SID-Washington 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.  The network is spread across more than 30 chapters and 3,000 members in more than 50 countries. The Secretariat has offices in Dar es-Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), and Rome (Italy).

What They Do:

The membership-driven knowledge organization bringings 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.  They 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, SID pursues a mission through regional and thematic work groups, monthly chapter events, and special programs.  SID also holds 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 their community directly.