The Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI) was founded and incorporated in 1984, under Decree No. 2067, during the Presidency of Doctor Salvador Jorge Blanco. It was created in order to overcome the effects of poverty in rural and urban areas, and is comprised of men and women working together with people in communities who are interested in improving their lives and those of their neighbors.

IDDI has the following departments:

Social Promotion: Focuses on topics such as Training and Community, Environmental and Vocational Organization; Child Advocacy and Literacy.
Health: Primary Health Care, Health Education, Maternal and Child Health, Prevention of HIV / AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Physical Projects: Infrastructure, Sanitation, Community Housing and Construction Equipment.
Microcredit Center: Micro-credit business and vocational technical training.
BioIDDI: Research, biofuels, watershed management, reforestation, soil conservation.
Sustainability Center: IDDI initiatives with the private sector with support from the following companies: Karaya, S.A., Blue Nile, S.A., Almacenes de Mercancías CAMI, Cocina Industrial, Hospital Paraíso, Dominican Renewables y CBCX.

Since IDDI’s inception it has been collaborating with the various divisions of the Dominican government, both at the municipal and state level. Furthermore, it aims to develop a corporate strategy based on collaboration with both the international and private sector.

Among the many initiatives IDDI promotes, we would like to highlight: [EcoCiclo[/b], a program that collects recyclable material; Repapel, promoting products made from 100% recycled paper; Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, which is focused on strengthening governance, building local capacity, promoting research and training of human resources; Risk Management Unit, which aims to guide, control and direct the actions of Risk and Emergency Management; Youth Unit, whose overall objective is to promote, develop and provide young people in vulnerable areas with a space for personal growth by promoting healthy lifestyles.

General Information

The Team

Management Team:

David Luther
Executive Director

Arelis Fermín
Finance Director

José Luís Gutiérrez
Microcredit Department Director

Liliana Rocha
Health Department Director

Arcadia Francisco
Physical Projects Department Director

Evaydeé Pérez
Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Development Director

Terrera Morrobel
Social Promotion Department Director

Gerónimo Chotin
BioIDDI Director

Yesly Ramírez
Planning Department Director

Board Members:

Otto González

Alexander Rood
Vice President

Angel Alfonso Casasnovas

Henry Butler

Contact Information

  • Telephone: (809) 534-1077 / (809) 537-4767
  • Email:
  • Address:

    C/Juan Ballenilla (Calle) #17, Esq. Diagonal Zona Industrial de Herrera

  • Website:
  • Social Networks: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Contact Person

  • Name: David Luther
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Telephone: (809) 537-4767
  • Email:


  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
  • International Affiliations:
  • Years of Operation: 30 years
  • Number of Employees: Approx. 223 employees
  • Number of Members: 11 Assembly Members
  • Number of Volunteers:

    Around 1500

  • Sources of Funding:

    National and International

  • Products/Services:

    Holistic Development

  • Total Income: RD$193,286,391.00
  • Total Expenses: RD$166,586,641.00



The Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral, Inc. (IDDI), created in 1984, is a private, non-profit organization that aims to:

• Contribute towards the transformation of the individual, the family and the community in which they live.
• Create conditions, both individually and collectively, where individuals can expect reasonable opportunities to lead productive and creative lives in accordance with their needs, interests and potential.
• Promote actions and dialogue among the various sectors of our society.
• Highlight both the causes and symptoms of a problem.


The vision of IDDI, for the period 2013-2016, is to continue being a nationwide non-profit organization, leading the implementation of projects that promote the integral development of our society, working to contribute towards building a balanced world in mainly marginalized urban sectors, and continuing its strategy of expanding its programs to other disadvantaged communities as well as the rural communities living on the border.

These objectives are based on more than 30 years of experience as IDDI is one of the few organizations in the country to develop coordinated and parallel actions in key areas such as health, infrastructure, education, rural development in agriculture and environment, climate change, income generation and employment.

Similarly, it will continue to strengthen a strategic approach adopted by IDDI many years ago, to involve increasingly the private sector in social work and to strengthen joint actions with other public sector institutions to benefit the poorest in our nation.

