SID is an international network of individuals and organizations founded in 1957 to promote social justice and foster democratic participation in the development process. Through locally-driven programmes and activities, SID strengthens collective empowerment, facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing on people-centered development strategies, and promotes policy change towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability. SID has over 30 chapters and 3,000 members in more than 50 countries. The secretariat has three offices in Dar es-Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) and Rome (Italy).
SID enjoys the highest consultative status, Category I, with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). SID additionally maintains consultative status with IFAD, ILO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF.