Australian Aid funded programs:
AVI’s partnership with SIDT started with the placement of AVI volunteer Community Development worker Albert Barelds in 1982.
This volunteer position initially focused on training up rural-based Mobile Teams who delivered a range of training programs.
This has eventually evolved into the development of roles to strengthen the systems of SIDT, provide capacity development in specialised skills in community development, drama, media and other programs.
Since 1982 AVI has placed over 30 volunteers with SIDT.
In September 2011 AVI and AidWorthy worked together to capture the story of the Solomon Islands Development Trust.
The project aimed to understand the survival and growth of this local non-government organisation (NGO) and the contribution of AVI volunteers to SIDT.
The Australian Foundation for the Asia Pacific (AFAP) is an independent secular, not-for-profit, fully accredited Australian non-government organisation (NGO) that was founded in 1968 and incorporated in the state of NSW in 1983.
Their mission is to be a leading agent for poverty alleviation through innovative and appropriate community-based development.
Building on their work in the Solomon Islands, AFAP continues with partner the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) on the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project.
This project is concerned with the promotion of peace, working with community leaders to enable them to express and bring up their concerns at a provincial and national level.
The Pacific Leadership Program (an Australian Aid funded program) supports the Solomon Islands Development Trust in the implementation of the Village Save program.
This program works to promote inclusive village planning for all members of the village, create links between local provincial leadership and governance structures as well as help villagers to create the change they want to see in their community.
The Village Save program is also instrumental in creating productive links between rural communities and provincial and national government, by facilitating forums between communities and their elected officials to build mutual understanding and increased representation of village level issues at provincial and national level.
The European Union has been a key funding partner for the Solomon Islands Development Trust in 2014 in support of the EU Voter Awareness Program.
This support from the European Union has allowed SIDT to promote and carry out voter awareness training in all nine provinces in the country including the remote provinces of Temotu and Renbell.