SDIA facilitates communication between its members and promotes outreach to other development agencies. Within the Association, we coordinate one or more SD Networking meetings per year in order to share experiences and good practices, and to participate in the democratic process.  These meetings enable us to learn from each other on both the inner and outer levels, build our capacity to achieve impactful projects, explain to others what we do and make decisions as a network.

On the international stage, SDIA maintains consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Department of Public Information, NGO Section (DPI). The Environmental Sustainability Mentoring project grew out of our attendance at the UN Earth Summit in Brazil in 2012 and supports selected members with technical advice and resources to improve their environmental practices. The objective is to bring information and knowledge from international fora to the project level.

SDIA members around the world worked to protect human rights and support the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a global partnership to reduce extreme poverty with targets bound to a 2015 deadline.  With the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by world leaders in 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, SDIA will be promoting their implementation as part of the Network’s activities.