To achieve this IDDI has adopted a philosophy of development, primarily led by two ethical approaches, summarized as follows:

The Ethics of Integral Development:
This represents the complete individual and everything around him, a way to express and implement a global vision of life. It implies a condition of harmony and balance between all parties involved. It refers not only to the various internal aspects of man (physical, emotional, mental and intuition) and his personal evolution, but also the relationships between individuals and the environment.

Among the areas that balance an individual are: education (not only academic but also personal), access to resources needed for a decent standard of living, respect for the environment, political freedom, guaranteed human rights, self-respect and a chance to self-realize his/her potential as a spiritual being.

The Ethics of Self-Realization:
This implies that the goal of all human experience is the individual and consciousness of life together. To live more consciously, humans need to respond to their environment with more certainty, and therefore, increase their ability to take self-corrective measures. Our behavior becomes more spontaneous, free and full of possibilities. As we live more consciously, we become more sensitive to and responsible for the impact that our actions may have on everything around us.

The development model that promotes and emphasizes the IDDI mission is the transformation of the human being as a whole, and understands that to create a better society, the consciousness of all its citizens must first evolve.

Primary Programs and Projects

1. Youth Alert Project:

The Youth Alert Project (Alerta Joven) is based on building a network of multidisciplinary support for children and young people at risk, in the areas of education, permanent school integration, quality of education and accelerated education. Programs incorporate technical vocational training, income generation and micro enterprise.

The Program promotes sexual and reproductive health and access to services to prevent HIV / AIDS, health, teen pregnancy prevention, prevention and reduction of violent behaviors and human development.

2. Integrated Development of the Cigar Family Project in the Rural Communities of Bonao:

Located in the town of Bonao, Monsignor Nouel province, The Cigar Family Community Project aims to support the overall development of the population, with an emphasis on children and youth, in both rural and urban communities in the central regions of the country.

The famed Chateau de La Fuente can be found in this area, where one of the most famous cigars in the world, the Opus-X Fuente of Tabacalera A. Fuente, is cultivated. This project is the result of a partnership between the Fuente and Newman families, through the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and IDDI.

This project includes youth development programs, sports, health and community education and economic support of the population living in the communities surrounding the tobacco farms in Caribe, municipality of Bonao, and developing the area into an international tourist destination. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation has raised more than US$10,800,000.00 in the first phase of the project.

3. Comprehensive Development Project in the Neighborhoods of Puerto Plata:

Comprehensive development and community participation plan in Playa Oeste, El Javillar and Nuevo Renacer in the Municipality of San Felipe of Puerto Plata.

Within its strategy of corporate social responsibility, the company Generadora San Felipe, along with IDDI, has been conducting programs that have helped improve the health conditions of families living in the neighborhoods of Playa Oeste, Nuevo Renacer and El Javillar in the Puerto Plata Province. These programs are in education (formal and informal), community organizing, sanitation, micro-credit, spaces for entrepreneurship, training, preventive health, arts, and waste collection and disposal. It has been co-financed by the Generadora San Felipe, one of the largest power plants in the country, in Puerto Plata.

4. Sustainable Tourism and Artisanal Chocolate Production Project in Boyá:

This Project involves the installation of an artisanal, self-managed, organic cocoa processing plant as a community cooperative in production and services associated with sustainable tourism activities in the town of Boyá, as a means to boost socio-economic and cultural development of the Monte Plata Province and the Dominican Republic. Participating companies are: Chocolatera Hermanos Cortés, Tequia Tour Operators, the Municipality of Boyá and IDDI.

5. Developing a market for recycling solid waste in the slums of Santo Domingo:

In collaboration with the PepsiCo company, IDDI is running an initiative in the country to recycle post-consumer materials. IDDI, through various projects, has established and/or strengthened seven community microenterprises that have grown to the point that they have their own equipment and a payroll of 80 people.

