About SID-US

Mission Statement

To bring diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, innovations, policies and practices, advancing equitable development.


Who We Are

SID-US (formerly SID-Washington), a US-based 501(c)3, is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development (SID), an international network founded in 1957 to serve as a global forum dedicated to sustainable economic, social and political development. Through the locally-driven programs of our member organizations and individuals, the majority of whom work on the front lines of development, we are uniquely positioned to inform and promote more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable international development.  Our network includes chapters and individual members in more than 50 countries. The Secretariat has offices in Dar es-Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), and Rome (Italy).

Our individual and institutional members include development professionals from NGOs, the private sector, bilateral and multilateral institutions, think tanks, embassies, and universities. Our expansive membership contributes to the dynamic exchange of ideas and information that lies at the heart of SID-United States.


What We Do

We are a membership-driven knowledge organization bringing together people from diverse organizations, disciplines, and career stages in a neutral, independent forum to discuss important issues in international development -- a "global town square."  This unique space cuts across all sectors of development covering humanitarian, stabilization, transition and long-term development.  We work to enrich the exchange of knowledge and development innovation through unique programs, events, outreach and networking activities.

As a “town square” for the global development community, we pursue our mission through thematic workgroups, chapter events, and special programs.  We also hold annual flagship events, including a major Conference on trends and issues in international development, a nationally recognized Career Fair for entry-level and mid-level professionals, and an Annual Dinner that celebrates standout achievements in our field and brings together  thought leaders to address our community directly.