SID Blogs

Covid-19 has worsened problems both for the world and Africa. Sixty per cent of Africa’s population is below the age of 25, which makes it the youngest continent, with a median age of 19. Young people are the continent’s biggest resource, but they have been bruised by the pandemic in more ways than one.

“Powering Africa” often means lighting up homes and industries. However, we must understand that the energy landscape is not just electricity for lighting; it covers all energy needs, from cooking to heating and, in this technological age, charging and powering electrical and electronic gadgets and equipment in rural and urban areas. Energy is the bloodstream of society.

On January 30th 2024, the Society for International Development (SID) organized a workshop in Geneva titled “The Surging Pandemic of Health and Food financialization”  with the aim to shed lights on the growing and unregulated trends of financialization in these two separate but interconnected arenas.

The CFS 51 presented an opportunity to move towards progress in the centrality of human rights and the transition toward more sustainable food systems. Yet our commitment does not stop with these major victories, as there are still countless battles to be fought, for women, gender, data and social protection.

Society for International Development co-convened and participated in the inaugural Debt and Development Academy (DaDA), held on 2-4 October 2023 in Arusha, Tanzania, co-hosted by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU), the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), and other partners. 

SID's Emily Karanja facilitates a session on the review of the Kampala Inter-Ministerial Conference on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, at the International Organization for Migration's Africa Youth Engagement Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Elissa Braunstein reviews the gendered employment impacts of the macroeconomic policy environment, with a particular focus on women’s employment. This is a summary version of the article: ‘Neoliberal Development Macroeconomics: A Consideration of its Gendered Employment Effects’, published by UNRISD, February 2012

A historic reflection by Shobha Raghuram on Rio+20