6. Major League Baseball and the Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA):

Together with Major League Baseball (USA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IDDI has implemented a project to support other NGOs in the country in the field of education, income generation and health. The objective of the Incentive Fund is to create a long-term mechanism to motivate potential donors – baseball players, teams, fans, and corporate sponsors – to finance MLB-DDA community projects.

7. Project to support education, youth at risk and food support in the Population Los Cacaos, Haiti with the company Frito Lay Dominicana:

This Project provides support to basic youth education based on the methodology of Quantum Learning, Space to Grow (EPC) (Espacio para Crecer) and, in addition, to provide nutrition to the very low income population in the community of Los Cacaos, Haiti.

8. Project to develop the Bateys in Ingenio Barahona

In coordination with the inhabitants of Ingenio Barahona, the Central Sugar Corporation (CAC) has, since 2000, performed community development projects in the bateys to promote housing, education, sports, health, credit and infrastructure worth over US$2,000,000.00 (funded by the Fundacion Codespa of Spain).

9. Support to Develop the Bateys of los Ingenios by the Vicini Group:

In November 2002, IDDI and the Vicini Group signed a collaborative agreement for IDDI to execute social, educational and economic development projects in the bateys located near the sugar mills.

10. Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Eastern Regions of the DR:

With electricity distributor EDE ESTE, IDDI is involved in a project to create consumer cooperatives for electricity conservation and recovery of payment for electricity used.

11. Job Placement and Technical-Vocational Training in the Juan Sánchez Ramírez province in collaboration with Barrick Gold Corp:

This project is designed to integrate young people of the Province Juan Sánchez Ramírez into workplaces by means of technical-vocational training and personal development in collaboration with Barrick Gold Corporation.

12. American Chamber of Commerce:

This Project involve co-financing youth education projects based on the methodology of Quantum Learning, Space to Grow (EPC).

13. Responsible Tourism Initiative:

The Responsible Tourism Initiative coordinates efforts in the different tourism sectors, creating a fundraising system that integrates the tourism industry and generates financial resources used in community development projects. The projects enable sustainable development and increases business investment in the DR.

14. Sano Tourism Project in Boca Chica:

This project is in partnership with the Tourism-Development Association in Boca Chica, an organization that brings together major hotels and restaurants in the area. The programs proposed include HIV / AIDS, civic education and human development, among others.

15. Coordination with the Association of Hotels Romana – Bayahibe, Inc.:

This is a housing project of 179 homes that relocates families living illegally on land above springs and aquifers that supply the hotels in the Bayahibe area. The Dominican Government, the Assosiation of La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels, USAID, the Codespa Foundation and IDDI all participate. The project also includes the construction of schools with the support of international tour operators and the creation of the Parque Arqueo-Botánico de Padre Nuestro.

16 Activation Project and a Catalog of Crafts:

UNESCO, ASONAHORES and IDDI co-published a catalog of handicrafts, demonstrating the variety and quality of craftsmanship made in the Dominican Republic. Manos Creadoras: Diversidad Artesanal Dominicana is used to promote Dominican artisans and strengthen Dominican tourism.

17. Community Development Project in Nuevo, Juanillo, Cap Cana:

Funded by the Cap Cana tour company, IDDI supported actions in organizational development, education and environmental sanitation in the community of Nuevo Juanillo, which is part of the Cap Cana project.

18. Integration of a Microenterprise of Community Cooks in an Industrial Park through an inclusive business approach in Ouanaminthe, Haiti:

Using an inclusive approach to business, the project supports the development of trade links between CODEVI Industrial Park (IP) and micro enterprises in the region Ouanaminthe in Haiti. These links result in (a) better economic opportunities for low-income and vulnerable populations living in Ouanaminthe, (b) the location of the CODEVI plant, and (c) provide CODEVI with better service. This project will strengthen existing microenterprises and assist in the establishment of new ones that supply certain goods and services to CODEVI. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund also supports this project.

19. Environmental Management and Conservation Program:

With support from the USAID, IDDI has supported the Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial a la Proteccion Ambiental (ECORED) in promoting the protection of natural resources and the health of the citizens of the Dominican Republic, with emphasis on sustainable development.

