Jul 2017 SIF signs three-year partnership with Muktagan to raise the quality of early childhood education in Mumbai, India.


Jul 2017 Launch of Young Social Entrepreneurs overseas workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jul 2017 SIF receives the 2017 Patron of the Arts Award from the National Arts Council.


Mar 2017 SIF signs Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Association to affirm commitment to strengthen cross-cultural understanding and people-to-people ties between Singapore and Vietnam.

Jan 2017 SIF launches Physiotherapy Bachelor Bridging Programme in Cambodia to allow Cambodians with a diploma in physiotherapy to upgrade their skills and knowledge to a Bachelor’s Degree.


Jan 2017 SIF launches Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project in Laos to raise overall quality of physiotherapy education and effect a better quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Jan 2017 Appointment of Mr Sathish Raman, Senior Director and Regional Head (South India) of the Confederation of Indian Industries as SIF Representative in Chennai, India.


Jan 2017 Re-appointment of Ms Kavita Choudhry, Regional Director (Europe) of the Confederation of Indian Industries as SIF Representative in Mumbai, India.


Dec 2016 Building A Better World (a commemorative book produced for SIF’s 25th Anniversary) wins a Gold award in the International Creative Media Award 2016 under the Corporate Book category.


Oct 2016 SIF launches Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) overseas workshops to support young changemakers in Asia with networks and knowhow in their home countries and beyond. These workshops bring together professionals from Singapore and the region, to equip, inspire and enable youth to scale their social enterprises. The inaugural YSE overseas workshop was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sep 2016 SIF launches the Art of Sustainability project in partnership with Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, its first Sino-Singapore collaboration to leverage Arts and Culture for social good.


Aug 2016 SIF celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Mar 2016 SIF partners the National Arts Council of Singapore and the British Council to organise the Arts & Disability Forum 2016, the first of its kind in Asia.


Mar 2016 SIF launches its Arts for Good initiative which aims to harness the value of arts and culture in connecting Singaporeans and world communities for positive social change.


Oct 2015 SIF and the US-Asia Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding to affirm their commitment to further strengthen cross-cultural understanding and ties between the people of Singapore and the United States.


Sep 2015 SIF receives the 2015 Patron of the Arts Award from the National Arts Council for its efforts in promoting greater international understanding through arts and culture.

Jun 2015 Refresh of SINGAPORE Magazine, SIF’s quarterly print and online publication that showcases the heart and soul of Singapore through the work of SIF and Singaporeans.


May 2015 SIF launches its first volunteer cooperation programme in China, inking a three-year Letter of Agreement with the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association, with the support of the Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee, to raise standards of healthcare services for the aged in Yunnan, China.

Mar 2015 SIF publishes the second volume of Singapore: Insights from the Inside, in commemoration of SG50. In this expanded collection of essays on Singapore by members of the international community, 50 Friends of Singapore representing 20 nationalities share their thoughts on What is Singapore? and What’s next Singapore?

SIF celebrates 10 years of Singapore-Myanmar collaboration with the launch of the Early Childhood Care & Development Resource Book. The book, in both Myanmar and English languages, is distributed free to over 3,000 preschools to benefit over 36,000 preschool teachers and 360,000 children in Myanmar.



Oct 2014 SIF receives the 2014 President’s Award for Volunteerism in the non-profit category. The award honours those who have excelled in encouraging the spirit of giving in Singaporeans.


Sep 2014 SIF celebrates 10 years of Singapore-China friendship through its Young Business Ambassadors programme with a commemorative book launch for A Decade of Business Exchanges, A Lifetime of Friendships.

Jul 2014 SIF inks tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and Calmette Hospital to enable knowledge and skills transfer between Singaporean and Cambodian healthcare professionals.


May 2014 Launch of Words on Wheels project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

SIF appoints the fourth alumni representative, this time in Kuala Lumpur, to grow the Friends of Singapore community in Malaysia.

Apr 2014 Launch of the Enhancing Competency in English Language Communication Programme in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to enhance the English communications skills of Sri Lankan youths.

SIF signs Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd to raise the standards of medical care in Asia by sending specialist volunteers from Singapore to train healthcare professionals in overseas communities.


Jan 2014 Launch of the third SIF-British Council Artist-in-Residence Exchange programme – Angles of Incidence, the first public art installation under the programme, at the Singapore Botanic Gardens - Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage site.


