SDIA assists our members and others we work with to improve their knowledge and skills in order to build their capacity to be effective agents of development. This strengthens the association and improves our results as civil society organizations.

Improving Skills

To improve the ability of our members to implement projects, we mentor and engage local trainers to assist with needs assessments, fundraising and project management, monitoring and evaluation.  We facilitate specific training events on good practices in the fields of health, education, community development and environmentally sustainable practices.

In recent years with assistance of SDIA and other partners, Susila Dharma Congo has become an NGO leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  SD Congo now constructs community led health centres negotiated with the communities they serve and various levels of governments. SD Congo is the international liaison for Congolese projects under its umbrella and administers all foreign funds for project support.

SDIA supported Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta to evaluate their work and deliver a local conference for all stakeholders on governance in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

With the support our funding partners, in 2014 SDIA launched a programme to identify strategies to improve quality education and care of children with projects in Indonesia, Paraguay, Colombia, DR Congo and Portugal.

Some of our project members provide training to fellow SDIA members and others –

The International Child Development Programme trains child care givers in the psychosocial development of children.

A Child’s Garden of Peace helps schools and other institutions to establish community gardens.

I Protect Me trains children and adults on violence prevention and self-protection strategies.

Knowledge-sharing and outreach

Every year SDIA organises an international networking conference in a different part of the world. During the conference our members and others who are interested in development work share experiences, expertise and best practices about issues that concern them. Through its links with United Nations agencies and other organisations, SDIA brings knowledge and information on worldwide development trends, ideas and news to our projects.

Read more about our networking activities.

Volunteering

Volunteers can engage to build the capacity of our members while experiencing a valuable learning opportunity for themselves. SDIA’s getInvolved! programme helps link people who have an interest in global development with Susila Dharma activities. It supports SDIA member organizations by sharing volunteers’ skills and knowledge, and gives people of all ages an opportunity to be part of meaningful and positive change through social, health, environmental and educational projects. SDIA’s getInvolved! prepares projects to receive volunteers and matches suitable volunteers with specific projects.

Volunteers can participate in the Human Force programme, our yearly short-term international camps, sign up to our consultant database, or commit to a long-term placement or internship in the field. Learn more here.