On this page SID NL presents all output of our lecture series and other activities from 2009-2010 onwards.

Spring 2017 ‘Doing Democracy Differently’

In our spring debate series, SID-NL and NIMD look at global and inspiring forms of new political engagement, with a link to the political developments in the Netherlands such as the elections campaign and the aftermath of the Dutch elections. A new trend has surfaced in recent years: the general tendency to question democratic values. The Dutch Ukraine Referendum, the Brexit referendum in the UK, the US elections, as well as the Italian referendum confirm that citizens have lost faith in their political leaders. They want to have more direct influence or they turn their back towards the formal political institutions and focus on extra-parliamentary activities. The guiding questions for this series is therefore ‘Can we do democracy in a different way?’ Can we think of a ways in which political parties and politicians change in such a way so that citizens can rely on them again? And if these new ways of doing democracy are already happening, how are they working? This new discussion series explores these questions



Fall 2016 ‘A Financial World without the Traditional Financial Institutions?’

Foto websiteThe crisis of the banking sector triggered all sorts of new mechanisms for financing human action and investment. Together with new technological opportunities we see the emergence of new forms of financing.  Interesting solutions are found especially in emerging economies. Bitcoins emerged as a pure digital form of financing,and  other initiatives act as intermediaries and bypass the banking functions and regulations. Community currencies are used by networks of small and medium sized enterprises and the local community. Crowdfunding became a popular way to establish direct links between enterprises, innovators, start ups and investors. The new SID-ISS Discussion Series for the Fall of 2016 explores the deeper background of these emerging forms and the resurgence of old forms of financing.

Spring 2016 ‘Understanding the Other’

The Spring 2016 Discussion Series ‘Understanding the Other’ wants to explore the underlying causes of current turmoil on refugees, conflicts and terrorism that are dominating the headlines. Major social and political unrest seems to affect everyone’s lives. Digging deeper into the social, political and cultural undercurrents can help to create a better understanding of each other. Topics that will be discussed are conflict in relation to anti-modern ideologies, shifts in economic power, the role of religion, inclusion and exclusion of “the other”, and the role of peace movements.

Fall 2015 ‘Global Advocacy and New Partnerships’

The Fall 2015 Discussion Series ‘Global Advocacy and New Partnerships’ seeked to explore the spectrum of lobbying and advocacy by identifying factors for successful advocacy strategies and addressing new ways of inter-sector cooperation. Issues that were discussed are related to dynamics between governments and NGOs as well as businesses and small producers, the role of research, and the debated relevance of internet and social media for advocacy.

2014 – 2015 ‘New Spaces for International Engagement’

2014-2015_slideshow (1)The 2014-2015 SID Monthly Discussion Series ‘New Spaces for International Engagement’ at the ISS welcomed anyone interested in discussing matters related to international cooperation and current global affairs.  Students, representatives of (international) organisations, NGOs and representatives of the government came to listen to national and international speakers share their expertise in relation to international development and cooperation.
In 2014-2015 we continued with the Bread & Brains series at the Humanity House. We welcomed inspiring speakers such as Volker Türk (UNHCR), Mark Singleton (ICCT), Elisabeth van der Steenhoven (WO=MEN), Maria Silvia Gatta (European Commission) and H.E. Mr Arslan (Turkish Ambassador in The Netherlands).

2013 – 2014 ‘Dispersed Power in a World in Transition’

The 2013 – 2014 SID Lecture Series ‘Dispersed Power in a World in Transition’ consisted of two parts. In Part I we focussed on the increasing power of urban areas and regional blocks, on  South-South and tri-angular cooperation and the response of the Netherlands to these changing patterns of international relations. From February 2014 onwards the focus was on the power of citizens and communities in international relations.
In 2013-2014 we continued with the Bread & Brains series at the Humanity House. We welcomed inspiring speakers such as Jan Pronk (ISS), Rob Wainwright (Europol), Julia Sebutinde (ICJ), Eduard Nazarski (Amnesty International) & Peter Sawczak (OPCW).
In cooperation with CNV and the Worldconnectors Working Group on Labour, SID NL started a series of roundtable discussions aimed to suggest policy recommendations to reverse the consequences of the ‘global labour crisis’.