Dec 2013 SIF Governor conferred Magnolia Award for outstanding contributions to Shanghai-Singapore ties.


Nov 2013 Launch of SIF Connects! in Washington DC where the SIF reconnects with and grows the Friends of Singapore community through the sharing of Singapore insights to promote understanding and collaborations between Singaporeans and world communities.

Jul 2013 Launch of a three-year healthcare training project in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health and the University of Colombo, with sponsorship from Temasek Foundation.


Jun 2013 SIF celebrates the official launch of the International Involvement Hub which was opened by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Launch of Water for Life project in Lamongan, Indonesia.

Apr 2013 Launch of Water for Life project in the townships of Kaw Hmu and Kungyangon in Yangon, Myanmar.


Jan 2013 SIF renews Memorandum of Understanding with British Council to strengthen cross-cultural understanding between Singapore and the United Kingdom through arts and cultural exchanges.


Nov 2012 On his inaugural state visit to Indonesia, President and SIF Patron Dr Tony Tan also makes his first visit to an overseas SIF project, the Palliative Care for Children project with Rachel House in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Oct 2012 Revamp of SINGAPORE Magazine to unveil the heart and soul of Singapore through the work of SIF and Singaporeans.

Sep 2012 Launch of the International Involvement Hub where home-grown non-profits work to connect Singaporeans to Asia and the world. SIF is co-located with the Temasek Foundation, Singapore Red Cross and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

Launch of Words on Wheels project in Bandung, Indonesia.

Launch of SIF’s Outstanding Singapore International Volunteer Award.


Aug 2012 Launch of Our Better World, SIF’s digital initiative that engages the online community by sharing stories of good to connect and inspire action.

Launch of Water for Life project in Kampong Speu, Cambodia.

Jun 2012 Launch of the Friendship Express project, bringing 50 Asian youths of eight nationalities together on a two-week expedition covering Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, engaging them in cultural exchange activities and community projects.

SIF appoints its third alumni representative, this time in Bangkok to grow the Friends of Singapore community in Thailand.


May 2012 Launch of the book Insights from the Inside, a collection of perspectives on Singapore, from the international community in Singapore.


Nov 2011 President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, assumes the role of SIF Patron, after former President Nathan steps down.


Oct 2011 SIF celebrates its 20th anniversary at its Partner Appreciation Dinner, with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong gracing the occasion as Guest-of-Honour.

Aug 2011 SIF launches a refreshed volunteer brand identity – Singapore International Volunteers – at its 20th anniversary volunteers’ appreciation evening.


Jul 2011 SIF signs Memorandum of Understanding with Ashoka to foster a global community of change makers for social innovation.

May 2011 SIF appoints a second alumni representative, this time in Shanghai, to grow the Friends of Singapore community in China.

SIF signs Memorandum of Understanding with British Council to strengthen cross-cultural understanding between the people of Singapore and the United Kingdom through the arts and cultural exchanges.


Mar 2011 SIF inks Memorandum of Understanding with Population Development International in Thailand to enable the exchange of ideas and cooperation in social entrepreneurship and volunteer-driven development.

Launch of SIF’s second direct service project, Words on Wheels, a mobile library project that brings books, educational toys and games, and access to the Internet and multi-media facilities, to village children in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Launch of the Ideas for a Better World Forum – a dialogue and networking platform to inspire action for a better world.


Dec 2010 SIF commemorates 10th anniversary of the Singapore Internationale arts and culture grant that supports the presentation of Singapore’s creative works overseas.


Oct 2010 SIF hosts the annual International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations. Conference for the first time in Singapore.

SIF appoints the first alumni representative in Jakarta to grow the Friends of Singapore community in Indonesia.

Jul 2010 Launch of SIF’s first direct service project, Water for Life, which aims to bring clean drinking water to more than 9,000 villagers in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Mar 2010 Launch of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme to inspire, equip and enable youths to start or scale up their social enterprises in Singapore and beyond.

Feb 2010 Launch of the Art Associates programme, a 10-week attachment for Southeast Asian art professionals at the National Art Gallery, Singapore, which enables regional art experts to exchange ideas, knowledge and perspectives with their Singapore counterparts.



Oct 2009 SIF unveils new vision, mission and strategic directions to build mutually beneficial relationships between Singaporeans and world communities through volunteerism, people-to-people exchanges and cultural relations.

