COIN is a private institution in the Dominican Republic, created on 28th November 1988 by a multidisciplinary team of people with experience in working on health and community strengthening. COIN became a legal entity through Order No. 63-89, released by the Executive Power on 20 February 1989. COIN was born out of the HIV epidemic in the Dominican Republic, and since then, we have concentrated our efforts in implementing educative and prevention programmes and healthcare provision, fighting against social discrimination against vulnerable groups, as well as empowerment of marginalised communities.
Our membership has been growing organically since IDPC was set up in 2006. Members can be NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks or professional networks, but they must have a national or international outlook, and a credible track record in the drug policy field.
There are no membership fees, but all members need to be committed to supporting the IDPC vision and mission, strategic directions, policy principles and work plan.
IDPC has two types of membership: network members help disseminate our ideas and materials, while partner members are more actively engaged in the implementation of our work plan. We come together to facilitate open debate on drug policy issues, and to promote more humane and effective policy at a national and international level.