CAPCharles Patterson has been SID's Executive Director since 1994. From 1973 to 1988, Mr. Patterson was executive director of Planning Assistance, an organization that sought to improve the planning and management of international development programs. Mr. Patterson was responsible for designing and implementing the collaborative planning and management of regional development projects as well as sectoral programs carried out by a number of organizations. He was also responsible for the design and implementation of several programs to increase the contribution of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the development of their countries. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Patterson was Planning Assistance's country director for Bolivia, where he directed a program of technical assistance to NGOs as well as a program to increase citizen participation in the decision-making of their local governments.

Mr. Patterson began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. He was also the operations and training officer for Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland for the Peace Corps. Thereafter, he established a national training department and program for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He also helped establish the Federation's international division and program (Family Planning International Assistance).

Mr. Patterson holds a Certificate in Economic Planning and Development, a master's degree in economics, and a bachelor's degree in history, all from New York University.

SID appreciates the generous support of all of its sponsors. Currently, SID is funded by foundations, individual donors, and multilateral donors.

Current foundation contributors include Andrew B. Young Foundation, Bancker Williams Foundation, Geisse Foundation, Helen Bader Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, Moriah Fund, Perú Opportunity Fund (formerly known as Hampshire), S.G. Foundation, Tinker Foundation, The West Foundation, Inc. and Weyerhauser Family Foundation.

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SID is looking for volunteers to help in the Central Office as well as in our Country Offices on a rolling basis. If you are interested in volunteering please send your resume and cover letter to Ms. Judith Russo at

The goal of SID's program in the Dominican Republic is to increase the number of rural small businesses that use solar, hydroelectric, biomass or wind energy as their principal source of energy. We address this goal by helping to create a fully commercial market for renewable energy.

We help small agricultural enterprises and rural eco-tourist hotels to learn the market, suppliers, costs and benefits of solar power and other renewable energy. We also help them assess their needs for electricity and the costs of meeting them through solar and other renewable sources. We then assist small businesses as they use business plans to decide whether or not to adopt renewable energy, to obtain credit for purchasing systems, and to purchase the most advantageous system at the best price.

Electrical energy has been a major problem in the Dominican Republic for several decades. The costs for electrical energy provided through the national grid are extremely high, and there are frequent blackouts. Conversely, there are a number of suppliers that install solar systems, two suppliers manufacture solar panels, and the costs of solar panels is dropping. In addition, there are suppliers that install biomass systems for producing gas for cooking, light, and drying crops. The Dominican Republic is an ideal country in which to establish a fully commercial market for renewable energy.