ECORED has a membership of over 100 of the largest companies. This Program aims to improve the environmental performance of companies operating in the Dominican Republic, at the same time increasing their participation in conservation and environmental protection through advocacy, training and support for initiatives, both public and private, in the area of regulatory compliance, environmental management and protection of natural resources.

20. Project to improve the health and environmental conditions of the communities in La Caoba Cumajón with the Altadis Foundation:

IDDI, with the support of the Tabacalera de Garcia and Altadis Foundation, implemented this project in the vulnerable communities of the municipality Villa Hermosa, La Romana, in order to improve living conditions and the environment through access to clean drinking water and sanitation, benefiting about 3,000 families.

21. Project building greenhouses:

In 2012, in the province of Monsignor Nouel, two greenhouses were built that have supplied more than 560 people with produce. The Project achieved its goals by improving food quality supplied to the Cigar Family school as well as 5 communities in the province of Monsignor. Rancho Nuevo, El Verde, Los Arroyos and Jengibre communities now have access to improved quality agricultural products at an affordable price. The project was funded by the ADEMI Foundation and led to the construction of two greenhouses of 325m2 and 400m2.

Autonomous Centers:

Microcredit Center:

The Microcredit Center supports the development of micro and small entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic, through the provision of training services targeting their needs, credit and technical assistance as well as promoting the development of new business initiatives, which includes vocational technical training. Our mission is to promote the development of income generating activities as a way of improving the living conditions of Dominicans. These actions are directly targeting those Dominicans who have no access to formal banking.

Bio-Sustainability Center (BIOIDDI):

• Research and project implementation of Biofuels
• Bi-National Project Development
• Reforestation and Integrated Watershed Management.

Sustainability Center:

This center covers all IDDI initiatives of the private sector and supports the following companies:

Dominican Renewables, Inc. promoting biofuels and biomass production.

Caribbean Basin Carbon Exchange (CBCX): A volunteer market where carbon credits are supplied and purchased.

Paraiso Hospital: IDDI operates a 34-bed hospital in the town of Paraiso on the south coast.

Karaya, SA: A company that promotes products of “the People for the People” including crafts, soaps, etc.

Merchandise store CAMI: Sells products wholesale to grocery stores in the southern region to increase the amount of food available in the area, at a lower cost.

Cocina Industria: Supplies higher quality food to the cane cutters in Barahona at a reduced cost.

EcoCiclo: An initiative that aims to educate, organize, collect and recycle household and industrial waste and focuses on communities, schools, universities, businesses, apartments and offices in general.

Climate Change Center:

The global phenomenon known as Climate Change has become an important topic of conversation in many countries, mostly because of its harmful effects on the population. Without a doubt, climate change negatively affects not only the individual but whole communities. It has the potential of endangering many of the implemented development projects and further worsening the state of the current physical and social environment.

That is why IDDI has particular interest in this global phenomenon, developing initiatives aimed at helping the Dominican Republic adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, while working to mitigate it.

Risk Management Unit:

The Risk Management Unit (RMU) of the IDDI is where actions of the institute are coordinated in the field of risk management.

Responsibility for the RMU-IDDI is to coordinate and support the actions of risk management, emergency management, disaster management and humanitarian aid.

This unit is in the position to establish links with all public and private institutions to work together to decrease the vulnerability of communities at risk, and avoid a potential humanitarian disaster.

It is comprised of a group of 5 foundations that have been working for several years in promoting recycling in neighborhoods and marginalized communities in the city of Santo Domingo.

In coordination with Dominican Ecoservices, we are certifying companies with our seal, Sol Verde, which is a hallmark of environmental quality and informs the user about those companies that take the environment into consideration in its operational processes and the provision of their services.

Currently, we have the support of about 50 companies, which include: Chevron, Citibank, Colegio Mundo Maria Montessori, Saint Thomas School, Constructora Rizek, Editora Santillana, Gildan, Abbott Laboratories, Molinos Modernos, Reid & Co., Sura, Seaboard Power, 3M, Tetrapak, UASD, and Unilever.

