Stichting IDI is an important pillar in D66’s international work. In 1989, IVSOM, the Central and Eastern Europe Foundation of the D66 party was founded to support democratisation and economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. In October 1997, IVSOM was renamed the Stichting Internationaal Democratisch Initiatief (Stichting IDI). The Foundation is independent but also forms an integral part of the political party D66. Its office is located at the D66 Party Bureau.
Over the years IDI’s field of operation was expanded to include countries outside Central and Eastern Europe. Nowadays, the IDI Foundation is mainly active in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Furthermore, the IDI Foundation maintains and develops relationships with likeminded political organisations in many countries around the world. IDI cooperates with liberal democratic parties and organisations that respect human rights and the rights of minorities.
Democratic movements and progressive or social liberal political parties are natural partners for the IDI Foundation. The relationships are mutually beneficial. On the one hand, IDI offers practical knowledge for political partners in the project countries. On the other hand, ideas and experiences from abroad deepen and strengthen the liberal concept D66 adheres to while at the same time D66 learns from the tactics and strategy employed by likeminded parties. The Matra and Shiraka Political Party Programmes of the Dutch Ministries of Foreign and Home Affairs financially support most IDI projects.