Areas of Engagement


May 31: Bottlenecks and Border Crossings in Africa
Cross border trade is increasingly important in an interdependent world. The SID-Washington Africa Workgroup will host a discussion to take a look at efforts to streamline trade flows at borders and to explore the indicators that monitor this activity. The workgroup will host William Petty, Crown Agents USA and Toni Matsudaira, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist at The World Bank.

by Wendy Harcourt

Change usually comes with loss. Living in Europe right now, there is a sense of deep loss and uncertainty. For people living in other parts of the world pictures of burning houses and riots such as those in Athens over austerity measures are hardly surprising. The current struggles in Europe take their historic place alongside the Latin American debt crisis, the Asian crisis, the many and continuing upheavals in sub-Saharan Africa, the crushing lives in Central and Eastern Europe, and the recent regime changes in the MENA region.

Summary and reflections By Günther Oldenbruch

Ms. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss delivered a speech on Inclusive Growth in the practice of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Taking advantage of her 5-year experience as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank, she focused on strategies and concepts elaborated by the ADB on this specific theme.

To feed the world's growing population, global agriculture will have to double its food production by 2050. Can the world be fed in a sustainable way?  Are there ecological solutions available in alternative to intensive agriculture and fertilizers? How can applicable standards for sustainable food production be created? How can efficiency and productivity of food production be reconciled with sustainability and protection of the environment? 

by Situma Mwichabe.

The cooperative movement brings together over 1 billion people around the world. The UN estimated in 1994 that the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people was made secure by co-operative enterprise. These enterprises continue to play significant economic and social roles in their communities.  In Kenya 1 in 5 people is a member of a co-operative or 5.9 million and 20 million Kenyans directly or indirectly derive their livelihood from the cooperative movement.


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.