Areas of Engagement


by Ziad Abdel Tawab 

Yesterday, on 10 February I was standing in the middle of Tahrir square surrounded by millions of Egyptians, watching as my friends began to weep in response to a defiant speech by Mubarak in which he refused to step down. A friend of mine, in an attempt to revive hope yelled out 'We are revolutionaries! We don't cry! We haven't been defeated!' A few questions must be raised and most importantly: is this a wide spread popular uprising or a revolution?

Interview with Alejandra Scampini, Strategic Initiative Manager, AWID. 

Q. What does it mean to be a feminist working in development today?

by Ana Agostino 

What was achieved?

In his interview on migration and development that was published on the SID Forum on 22 November 2010, Alexander Betts pointed out that there are significant numbers of people who are displaced across international borders and who risk falling outside the framework of international refugee law. As a response, the acknowledgment of these people's conditions and their identification as 'survival migrants', can contribute to making human rights systems and instruments working better.

50 days ahead of the referendum on independence for Southern Sudan, a new report by Frontier (Europe)  in cooperation with the Nairobi-based Institute of Security Studies and the Society for International Development - explores the potential costs of renewed conflict in Sudan for the country, the region and the international community.

In this interview, Alexander Betts (Oxford University) explains the concept of survival migrants, and how it differs from that of refugees and forced migrants. He describes how the debate on migration and development has evolved in the last decade and what governments, institutions and development cooperation need to do in order to strenghten the global governance of migration.

In December 2009 the whole world was watching the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The outcome of the negotiations has been regarded as a failure since the goal - a legally binding document to replace the Kyoto Protocols expiring in 2012 was not reached. A year later, the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Cancun, Mexico.

The 2010 mHealth Summit took place from November 8-10th in Washington, D.C. It explored 'ways mobile technology can increase the access, quality and efficiency of healthcare to millions of families around the globe'. The Summit in particular addressed sustainable healthcare solutions to help people who do not currently have access to medical information or treatment. The Global Strategy for Saving Lives through Innovation