IECD was created in 1988 at the initiative of entrepreneurs and universities, including Xavier Boutin. Driven by the desire to show solidarity with people in need, they responded to calls from civil society in Madagascar (1989), in the Lebanon (1989) and in Cameroon (1992). From these three countries, IECD has progressively established itself in Sub-Saharan Africa, the near East, Latin America (1994) and Southeast Asia (2004).
Education and vocational training are at the core of IECD teams’ actions, convinced that these are the keys to human development. Indeed, their mission is to promote development by strengthening peoples’ capacities and those of local partners.
Since 1989, IECD implements vocational training projects to promote the sustainable integration of the youth in the workforce. In 1992, it created the first Family Farm School in Cameroon, an initiative that gradually extended throughout the country and into the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In 1994, IECD participated in the creation of a hospitality curriculum by supporting the development of a vocational college in Beirut, the first step in the hospitality and tourism training programme. For the past ten years, IECD has multiplied its activities in the fields of professional integration, notably in industry and healthcare sectors.
In parallel, IECD has engaged in supporting small businesses, the principal driver of growth and job creation at a local level. In 1998, the first Management and Services Centre was inaugurated in Cameroon. The programme was replicated in the Ivory Coast, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the Near East and in Southeast Asia.
Finally, IECD acts to provide education and healthcare access to vulnerable people. In 2006, it launched the first Educational and Remedial Centre (CERES) in the rural Fianarantsoa region of Madagascar. That same year it contributed to the programme PAFOVED in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to improve the care for those with sickle-cell disease.
Since 2010, IECD’s mission has officially been recognised as being in the public interest.
IECD is a not-for-profit association whose mission is recognised as being in the public interest.
Created in Strasbourg on January 8th 1988, IECD is governed by Alsace-Moselle law and is written into the registry of associations of the District Court.
IECD is directed by a Board of Trustees, which consists of 15 members who meet four times a year. The Board of Trustees defines the strategy and direction of the association and controls the general mandate for ongoing management as granted to the Executive Director. It legally binds the association and prepares the ordinary, and extraordinary, general meetings.
The Board is comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of IECD. It meets every two months and is responsible for carrying out the decisions taken by the Board of Trustees.
The General Meeting brings together all active members of IECD once a year. It appoints administrators, approves the annual activity report that is delivered by the President, discharges the accounts after the presentation of the financial statements by the Treasurer, and validates the budget presented by the Board of Trustees.
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Key figures 2015
development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Madagascar, the MENA region and Southeast Asia
employees, including 96 on the field
(excluding exceptional items)
In 2015, the activity level of the IECD, excluding exceptional items, increased to €10 million, compared to €9.5 million in 2014.
In 2015, 64% of raised funds came from private donors, businesses and business foundations, endowments, associations and philanthropic foundations. Public funds came from, among others, l’Agence Française de Développement, from the European Union, from UNICEF etc.
Furthermore, individual donors support IECD as a whole or support particular projects.
A financial plan is drawn up for each project, over an average duration of three to five years. The necessary financial partnerships are developed accordingly, most often on the basis of co-financing combining private and public funding.
Since its creation in 1988, IECD holds itself to the highest standards and full transparency in the management of its financing and expenditure.
Monitoring, planning and internal performance tools have been put in place to ensure efficient management of resources. In parallel, IECD regularly undergoes technical and financial evaluations of its projects, as well as internal and external audits.
Every year an independent auditor certifies the accounts. IECD then presents them at the Annual General Meeting of its members and reports to the regulatory oversight authorities.
In 2015, they were certified by the firm HLP Audit, 4 rue Amédée Ménard, 44300 Nantes.