Areas of Engagement


by Shukria Dini

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Twenty years ago, economic planning and protectionism were held responsible for poverty and stagnation. Nowadays it is the market that is blamed, not only for increased poverty and income inequality, but also for the dismantling of public services and ecological destruction. Yesterday's solutions have become today's problems. Liberalization and privatization have left people and environment at the mercy of the free market. The mightiest are reaping the benefits, the weakest are footing the bill.

Wendy Harcourt, SID Senior Advisor and Editor of Development, was awarded the 2010 Feminist and Women's Studies Association's Prize on 2 October in London. Wendy was presented with her prize for her book 'Body Politics in Development'.

by Susan Alexander

As a communicator, the Millennium Development Goals have been both a blessing and burden. On the one hand they provide a simple story hook and a straightforward benchmark. However, since the underlying issues, debates and measurements are necessarily complex, contested and contentious the headline achievements are only ever that - the headline.

by Ana Agostino*

The MDGs were an effort to consolidate previous agreements reached during the 1990s on areas related to human rights, environmental sustainability, population and development, education, health, as well as women's rights, empowerment and gender equality. Nevertheless, women's organizations around the world criticized what they saw as a minimalist approach of the 8 goals.

In this interview, Roberto Savio provides his critical reading of the entire MDGs process, explaining why this is considered a 'missed opportunity', what didn't work and how things should evolve in order to achieve them.

Q: What is your reading of the entire MDGs process and the way it has performed so far?