Launch of Singapore Kopitiam website to profile unique aspects of Singapore’s food, culture and people.



Nov 2007 SIF, together with Indonesia partner Yayasan Fajar Hidayah, officially opens the Fajar Hidayah Integrated Boarding School in Banda Aceh. The school houses students and orphans affected by the Asian Tsunami.


Aug 2007 SIF publishes Gotong Royong: SIF Celebrates 15 Years of Friendship with Indonesia, which chronicles 15 years of collaboration with Indonesian partners, told through the eyes of SIF volunteers and staff, Singaporean and Indonesian government officials and Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as Indonesia-based Singaporeans.

Apr 2007 Launch of Xpats Dialogue, a platform to promote interactions between the expatriate community in Singapore and members from the Singapore government, business sector, academia and civil society.


Jan 2007 Launch of the Middle East Eminent Persons Programme which hosts distinguished individuals from the Middle East, promoting exchanges with their Singaporean counterparts in the government and private sector.


Oct 2006 Launch of the Chief Executives Expedition programme which sends senior and chief executives from Singapore's private and public sectors to Bhutan to share their expertise with the Bhutan community.



May 2005 Launch of the Singapore Executive Expedition programme which sends senior executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers Asia Pacific to Bhutan to share their knowledge in financial management and regional banking developments.



Dec 2004 The Singapore Volunteers Overseas programme expands to nine countries to include South Asian countries.


Jun 2004 Launch of the Singapore-Shanghai Young Business Ambassadors chapter to build closer ties between the business communities of both countries.

Mar 2004 Launch of Singapore Encore in San Francisco and Los Angeles, a platform to showcase performances of Singapore artistes overseas.



Aug 2003 SIF receives the Excellence for Singapore Award from the Singapore Totalisator Board. The award recognises and honours individuals or organisations that bring credit to Singapore by being among the best in their areas of activity in Asia or in the world.



Mar 2002 Launch of the Temasek (Visit) Programme as a platform for senior Japanese policy-makers to engage their Singaporean counterparts.



Dec 2001 The Singapore Volunteers Overseas programme marks its 10th anniversary.

Launch of the Singapore Internationale arts and culture grant that supports the presentation of Singapore’s creative works overseas.


Sep 2001 SIF celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dinner to raise funds for the Special Olympics in Singapore.

May 2001 Launch of the SIF Award which recognises the goodwill efforts of Singaporeans around the world.


Jan 2001 President S R Nathan assumes the role of Patron of SIF.


Nov 2000 SIF unveils its new logo and mission statement – nurturing active global citizens and friends for Singapore - for the new millennium.


Apr 2000 Launch of the Young Business Ambassadors Programme where outstanding young professionals immerse themselves in the all-round experience of working and living in countries such as China and Australia.

2000 Launch of Youth Expedition Project which takes Singapore youth volunteers on community service expeditions to China, India and other Southeast Asian countries.

Launch of Humanitarian Relief Programme which enables Singaporeans to bring hope and relief to those affected by humanitarian calamities.



Launch of journalism fellowship with East-West Center to strengthen understanding between Singapore and the United States by facilitating interactions between journalists from the United States and Singapore thought leaders and policy-makers.



The first Camp Singapore is organised for children of expatriates living in Singapore and children of overseas Singaporeans to understand Singapore’s history and cultural practices through experiential activities.



Nov-Dec 1995 Launch of three new visit programmes where SIF brings international policy-makers to Singapore to share their views with their counterparts and the public:
Distinguished Visitors Programme
Eminent South-East Asians Programme
Raffles Programme



May 1992 SIF receives its first overseas delegation – six US Congressional staff members – under the Friends of Singapore programme.


Jan 1992 Launch of the SINGAPORE Magazine, a quarterly publication of SIF for overseas Singaporeans, which shares stories on developments in Singapore.

1992 Launch of the SIF-ASEAN Student Fellowship where student leaders from ASEAN spend a semester in Singapore universities and live with Singaporean host families.



Nov 1991 Launch of the first Singapore Volunteers Overseas project – a three-month preventive dental care programme - in the Philippines.


Aug 1991 SIF is incorporated to encourage Singaporeans to adopt an international outlook, make a meaningful contribution to the international community and assist overseas Singaporeans to maintain links with Singapore.

Professor Chan Heng Chee assumes the role of Founding Director, with Mr Lee Seng Wee as Chairman.





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