SIL's primary partnerships are with local language communities and with other agencies serving them.

In many locations, SIL has agreements

to provide expertise, training or consulting for language development with universities, government departments or local organizations involved in education, development or Christian service.

SIL has been an official NGO partner with UNESCO since 1993 and has had special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1997. SIL is a founding member of Maaya, the World Network for Linguistic Diversity.

SIL also partners with other faith-based organizations that are committed to the social and justice needs of minority peoples. SIL is a member of the Micah Network and the Forum of Bible Agencies International. Primary partners for funding and volunteer staff are organizations affiliated with Wycliffe Global Alliance.

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