaged groups and minorities with the result that  their voices, opinions and perspectives were therefore not heard within the public policy making process. Through a consultative process of reforms that culminated in the new Kenyan constitution in 2010, a proportional representation  electoral system has been endorsed. Women's demands of political representation have been  captured in the new system.

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