DIPECHO Project 2012:

Bi-National Technical Workshop of national systems, in which both the Haitian and Dominican Red Cross participated. The objective of the event was to strengthen the connections between the two national systems in order to have an improved ability to respond to disasters. There were 40 people, 20 from each country who participated in the workshop, between institutions and strategies focused on risk management (Red Cross, Civil Defense, Ministry of Health, IDDI, DIPECHO partners, etc.).

Youth Unit (UNINJO):

Its main objective is to improve the quality of life of young people through access to training opportunities and participation, and allows young people to develop their life goals and acquire commitment to their social community.

UNINJO is a structure within IDDI.

The unit began its work in 1992 and is dedicated to promote, develop and provide young people living in vulnerable sectors of the Dominican Republic with a space for personal growth by promoting healthy lifestyles, promoting skills and social participation and a sense of community.

The UNINJO addresses all issues: adolescence, self-care, self-esteem, climate change, civil code, family communication, Dominican Constitution, sexual and reproductive rights, pregnancy, entrepreneurship, stigma and discrimination, gender, life skills, sexual identity, STIs, HIV/AIDS, youth law, AIDS Law 55-93, volunteerism, leadership, contraception, migration, trafficking, life goals, public youth policies, delaying sexual activity, prevention of teenage pregnancy, sexual response, sexual and reproductive health, health, sexuality, tuberculosis, values, violence, among others.


REPAPEL’s mission is to turn a problem into several solutions, by reusing paper for the production of stationery for sale (cards, invitations, notebooks, diaries, etc.). The results have shown a reduction in the amount of garbage on the street that adversely affects both the health of the population and the environment, and the creation of jobs and income for poor families, together with the strengthening of dignity and self-esteem of women entrepreneurs who make this particular type of paper. All products are natural and biodegradable ink is used.

Since 2013 the ADEMI Foundation has supported this program, with projects such as:
“Installing and Strengthening Recycled Paper Manufacturing 100% Post Consumer Workshops” and “Strengthening the operational and organizational capacities of REDPAPEL, with a gender approach geared towards empowering women that contributes to the consolidation of the RED and creating decent employment opportunities, improving the living conditions of their families. “

Expert Comments

We ask each of our experts to recommend five entities in their area(s) of expertise which have had a positive impact. Below please find comments from our experts who have recommended this entity.

  • IDDI has a wide range of programs and projects throughout the Dominican Republic.
  • IDDI is a pioneer in the area of providing support to the marginalized neighborhoods of Santo Domingo.
  • The Redpapel Project is a program which supports a group of women in Herrera that has become a collection center for recyclable material. This model . . .soon shall be replicated in Bonao.
  • IDDI has been one of the leading development NGOs in the DR for the past 30 years.
  • IDDI promotes and implements a model of work that focuses on sustainable communities with proven impact and results.

More Expert Comments

  • It has a very good solid waste management program. .
    IDDI has had a lot of success with its efforts to access national and international funding.
    W . . .ith good human resources, IDDI is an extremely dynamic organization.
  • IDDI is an expert in the identification and formation of community leaders.
    The Foundation has had a lot of success in the capturing of funds for the . . .implementation of its programs and projects.
    A very dedicated and trained board of directors has given IDDI invaluable support.
  • The implementation agents of the Project succeed because of their dedication.
    The quality of RedPapel final product is marvelous.
  • IDDI has a sustainable funding model, with varied sources of funding. They have managed very large international grants and also had contracts with th . . .e Dominican government.
    They have strong relationships with various businesses that have helped fund their development projects.
  • Its ability to mobilize funds.
    An interdisciplinary technical staff allows the institution to focus its work in different areas.
    It has a Section 501c . . .3, which facilities the mobilization of funds from the U.S.
    Very good relations and connections with the public and private sectors.

More Expert Comments

  • IDDI could collaborate more without entities and organizations, looking for new ways to create strategic alliances.
  • They could expand the space of the collection center so that they could expand their coverage.
  • Better collaboration with other NGOs.
  • Management of know-how and good practices in a very private manner.

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