The Society for International Development (SID), founded in Washington, D.C. in 1957, is a global forum of individuals and institutions concerned with sustainable economic, social, and political development. Now in its 50th Anniversary year, SID has over 3,000 members in 125 countries and over 65 local chapters worldwide – with the largest chapter in Washington, D.C. It works with more than 100 associations, networks, and institutions involving academics, parliamentarians, students, political leaders, and development experts, both at the local- and international- levels. This makes SID one of the very few organizations that has a holistic, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to development and social change.
Taking full advantage of its location in the financial and policy capital of the international development community, SID-Washington is the most active chapter worldwide and is often referred to as the flagship of the organization. SID-Washington is committed to three principal objectives:
1) to stimulate dialogue and cooperation on global development issues
2) to enhance skills, knowledge and understanding among development practitioners
3) to provide a network for individuals and organizations working in various sectors of international development
SID achieves its mission as a forum for the development community through a newsletter, workgroups, and special programs and events. The SID-Washington Chapter has nearly 1,000 individual members including administrators, consultants, students, economists, technical specialists, diplomats, and academics.