Areas of Engagement


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

Body, gender and empowerment: a conversation with Chloe Schwenke (USA), Alexandru Balasescu (Romania), Hulda Ouma (Kenya), Wendy Harcourt (Australia/Italy). 

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The issues of gender and empowerment, while fading out the development agenda - are being increasingly addressed and highlighted by icons of popular culture - as pointed out in the editorial of SID Development Vol. 53.2 on 'Gender and Empowerment'.

Interview with Robert Paarlberg, author of 'Food Politics: What everyone needs to know' 

Q: Today is the world food day. What are the key messages the world needs to hear today? 

by Shukria Dini

Excerpt from the article

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.