Areas of Engagement


This article is based on the Ryszard Kapuscinski Lecture given by Jan Pronk at the London School of Economics on February 16th, 2011. Sixty years after the birth of the new order in the mid 1940's, Mr. Pronk questions where the world is today and points out the need to reform and strengthen international institutions in order to uphold global values. The integral text and a selection of some of the most significant parts of the lecture are published here.

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Challenges ahead

by Jos van Gennip

This article is a transcript of the speech delivered by Jos van Gennip on the occasion of his farewell address as President of the SID Netherlands Chapter during the SID Senate conference held in The Hague on September 30, 2010.

by Lamis Shejni

So many words have been used (not as much as those that will be once all events have unfolded) to describe, define, deconstruct and reinvent the Egyptian 25th January Revolution. 2011 seems too old and wise to experience a 'revolution': a lexical that takes our imagination back to last century, if not earlier. Personally, it stimulates the visualization of Karl Marx's white beard, maybe because it is so similar to Ayatollah Khomeini, and the 1979 Iranian revolution: the first memories of my existence!

by Aya El-Hilaly

Tahrir Square has been the focus of world's media since a group of young Egyptians called for a peaceful demonstration on January 25. Many of us thought it would be like one of the many demonstrations seen in the last year. Demonstrators called for social justice, human dignity, and fair wages. The brutal conduct of the central security forces against the demonstrators resulted in a lot of public anger.

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.