Areas of Engagement


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.


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.