Areas of Engagement


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.

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?