Cordaid was established in the year 2000 when several Dutch aid organisations joined forces. But our history goes back more than a century.
One of our predecessors, People in Need, was founded in 1914 to meet the needs of more than one million refugees who fled to the Netherlands during the First World War. 1925 was the birth year of Memisa, another member of the Cordaid family. Memisa quickly became a leading healthcare organisation.
As of 2021, ICCO and Cordaid have joined forces. By doing so we have increased our impact in addressing global challenges, defragmented the Dutch development sector, and adapted to the changing needs in international cooperation.