Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seattle Chapter SID Event on Women's Health & Empowerment

Seattle Chapter, SID Event
January 29 or 30, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Imagine a woman in Ghana leaving the clinic with her newborn.  She has been prepped on what she needs to do when she gets home. But, once home, she can’t spare the taxi fare to return to the clinic for support,  and the leaders in her community think that the measures she was taught at the clinic are too costly and not in line with tradition.  Is this a health issue?  Or an economic justice issue?  Or both?

The Seattle Chapter of SID is partnering with the SID Washington, DC Chapter (  to produce a bi-coastal discussion on recent breakthroughs at the intersection of health and women’s economic empowerment.  Each Chapter will feature two speakers who will share recent breakthroughs.  The discussion will include conversation from both cities  so that Chapter members in each location will be able to participate with both sets of speakers and each other via video feed.  We are currently looking for the best site and speakers. Please check our website for updates.  The event will take place either January 29 or 30, depending on speaker and site availability… updates soon.

The Seattle SID Chapter is dedicated to breaking down the silos in the practice of international development.  Seattle SID is intended to be a “home” for development professionals to come together across the boundaries of their organizations to share their experiences, learn from each other, and foster a more inclusive conversation about the art and practice of Development.

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in the topics of health and women’s economic empowerment.  For more information please contact


According to the World Bank’s World Development Report 2012, which focuses on gender equality, the world’s 3.5 billion woman and girls still face an uneven playing field in education, employment, earnings, and decision-making power. The report shows that gender inequality comes with a cost, while equality for women can create economic opportunities and boost efficiency and productivity. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education, and markets that men do, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million. For these reasons SID has focused on  Woman and Economic Justice to look at how women’s economic empowerment links to other development areas.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

An insider’s look at the InterAmerican Development Bank --- Nov 12 Seattle SID Meeting

At our November 12 meeting, Caroline Clarke, Seattle SID member, will talk about working in Latin America and the Caribbean for the IDB, giving us a chance to learn about the InterAmerican Development Bank, one of the three regional development banks in the world.

During her short talk, Carolyn will give an overview of the Bank, (its mission/governance, how they finance, how they decide what to do) plus a flavor of what it’s like working there.  She’ll help us get a personal look at a new direction that is trending with the IDB now – namely partnerships, and especially partnerships with corporations to solve problems neither the IDB nor the corporations can solve on their own.  Caroline will answer questions following her talk.

Following Caroline's presentation we will discuss the SID event calendar for the year and our links with the Washington DC SID office (

The Seattle SID meeting will be held at Sightlife, 221 Yale Ave, Suite 450.  You can enter through Vivace Coffee.  Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Our First Seattle Puget Sound SID Meeting - Monday, September 10th!

Our founding meeting will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 7 to about 9 p.m. at the SightLife facility located at 221 Yale Avenue, Suite 450, Seattle 98109.  This facility is across from REI, north of downtown Seattle.  Thank you SightLife for generously donating this space for our use!

The meeting will be free to all for this first meeting. If you would like to join our chapter, you can pay your $45 dues at the meeting.

All are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Executive Board Meets for the First Time as Chapter in Formation - July 10, 2012

The Executive Board of the Seattle SID Chapter met on July 10, 2012 at the home of our chair, Monika Aring.  We announced that the International SID organization had designated our chapter as a Chapter in Formation.  We had completed all necessary steps to be authorized to form a SID chapter in our area.  

Each board member took on responsibility for various items, including gathering dues, finding venues for meetings, and coordinating with other like-minded organizations.  The board also developed a calendar of events, with monthly meetings and quarterly speakers forums. For more information, please go to the Board section of this website and read the minutes for the July 10, 2012 meeting.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



I'm Monika Aring, President of the Seattle Puget Sound SID Chapter, and so excited to welcome you to this website.  We have a fantastic executive team and our membership is growing rapidly.  So SID tight!

As a new Chapter in the Seattle region we can be linked to all the other SID chapters around the world.    We look forward to providing you, our members, with many valuable services.  For starters, we're creating monthly professional development/networking meetings where we ask two of our members to go into some depth explaining what they do.  We'll hold quarterly forums where we work with other SID chapters to explore topics of interest to the entire development community.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Seattle SID Chapter - We're the "other" Washington!

You have reached the site for the Seattle Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for International Development. We are located in Washington State - on the other side of the United States from our nation's capital in Washington, D.C.

While the Washington, D.C. chapter is the largest and most active SID chapter in the world, the Seattle SID Chapter aspires to be at the cutting edge of new conversations and new solutions in the world of global development.  Our chapter seeks to promote peace, prosperity, and freedom around the world by encouraging international development. We hope you'll join us!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Welcome to the Seattle Puget Sound SID Chapter!

We are the Seattle Puget Sound chapter of the Society for International Development ("SID"). SID is a non-profit organization founded in 1957 and headquartered in Rome, Italy. We are part of a global forum of individuals and institutions concerned with sustainable economic, social, and political development with thousands of members worldwide. In May of 2012, the founding members of the Seattle Puget Sound chapter met on beautiful Vashon Island and created this local chapter. Our mission is to bring together people who strive to make a difference in the world through development. We take a holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to development. We welcome anyone interested in bringing peace, prosperity, and freedom to the world to join our organization. We will announce future meetings and events on this site. Feel free to "LIKE" our Facebook page, and subscribe to this blog by clicking "SUBSCRIBE" on the right. Come join the conversation that will change the world. JOIN Seattle SID today!