If you are an active practitioner in the field of international development, ... the SID Washington, D.C. Chapter is a 'must' group for you. No other organization follows the unfolding events of development as closely or completely...

- Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Transatlantic Taskforce on Development, German Marshall Fund

I joined SID-Washington because it offers a collaborative platform for sharing good ideas, strategic relationships and innovative solutions that are critical for developing effective responses to the challenges of globalization.

- Kristi Ragan, Strategic Advisor to USAID Global Development Alliance, DAI

I am very grateful to SID-Washington. As a 30-year member of the organization, I applaud SID-Washington’s commitment, to airing multiple perspectives on controversial and timely issues...SID-Washington’s proven ability to assemble diverse groups and fine minds to discuss and debate important issues with passion and mutual respect is an enormous contribution.

-Larry Cooley, President, Management Systems International

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Upcoming Events

Africa Development Forum Event

July 28, 2014

Implementing the UN Development Agenda: A Model for Sustainable Development in Africa

Following a video featuring the work of Practical Small Projects in Mali, this brown bag lunch event will feature an informal discussion on models and strategies for advancing UN development goals in Africa.

Africa Development Forum Event

July 29, 2014

Investing in Africa: New Opportunities for Growth & Prosperity

Join us for a conversation with practitioners from a USAID-funded Kenya program, private investors and the Corporate Council on Africa on how trade policy, foreign aid, development finance and private investment can be combined to lead to fair and equitable growth for ordinary citizens in Africa.

Africa Development Forum Event

July 29, 2014

The Human Rights Implications of Female Genitalia Mutilation

This panel will feature Sarah Craven, Chief – UNFPA – Washington Liaison Office and UNA-NCA Advisory Council Member; Sandra Jordan, Senior Technical Advisor of External Affairs – Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID; Gannon Gillespie (invited), Director of Strategic Development – Tostan.

Africa Development Forum Event

July 31, 2014

What should African Leaders know to accelerate the achievement and sustainability of health goals in the post 2015 agenda?

Panelists will discuss the lessons they have learned from their experiences and efforts working towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Designed to make a significant contribution to the upcoming African Leaders Summit, the panel will focus on ways leaders can leverage existing initiatives and experience to ensure healthy lives for every African.

Africa Development Forum Event

July 31, 2014

Prospecting for Sustainability, Equity and Resilience: Africa’s Challenges and Opportunities

This event will focus on the changing landscape of policy and action across Africa and globally on the issues at the intersection of development, sustainability and equity. Specifically, discussions of this event will focus on current issues such as climate-resilient development, resource rights and gender specific policy making. 

Africa Development Forum Event

August 1, 2014

Demography and Development: Youth and the Future for Africa’s Development

Africa’s rate of economic growth has exceeded the global average over the last decade. Yet high growth has not been sufficient to guarantee productive employment for all. Large sections of the population, and particularly the young, have been left behind. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit presents an opportune time to consider approaches to more inclusive, employment-creating and sustainable growth strategies, with particular attention to the special needs of youth. 

Africa Development Forum Event

August 1, 2014

Luncheon discussion with Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki (CEO, NEPAD)

Dr. Mayaki will address the current situation and prospects for development progress in Africa, underscoring a question pertinent to the Africa Leaders Summit – Whose Agenda? Dr. Mayaki was Prime Minister of Niger from 1997 to 2000.

Africa Development Forum Event

August 5, 2014

African Summit Symposium on Science, Technology and Innovation for Development in Africa

The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s PEER Program, will host a symposium on science, technology, and innovation (STI) in Africa as a side event to President Obama’s US-African Leaders Summit.

SID-Washington & Washington Network Group Joint Event

August 20, 2014

International Networking Reception

Please join the Washington Network Group (WNG) and the Society for International Development - Washington, DC Chapter (SID-W), when we convene our next signature event, organized so that our guests may "gather, grip, and grin" for shameless networking purposes.

SID-Washington Activities

Our Mission: Advancing equitable development by bringing diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, policies and practices that will shape our global future.


Annual Gala Dinner

Career Fair

Chapter Events


Annual Conference

SID-Washington was deeply saddened to learn of the crash of Malaysia Flight MH17. It took a particularly high toll on the international development community as over 100 passengers were traveling to attend the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. All of us in the SID-Washington community extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these individuals, as well as those of the other passengers and crew.

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