SPDC generates funding through contract research and other projects. Previously, SPDC was supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE). International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC) has also provided funding under its Think Tank Initiative to support the core research workplan of SPDC in the past.
The governance of SPDC lies mainly with its Board of Directors (BoD) comprising of seven to twelve members serving on a voluntary basis. SPDC's Managing Director is an ex-officio member of the BoD. The Board provides strategic and policy direction to SPDC's management besides approving its annual work plan, budget, and audited financial statement.
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