In December of 2010, ICPSD founder Dr. Romuald Afatchao led a group of University of Idaho students on a service trip to Ghana. Passionate about the continent of his birth and expanding the cultural competency of American students, Dr. Afatchao challenged the students to see beyond the excitement of being in an new country and to look deeper into themselves and the situations they observed and participated in. One of these students was ICPSD co-founder Whitney Schroeder. Their shared experiences led to discussions and contemplations regarding the development of Africa and the impact of outside aid and influences. Some of the most impactful and profound observations surrounded the role and impact of aid in developing countries, especially in small, localized areas. After returning to Moscow, ID, their conversations continued and out of them the foundation of ICPSD was born.
ICPSD was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2012 and received 501(c)(3) tax status on January 8, 2015.