As the country's primary proponent of community level development, SIDT works to design and implement participatory projects that build capacity within existing village governance structures. Self-reliance is a key value.
SIDT works at village level in seven provinces, as well as in Honiara, providing Solomon Islanders with essential information and training to develop healthy standards of living, sustainable use of resources, better access to services, and inclusive leadership which encourages villagers to work together for the good of their community.
SIDT's offices are located in the historic Chinatown area of Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara. With a growing population of around 100,000, Honiara is home to the country’s government buildings, commercial centre and sea port, as well as a National Museum, art gallery, markets, botanic gardens and beaches. Diving, snorkelling, hiking and bush-walking are all popular pastimes, with the islands boasting extraordinary marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Honiara is something of a melting pot for the more than 70 living languages spoken throughout the islands. While English is the official language, it is spoken by less than 2% of the population. The lingua franca is Solomons Pijin.
SIDT staff members need additional training and advisory support in collecting, creating and sharing multi-media information resources that contribute to the research and analysis of issues affecting the people of the islands, improving networking and advocacy activities, developing volunteer capacities, and further progressing content, management, and presentation of SIDT's FM radio station. There is also an important need to enhance the organisation's ability to attract vital funding to ensure its continued existence.