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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Past Events


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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Annual Workgroup Programs Reports

2014 Annual Programs Report

2012 Annual Programs Report

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