SIDT is the oldest indigenous NGO in the Solomon Islands with a long history of working with villagers to improve their quality of life. This has led to a strong identity in the country, where communities and external organisations are happy and willing to work with SIDT. Over its history, SIDT has worked in many different areas of development work, which has resulted in a breadth of experience and resources that enables the organisation to use many different tools in its work – including trainings and workshops, drama, radio, print and audio visual information resources, training and workshops that have been developed and polished over many years to suit the culture and environment of the Solomon Islands and staff that are experienced and versatile.
In the past two years, SIDT has worked hard, with the support of partners such as the Australian Foundation for the Asia Pacific, the Foundation for the People of the South Pacific International and Australian Volunteers International to improve their financial and administration skills.
SIDT’s Board is one of the strengths of the organisation – with a membership of six important Solomon Island institutions plus a community representative. SIDT’s Board have a diverse range of skills and experience with which to guide the organisation. The Board’s membership is comprised of one representative from each of the following: the Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW), two financial institutions the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF), the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), Ministry of Home Affairs representing government and one village representative.
SIDT has established an archive which stores the organisation’s information ranging from 1980 to the present day. The Community Sector Program and Pacific Leadership Program, through AusAID (now DFAT) , helped SIDT set up the archives. SIDT will continue to put together an organisational archive system.