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

Latin America/Caribbean Workgroup

Meet the Workgroup Co-Chair


Cecilia Ciepiela-Kaelin

President, AIS-Development Corp

Cecilia is an international development expert and business owner with over 25 years of experience creating new ways to think about and solve the complex challenges of equitable socio-economic development and climate change.  She has advised the Panamanian opposition to Noriega; designed a $30m White-House mandated reconciliation program in Bosnia; negotiated partnerships with Russian regional governments; designed and implemented USAID’s first SMS-based market information systems; and served as Senior Economic Advisor for USAID/Iraq and USAID/Yemen, and as Vice President at a Fortune 500 company.  

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Sergio Cambronero

President & CEO, NetAssessment Inc. 

Over the past two and a half decades, he has been involved a broad range of initiatives funded by bilateral and multilateral agencies, hosting substantive technical contributions in areas such as educational modernization and reform, local economic development, gender mainstreaming and strengthening democratic governance. His work has spanned contrasting settings throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond, also including some early work in support of the advancement of democracy and human rights. Benefiting from this wide professional lens, he has successfully crafted a unique focus on the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems.

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Past Events

November 10, 2015

Exploring the Role of the Private Sector in Development: Market-Based Models for Clean Energy in Latin America

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September 16, 2015

Albert Einstein and the Changing Geo-Political Map of Latin America and the Caribbean

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April 21, 2014

The Use of Special Development Regions to Improve Governance in Honduras and Beyond

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Our mission is to create a forum to exchange ideas and information and to offer networking opportunities for groups and individuals interested in the region. Our goal is to promote better understanding of the region by fostering dialogue, helping to mobilize support and resources to tackle challenges facing the region, promoting new initiatives, and creating and maintaining linkages between the international community and governments, the private sector, civil society, local communities, and practitioners.

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Become a member of SID-Washington’s Latin America / Caribbean Workgroup on LinkedIn to connect with members, keep up-to-date on news, and help brainstorm ideas for future events.

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Annual Workgroup Programs Reports

2014 Annual Programs Report

2012 Annual Programs Report

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