Areas of Engagement



by Roberto Savio


I believe that we need a new paradigm to face problems organically. These global problems are experienced in different ways in different regions of the world.

The paradigm: there is no peace without security (especially in this era)


In this interview Felix Dodds, Executive Director of Multistakeholder Forum and chair of the 64th Annual UN Conference for Non Governmental Organisations (Bonn, Sept 3-5), speaks about the latest proposals and achievements of civil society towards Rio Plus 20, introduces the Sustainable Development Goals, and suggests five key challenges ahead of us towards a more sustainable future.


How is the preparatory process going on and which are your expectations about the Earth Summit?

by Jan Pronk

During the last two decades quite a few developing countries have been able to reach rather high rates of economic growth. The traditional North-South divide seems to be behind us. Formerly stagnant developing countries have joined a group of emerging economies. In these countries, and also in still poor developing countries many people nowadays belong to a middle class with incomes substantially above subsistence level.

by Angela Zarro

We are living in a moment of uncertainty, when we need to ask the right questions and find the right answers, SID President Jan Pronk said at the opening speech of the SID World Congress 2011 on July 29. Is the current crisis a consequence of a development process that has inherently lead to a widening gap between those who have the resources and those who stay behind? Or is it due to policy mistakes made by individual national countries? Do we need to review the concept of development itself or is it the world system in disarray?

SID together with UNFPA held a brainstorming meeting on responses to care crisis on July 28th in Washington, DC, just before the SID World Congress 2011. The care crisis is not new, but as Jacqueline Pitanguy from Brazil pointed out, the broader economic crisis is increasing women's work burden as the often invisible and uncounted work of care of the ill and the vulnerable in the family, community and society falls on women.


by Benito de Miguel 

I agree with Darius Mans when he says in his blog-post on Economic Progress, Empowerment and Social Inclusion that an international context marked by the world's economic, political and social crisis constitutes a great opportunity for SID to engage in a truly innovative dialogue involving all actors in the development community.

Interview with Mariano and Benito de Miguel, SIDbaires Chapter, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Angela Zarro (AZ): SIDbaires is one of the oldest chapters of SID. According to your experience, how has SID shaped over the years in the achievement of its mission and vision?

Q. Your new book  'Red Soil and Roasted Maize' presents a collection of new and past articles on Kenya. How does the contemporary Kenya look like?

SID Netherlands Chapter has recently launched the short lecture series Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. The aim of this lecture series is to bring together critical minds within the field of rural development studies as valuable input into the academic and policy debate surrounding agriculture and food security.