The IBB was originally founded as an association springing from an initiative by the unemployed in Dortmund. Today about 120 employees work in permanent positions at its branches:
We are supported by freelance workers and members and a great number of trustees bring their expertise to our work. In Dortmund alone our programme contains up to 100 seminars and training opportunities each year. Projects of different sizes augment this: Between 2002 and 2014 the Belarus support programme facilitated 175 German-Belarusian partnership projects, supported from Dortmund. The European action weeks „For a future after Fukushima and Chernobyl“ in 2013 were joined by several thousand people in about 150 cities. In total, we are in contact with partners in 16 European countries.