Areas of Engagement


In today’s international system, corporations benefit from far reaching super-rights and have access to special tribunals to enforce them. Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) allows them to attack states outside of national courts whenever these states adopt legislation that could harm their profits. This mechanism threatens democratic decision making, the rule of law, human rights, the environment, health, public services, gender equality, as well as consumer and labour rights.

Representatives from companies with a history of mismanagement of public contracts and renowned tax-dodging practices will meet in Geneva this week to lobby for business-friendly UN standards on Public- Private Partnerships. The UN Economic Commission for Europe is ​currently meeting​ to establish International Standards on PPPs.

For immediate release, Monday, 15 october 2018 | Women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, agriculture workers and indigenous smallholders have been feeding their communities for centuries but remain largely invisible in the world of agriculture.

To celebrate International Day of Rural Women today at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Plenary in Rome, a panel of experts on food security, representing women’s grassroots organisations have come together to share their experiences, struggles and demands.

Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security


Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

Experts call for World Bank Group to end aggressive promotion of PPPs for public service provision

A new report exposing how public private partnerships across the globe have drained the public purse and failed to deliver in the public interest will be launched at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank in Bali next week.

At a time where technology is infiltrating every area of our lives, this year’s Right to Food and Nutrition Watch takes a closer look at how this new era impacts food, our source of life, identity and social relations.

Over the past few decades, public goods, such as education and health – the pillars of human rights – have increasingly been taken over by private actors to make profit. Food, of course, has been traded for centuries, but the recent failure in market regulation has reduced it to a mere commodity

#TenYearsOn #ChangeFinance

One decade ago, on 15th September 2008, the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, marking the start of the financial crisis. Banks crashed and got bailed out with billions of taxpayer’s money. Today, 10 years after the financial crisis, the financial system remains strongly unregulated and dangerous to people, market, and society. The financial powers and institutions are behaving as if the lesson of ten years ago did not get learned at all. 

According to the International Energy Agency’s Africa Energy Outlook 2014 publication, “More than 200 million people in East Africa are without electricity, around 80% of its population. Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are among the most populous countries in East Africa and have the largest populations both with and without access to electricity.”

In 2016, SID launched an ‘Energy Futures’ initiative that sought to look at possible future scenarios for energy and how these would affect energy poverty in four selected countries of Eastern Africa.

What is the future of international development in a context where globalization seems irreversible and yet is, at the same time, the target of attacks from emergent political agendas from the Right and the Left? What roles will and should governments play in advancing progress towards the SDGs in an era increasingly defined by nationalist and populist rhetoric? How can development actors reinvent globalization so that it responds more effectively to the needs of those feeling left out or marginalized in the Global North and in the Global South?

Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Exploring new policy pathways

How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development