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In this paper, Ansari makes new meaningful connections between international contemporary academic debates on pluralism and democratic social transformation on the one hand and discourses circulating within Indian subaltern spaces on the other. Through a particular case study of ‘the pasmanda counterpublic’, Ansari aims to enrich the debates within civil society as well as open new possibilities for engagement with social change.

Recent demographics show that Indonesia’s future could well be shaped by a fast growing youth population. A government census conducted in 2010, shows that over 60 percent of the country’s population is younger than 40. At the same time, research suggests that that the social landscape of the country is changing in favour of religious conservatism. A number of surveys show evidence of youth susceptibility to intolerant values and even religious radicalism.

The paper starts with a brief introduction on the general context in which Ugandan universities are currently anchored as institutes for Higher Education in Africa and in Uganda in particular. Then the paper presents its main research findings and concludes that a number of cross-cutting realities have emerged. These realities and challenges, are thematically reviewed and highlight issues of ethnicity and language, religious affiliation, gender and economic status. The paper is full of quotes from those who were interviewed.

A Dilemma of Democratic Citizenship

A transcript of the public lecture by James Tully

Citizenship in the West is understood as a status of the individual incorporating rights and duties. However, this understanding of citizenship can also be viewed as a democratic deficiency of modern citizenship. In May 2010 James Tully, professor at UVic, gave a public lecture on this topic called "A Dilemma of Democratic Citizenship". In this lecture he explains that the dilemma arises when citizens try to respond to four major local and global problems of public goods today.

Allison Fine and Mariz Tadros on citizenship for change

a SID forum alert

As a follow up to the online launch of Development 55.2 'Citizenship for Change' in the following weeks DevelopmentPLUS will be featuring interviews and opinion pieces on the subject of citizenship, governance, social movements, the role of civil society and the new media. Featured this week: Allison Fine (Demos) and Mariz Tadros (IDS) for DevelopmenPLUS.

This brief report looks at the key issues raised during the intergenerational debate in The Hague on how to place people at the centre of economics. The meeting focused on how to establish collective responsibility for sustainable livelihoods in wake of the crises.

Building on an analysis of the crises by keynote speaker Rick van der Ploeg the panel and the audience sketched out how to resituate the market within society and how its regulation can be better placed in the hands of citizens. The meeting was chaired by Jan Pronk, President of SID.

The emergence of Kudumbashree (roughly translated as Blessed Family), as a powerful organisation of women from poorer households in Kerala, offers a promising modus operandi and modus vivendi to state-initiated schemes for poverty alleviation and social security. It had a modest beginning that over time grew into a significant socio-economic movement. Little wonder that the Kerala Government decided in the year of grace 1998 to implement all its poverty alleviation schemes and programmes through Kudumbashree.

In December 2008, the Indian Parliament passed a legislation called the Unorganised Workers Social Security Bill that mandated the Union Government to “formulate, from time to time, suitable welfare schemes for unorganised workers.” As part of this legislation, a schedule was attached that included two new schemes; one, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (national health insurance scheme) and the other, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (life insurance for the common man). In this paper, we undertake a review the former, known by its acronym RSBY.