One of the reasons why I’ve always loved interpreting is that I sometimes get to be at the core of where important matters are discussed and real (good) change can be made, provided that all stakeholders are ready to make things happen.
Yesterday’s meetings were no exception and I came away with the sentiment that at least some people in high places are really trying to make the world a better place for all, and not just for a minority.
2008 is an interesting year. The official recognition by the World Bank last year that structural adjustment policies were not working in developing countries, the emergence of China and its growing ties with Africa, climate change, food riots earlier this year, expectations arising from the presidential election in the United States, all combine to create a climate that is very different from that of the last decades. Agriculture, which up until now wasn’t considered as a very sexy topic, especially with urban populations, is rising again. There is a window of opportunity and we are probably coming to a turning-point.
What will come out of all this? We’ll have to wait and see. But it’s good to feel part of it, in a constructive way.