Areas of Engagement


by Wendy Harcourt

It seems incredible in these days of economic crisis that over 2,200 women (and some men) found the time and money to fly to Istanbul for a discussion on gender and economic justice at the AWID Forum 2012. Registrations closed a week before the event opened and the majority of the 800 organizations and individuals who answered the call for sessions and papers could not be accommodated.

SIDbaires’ seminar on the topic of development consisted of a series of nine conferences covering SIDbaires’ core definition of development including macroeconomics; political systems and public policies; international integration; labor market; social security and social policies; communication; gender diversity and science and technology. Each of the speakers related their areas of expertise to a general notion of development. More than 150 attended the seminar.

The conference is the closing session of the SID 2011-2012 Lecture Series The State in a Globalizing World: problematic, yet indispensable, aimed at understanding the changing role of the nation state, and its relations with other actors including other states, corporates and civil society.  The conference will look at the role of the state in providing public goods, and the experience with public-private partnerships in providing drinking water to households in Africa. What works and what does not?

Excerpt from the Report on the ISS-HIVOS-SID-NL Colloquium: The second Environmental Studies Colloquium Series brought together environmentalist, economists and gender experts in a debate around the green economy. The focus was on how to deepen the analysis on gender and sustainable livelihood to the green economy reflecting the main theme of the book Women reclaiming sustainable livelihoods. The  colloquium and the book launch were timed as inputs into Rio +20 summit by looking at two key questions: How should women be ‘reclaiming’ space in the sustainable livelihoods debate?

'Citizenship for Change' focuses around the question 'What should we make of the wave of citizen action protests that swept the globe in 2011?' As the editorial makes clear, civic action is moving away from institutional campaigns and projects of the traditional meta movements. What are we to say at these new actions of 'unruly politics' and mass mobilization fueled by social media and drenched in revolutionary discourse.

The launch of the journal took place on the occasion of the last lecture of the 2011-2012 SID NL lecture series The State in a Globalizing World. Hilary Wainwright, research director at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and co-editor of Red Pepper delivered a lecture on 'Rethinking the state in the context of financial, environmental and social chaos'.