SIL Pacific partners with national governments and nongovernment organisations to provide a network of expertise and resources that serve the Pacific's ethnolinguistic communities.
SIL also networks with academic institutions and local organisations as well as local communities and religious institutions to train people and build capacity in local communities for sustainable development of their own languages.
In many locations, SIL has agreements to provide training or consulting for language development, with universities, government departments or local organisations involved in education, development or Christian service.
SIL International has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and formal consultative relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). SIL is a founding member of Maaya, the World Network for Linguistic Diversity.
SIL also partners with other faith-based organisations that are committed to the social and justice needs of ethnolinguistic minority communities. SIL is a member of the Micah Network and the Forum of Bible Agencies International. Primary partners for funding and volunteer staff are organisations affiliated with Wycliffe Global Alliance.