Democracy, Elections and Human Rights
In October 2007, the SDI received funding from the government of United States of America through the Democracy and Human Rights Funds (DHRF). The programme supported a radio phone-in programme (Demokalase Yathu) on MIJ FM radio station and established radio listening clubs in five districts. It advocated for access rural people to development and basic needs.
In 2008 SDI received Support from GTZ Forum for Dialogue and Peace. SDI successfully implemented a Youth Project to sensitise college student in 8 major public and private Universities in Malawi on issues of Conflict resolution and Youth participation in governance Issues.
In May 2009, SDI through its programme Demokalase Yathu conducted civic and voter education with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Chikhwawa district prior to the Malawi presidential and parliamentary elections. Through the PPE Support Project, SDI was given two constituencies namely; Chikwawa South and Nkombezi Constituencies.
SDI is accredited by Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct civic and voter education and elections monitoring for the coming 2019 Tripartite Elections in Malawi. In 2017, SDI observed by-elections in Lilongwe and Nsanje districts witnessing firsthand the electoral preparations (inspecting polling materials), voting, and counting of ballots. The organization is also a founding and executive member of Mtendere Elections Support Network (Mtendere Network) , a registered network of 17 independent, non-partisan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which aims at promoting and supporting free, fair and credible elections