SID-Washington connects a diverse global forum of international development practitioners, serving as a knowledge broker for ideas and best practices. SID-Washington is a leading global development membership organization that provides a space for dialogue and bridges a dynamic community of individuals and institutions working in international development.
SID Washington is committed to three principal objectives:
Stimulate dialogue and cooperation on global development issues
Enhance skills, knowledge and understanding among development practitioners
Provide a network for individuals and organizations working in various sectors of international development
In pursuing this mission, SID-Washington:
Bridges diverse constituencies (including academia, policy makers, progressive business sector, and multilateral institutions).
Serves as a knowledge broker, supporting the generation, exchange and dissemination of ideas.
The Society for International Development (SID), founded in Washington, DC in 1957, is a global forum of individuals and institutions concerned with sustainable economic, social and political development. Today, SID has over 3,000 members in 125 countries and over 65 local chapters worldwide. It works with more than 100 associations, networks, and institutions involving parliamentarians, academics, students, political leaders, and development experts, both at local and international levels. This makes SID one of the very few organizations with a holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to development. SID Washington is the most active chapter worldwide and is often referred to as the flagship of the organization.
SID-Washington hosts numerous events every month around critical development issues. Past speakers include: Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, Undersecretary of State and Acting Administrator of USAID; Rep. Jim Kolbe, former Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; Mr. Ad Melkert, Under Secretary General of the UN and Associate Administrator of UNDP; Amb. John J. Danilovich, Chief Executive Officer, Millenium Challenge Corporation; Mr. Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done about It; Dr. William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good; Amb. John D. Negroponte, former Director of National Intelligence, Deputy Secretary of State; Dr. Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Rep. Nita Lowey, Chair, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; Mr. Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator, President's Special Envoy for Sudan; and Rep. David Obey, Chairman, House Appropriations Committee.