This is a guide to all things at the intersection of development, Singapore and social change. Fee free to edit it to improve it!


The development sector has in recent years taken a hit, with the closure of the regional offices for IDRC and Foundation for Development Cooperation, as well as the transition of GK Hope Initiative into GK1World (Singapore), a branch of Gawad Kalinga. However, the introduction of the Save The Children Asia Regional Office has also brought a significant number of development professionals to Singapore. The starting of a Development Drinks series of gatherings also holds promise.

See also Development Events.

Key People

Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Chan Yew Wing, Farheen Mukri, Goh Ann Tat, Greg Duly, Jack Sim, Jamie Bedson, Margaret Thevarakom, Michel Anglade, Rosalia Sciortino, Theodore Teo

International NGOs

Habitat for Humanity Singapore is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Save The Children Asia Regional Office in Singapore houses two of its seven regional headquarters which oversees 40% of its global programmes and covers core management of its operations in 15 countries across South & Central Asia and Southeast and East Asia.

World Toilet Organization is a global non- profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide.

World Vision Singapore is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

SG Organisations

Crisis Relief Singapore’s mission is to bring love and hope to victims in crisis-hit locations in practical ways, with particular attention to the disadvantaged, women and children.

Build Back Better is a not-for-profit organisation that designs and builds community-based educational facilities in developing countries especially in disaster affected communities. It engages the community in a participatory approach to rebuild their collapsed community structures in a better, safer and environmentally friendly way.

Engineering Good formerly Engineers Without Borders Asia) is a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that supports disadvantaged communities through humanitarian engineering. Overseas, we focus on appropriate technology for the base of the pyramid - low-cost, small-scale systems to meet basic needs such as water, energy, farming, and shelter. We partner with local organisations already working in appropriate technology on the ground, and work with them to strengthen their capacity.

International Voluntarism Association is a non-profit social enterprise which provides a platform for International Volunteer practitioners in Singapore to share with each other; their best practices, experiences, resources and information.

Lien Aid is a non-governmental organization that seeks to build a firm foundation for human development by making safe water and sanitation accessible and affordable to poor communities in Asia.

Mercy Relief was established in May 2001, in response to the human tragedies befalling mankind as a result of natural and man-made disasters. MR aims to promote a civil life of compassion, care and volunteerism amongst Man. MR strives to extend humanitarian services to all regardless of country, culture or creed.

Raleigh Society (Singapore) is dedicated to the development of youths through adventure-based service learning activities. Through overseas expeditions and local adventure projects, youths from all backgrounds and nationalities are encouraged and challenged to discover their full potential by working together on challenging environmental and community projects around the world.

Singapore International Foundation makes friends for a better world. It builds enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, harnessing these friendships to enrich lives and effect positive change. Its work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding. These exchanges inspire action and enable collaborations for good.

TOUCH Community Services International was set up to facilitate the delivery of crisis relief and community development services to communities outside of Singapore. It partners closely with local authorities and organisations of various countries in the areas of adoption of children, community development and humanitarian and crisis relief.

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