For over 50 years, SID has piloted many initiatives that have become common place in development speak and practice.
SID has been at the forefront of international policy dialogues on themes such as environment, women in development, sustainable livelihoods, the concept of human development, serving as an incubator for innovative development concepts. Today SID continues to act as facilitator of new ideas and critical thinking through the promotion of research analysis and policy dialogues, with a multi-actor and holistic approach, on economic progress and social inclusion, gender equity, human sustainable development, new development paradigms.
SID maintains a strong link to policy dialogue and practice within its programming. Programmes and activities are carried out by the international secretariat (with headquarters in Rome, Nairobi and Dar) and by chapters located worldwide.