Areas of Engagement


Development 55.1  'Greening the economy' will be launched on Friday 23 March at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, on the occasion of the first of four colloquia on green economy, jointly organised by the Society for International Development, The Institute of Social Studies Erasmus University and HIVOS. 


This week we feature an interview with Development author Kathleen McAfee Greening the Economy: ‘Selling Nature to Save it’ is not a solution!. Kathleen McAfee talks about the problems connected to the use of market instruments applied to nature. In particular she discusses the difficulties of putting a price on nature, the risk of commodification of nature and the emergence of growing global inequalities due to the workings of uneven markets. 

Q: Which expectations should we have with regards to the upcoming Rio Summit 2012? Are we going to achieve a good agreement with a feasible agenda? What should young people expect from Rio?

In this interview, Jan Pronk points out that the traditional divide between rich and poor nations has transformed into a more complex divide between classes within all countries. We face huge challenges but what is most worrying is the declining institutional capacity and lack of will to address them. However, positive signs can be found in young peoples' willingness to engage and be open to others from different background.


Q: The financial crisis in the North and new economic powers in the South. How is development changing and what does it mean today?

The Government of India, in its efforts to promote a just and a fair governance, initiated and acted upon several positive enactments in the Parliament such as the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, a potential measure, presently under final discussion, to address an effective implementation plan in favour of the farmers, the landless labour, the minorities and such other weaker sections of the Society.

The Society for International Development is pleased to welcome Ali Hersi, new Director at the SID Regional Office for Eastern Africa. Ali joined the staff in Nairobi on November 1st, 2011, taking over the leadership of the regional office from Mr. Duncan Okello, who has since joined the Kenyan Judiciary as Chief of Staff in the Office of Chief Justice, in Nairobi.

It is often feared that people's access to livelihoods and resources is more at stake in urban contexts as it can be exacerbated by rural-to-urban migration (people move to cities and increase urban poverty). This leads to a temptation to try and control people's mobility. As Cecilia Tacoli points out, the issue of migration should be seen as a closely linked with transformations in a country's economy.