Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Languages are dynamic because people and their culture constantly adapt in response to the world around them. Language development is a tool that can help build a communication bridge between local and global communities.
SIL works in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, governmental agencies and local communities to address the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.
Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals
“Language is the key to inclusion. Language is at the center of human activity, self-expression and identity. Recognizing the primary importance that people place on their own language fosters the kind of true participation in development that achieves lasting results." UNESCO Bangkok 2012Why Language Matters for the Millennium Development Goals (Brochure)
UNESCO-Bangkok and LEAD Asia (SIL) produced an abbreviated version (6 pages) of the above. “It is increasingly being recognized that progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is not happening equitably. Many of the low-income communities in which more progress is needed live in complex language situations. Choosing the best language in which to engage with these marginalized communities is key to achieving the remaining MDGs."