Welcome to Social Development Direct

Social Development Direct is a leading international provider of social development consultancy and research services. SDDirect is based in London and was established in 1999 as a small network of leading independent consultants and researchers committed to working with government and non-governmental organisations to improve the quality and impact of development assistance. We are committed to the eradication of poverty, global inequality and injustice and work with development partners in the north and south to this end. SDDirect is now an international network of over 200 professionals with expertise in social development, gender, human rights, political science, conflict and peace building, and governance with an in-house team of 10 social development specialists.

At the cutting edge >> DFID Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk

An SDDirect-led consortium, including ActionAid, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Womankind, and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), is delighted to be managing the DFID contract ‘Tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG): Scaling up programme support to UK staff' - The Violence Against Women and Girls Helpdesk.


At the cutting edge >> Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality through Strengthening Primary Health Care in South Africa

SDDirect is delighted to be working as a partner on The Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality through Strengthening Primary Health Care in South Africa (RMCH) programme, working with the South African National Department of Health to help stem the tide of unnecessary deaths among pregnant women, infants and young children.

Consultant profile >> Barry Smith

Barry Smith is a senior consultant with SDDirect with more than 30 years of multi-sector experience. His key areas of expertise include: civil society strengthening, citizen voice and empowerment; social accountability, governance and pro-poor policy development; partnerships and collaborative leadership; philanthropy and foundation building; dialogue and process facilitation; and programme design, strategy and evaluation.