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IDC was founded as the association of aid workers inspired by the cooperation with the Spanish Humanitarian organization Movimientoporla paz – MPDL. MPDL was present on the Balkan from the beginning of 2000 to the 2008. In the process of withdrawal of MPDL, IDC started taking part in their activities and programs, and it was finally officially registered in April 13, 2007.

The name of the organization in English is Initiative for Development and Cooperation, and the abbreviation of its name in English, IDC, can be found on the organization logo and it is mostly used as the short name of the organization.

Starting from 2011, having the compatible goals and missions in mind, IDC started its intensive cooperation and strategic partnership with the German organization Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Serbia (ASB). Within the cooperation, these two organizations until recently shared the office in Belgrade, MilojaZakica 15.

Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Serbia (ASB) is a German organization directed to the humanitarian and social activities and it is mostly engaged in the area of civil protection, rescue and social services. ASB, as a non-political and non-religious organization has been founded in 1888 and currently, it is one of the largest organizations in Germany in the area of providing social services to which more than 15.000 people are employed.

As a result of the partnership with ASB, IDC has become a member of international network of ASB, SAM.I (Samaritan International) in 2013.