2012 – 2013 ‘More than 50 Years of ODA: Lessons Learned and New Approaches’

2012-2013The 2012 – 2013 SID Lecture Series consisted of part one ‘More Than 50 Years of ODA: Lessons Learned and New Approaches’, and part two ‘The Private Sector and Development: a Sustainable Future’. Find video interviews with J. Brian Atwood (OECD), Denis Broun (UNITAID), Manzoor Hasan (BRAC University), Jan Peter Balkenende (DSGC), Ingrid Holmes (E3G), and Oshani Perera (IISD).
This year we also lauched the Bread & Brains lunch series in cooperation with the Humanity House in The Hague. Speakers included former Chief of Defence of The Netherlands Peter van Uhm, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Special Envoy Natural Resources Jaime de Bourbon Parme, President of The Hague Institute of Global Justice Abodiun Williams, and President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song.
On 7 March 2013 SID organised the conference ‘The Future of International Cooperation’ in The Hague, which marked the closing of the 2012-2013 consultation process ‘Beyond ODA: towards a new perspective on international cooperation for development: new actors, new instruments’.

2011 – 2012 ‘The State in a Globalising World’


In the 2011 – 2012 SID Lecture Series  ‘The State in a Globalising World’,  the problems addressed were related to the enforcement of global values and norms by states, which are in the current world order, despite significant power shifts, still indispensable in making international treaties and conventions a reality on the ground and providing global public goods. Speakers included Alcides Costa Vaz (University of Brasilia), Ummu Salma Bava (JNU, Delhi), James Cameron (Climate Change Capital), and Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper Magazine). The closing conference was organised in cooperation with the African Studies Centre and Vitens Evides International and dealt with the role of the state versus the private sector and other actors in providing water in Africa.
Also included are the reports of the SID-ISS Lecture Series on Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth with Kevin Cleaver (IFAD), Olivier de Schutter (UN Special Rapporteur on the Fight to Food), and Camilla Toulmin (IIED), information on the 8th Knowledge for Development Conference, and a lecture by Jan Kregel on Lessons from the Euro Crisis.

2010 – 2011 ‘Global Values in a Changing World’

Global values in a changing world

The 2010 – 2011 SID Lecture Series focused on ‘Global Values in a Changing world’. In an attempt to establish a world in which people’s basic rights and needs are provided for, International treaties, conventions, and declarations have been developed, and an increasing number of states, including those in the South, have ratified them and incorporated them into national legislation. Speakers included Inge Kaul (Hertie School of Governance), David Booth (ODI), Paul Collier (Oxford University), and Shi Yinhong (Renmin University of China). The closing conference hosted influential experts such as Jack Donnelly (University of Denver), Meghna Abraham (Amnesty International), and David Forsythe (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
In addition SID organised a lecture on the aftermath of the Durban Climate Conference with Praful Bidwai. Other activities included a Climate and Agriculture Strategy meeting, a lecture by Purnima Mane on Women, Security and Peace, outcomes of the Global Land Rush Seminar and a summary of the Kapuscinski Lecture by Daniel Bach on the EU Strategic Partnership with Africa. Finally there is an overview of the European Development Cooperation to 2020 Project.

2009 – 2010 ‘Common Goods in a Divided World’


The 2009 – 2010 SID Lecture Series ‘Common Goods in a Divided World’ addressed the questions how in an increasingly multipolar world, current and future political actors will deal with and respond to the complex process of global change and readjustment. Will the transition to multipolarity take shape along traditional political lines, or will it be seized as an opportunity for global cooperation and for a move towards a more sustainable and equitable world system?
In addition, SID Netherlands organised a series of lectures on The Population Question and Development. Under this overarching theme six separate although mutually related sub-themes were explored. All these sub-themes were viewed from a culture, gender and religion sensitive human rights perspective.