Development & Education

The experience of the latihan can make one more aware of the common humanity of all people, and for this reason, the World Subud Association has as an aim to relieve human poverty and deprivation. Subud members from around the world have initiated or work in community and other social welfare development projects.

A common focus of many of these projects is on the individual person and their empowerment to obtain their full potential.

The Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA) is an affiliate of the WSA and has as its mission to promote just and sustainable development. It has a membership of 45 development projects and 23 national SD organizations. Since 1989, SDIA has held consultative status with the United National Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). Since 2000, SDIA has been affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information, NGO Section.

The mission of the SDIA is to relieve human suffering and promote just and sustainable development through:
  • Partnerships and support for grassroots, participatory development and humanitarian initiatives;
  • Empowering individuals and communities to engage in positive human, social and economic change;
  • Raising awareness of global issues and inter-dependence.
SDIA defines four thematic areas in which our projects work, with some projects working in more than one area at a time. They are:
  • Education and Child Development
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Community Development and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Protecting the Environment
Sustainable development often involves the transformation of the lives of individuals and their communities through education since education is a process of enabling people to develop their full human potential. See the Susila Dharma web site related to this.

Learn more about our programmes: Brochure 2013

Subud members have educational projects thus broadly conceived in Asia, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. They consist of schools, community training centers for sustainable livelihood, child development programs, daycare centers and educational programs through the arts.
The Human Force initiative is designed to bring a group of enthusiastic volunteers together with a project that needs them for specific tasks for a short period. As well as working, volunteers have a chance to learn about themselves and development issues. At the same time, projects benefit from volunteer labour and have the opportunity to raise their profile, locally, nationally and internationally. To read more or to become a volunteer, visit the youth page herein. (Photo: tug-of-war at 2011 camp in Indonesia)
SDIA MID-TERM REVIEW, February 2012: “What may be important to clarify is who we are and what we do…”

SDIA 2013 Annual Report: English, French, Spanish
SDIA 2012 Annual Report English
SDIA 2011 Annual Report English, French, Spanish
SDIA Annual Reports 2010, 2009; 2008

There is an educators listserver. Any Subud member interested in education may join the list by writing to
A Subud Network for Sustainable Development listserver also exists. For information or to join write to Max Potter in the United Kingdom at You may read more about the listserver.