Areas of Engagement


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.

The 12th AWID International Forum 2012 on women's rights and development, is being held this week on 19-22 April in Istanbul (Turkey). Conflict, militarism and violence, the role of state, sexuality, ecological health, the impact of the crisis on women, culture and religion, global governance, are some of the key themes of the Forum.

Tak-Wing Ngo, University of Macau in China, will discuss the several contradictory trends that states are presently facing. These include on the one hand the rise of multinationals, the increase in international labour migration and the proliferation of transnational civil networks, which has eroded the conventional boundary and jurisdiction of the state. Other trends, like the global financial crisis and the environmental challenge, are highlighting the relevance of the state in dealing with collective action problems.  In these circumstances, what will be the future role of the state?

Q. What role do you see for an organization like SID after 50 years