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

October 28, 2014

Gender in Development Workgroup

Innovations to End Violence Against Women: The Unique Approach of the UN Trust Fund

During the panel discussion, representatives of the UN Trust Fund will discuss the Fund’s application, selection, and grant monitoring processes and two grantees

October 28, 2014

Governance, Corruption & Rule of Law Workgroup

Why your project is doomed to fail unless it is based on a meaningful political analysis:  a discussion about applying political economy analysis to improve development outcomes

The purpose of this discussion is to share experiences on how PEA has been utilized by donors and implementers to improve programming.  

October 30, 2014

Education in Development Workgroup Event

Education Innovations in Pakistan:A look at DFID Programs

The SID-Washington Education Workgroup is pleased to host a conversation that will focus on the challenges that Pakistan is facing to reach out 25 million children out of school; 50 percent of whom are girls.

October 30, 2014

SID-Washington Chapter Event

Sorting Through Shared Value

Join us for a SID-Washington chapter event to discuss how major corporations, foundations, and NGOs are thinking about building a better world.

November 4, 2014

International Health & Nutrition Workgroup Event

Sustainable Governance: From Rhetoric to Action: Engaging Women as a Means for Stronger Health Systems and Greater Health Outcomes

More details to follow. 

November 13, 2014

Institutional Member Event

Country Ownership - How Should It be Measured and Implemented?

A discussion between SID-Washington institutional members and Tessie San Martin and Rodney Bent of both SID-Washington and MFAN on Local Counry Ownership to help inform MFAN's paper on this topic

This event is open to SID-W Institutional Members only

December 9, 2014

Institutional Member Event

Understanding USAID's Development Innovation Accelerator (DIA) - A Discussion with Bruce McFarland

A discussion between SID-Washington institutional members and Bruce McFarland of USAID's Development Innovation Accelerator (DIA).

This event is open to SID-W Institutional Members only

December 17, 2014

Annual Event

2014 Annual Gala Dinner

SID-Washington will present its Award for Leadership in Development to Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, at its annual Gala Dinner to acknowledge her considerable achievements in international development.

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 Dinner

Career Fair

Chapter Events


Annual Conference

In Memoriam
Carol Lancaster

SID-Washington mourns the loss of former board member Carol Lancaster, former Dean of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. In her three decades at Georgetown, Carol inspired many generations of international development practitioners, published numerous books and articles on foreign policy and foreign aid, and oversaw the creation of the Global Human Development and Asian Studies masters programs, as well as the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She served with distinction as the first female USAID Deputy Administrator, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, and was an Africa scholar. She remained an active and admired member of the SID-W board and community for many years and will be sorely missed.

2014 Annual Gala Dinner 

The 2014 SID-Washington Annual Gala Dinner is taking place on Wednesday, December 17th.


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