NIMD was founded in 2000 by seven Dutch political parties. This multiparty identity provides us with the legitimacy and unique opportunity to work on an impartial basis with all political parties in a country and encourage dialogue between them.

Because of its Dutch roots, NIMD is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, where a focused team of around 25 people is based. Over the years, we have built experience and expertise all over the world. We work in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Since local ownership is an important guiding principle within NIMD, the programmes are designed and implemented together with local partners in the countries. NIMD also has several country offices. These offices function as implementing partners for country programmes and have local staff members. Currently, there are country offices in Burkina Faso, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Mali (Sahel regional office), Myanmar and Uganda.