Areas of Engagement


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.

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.