International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)

About Us

The ICDD is an interdisciplinary and international scientific network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel (Germany) and partner universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia (see list below). It cooperates closely with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and various NGOs. It is one of the five Centers of Excellence for Exchange and Development funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the exceed program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Against the background of widespread unemployment, underemployment and unfair working conditions, the ICDD is making a committed contribution to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 8 ("Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”) of the United Nations (UN). ICDD’s central focus, the decent work agenda, received a strong boost in 2005 when the UN World Summit proclaimed decent work for all to be part of the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and again in 2015, when decent work was decided to be part of the Sustainable Development Goals following the MDGs. In line with the joint FAO / ILO initiative, a special thematic focus of the ICDD lies on the world’s 805 million people living in rural areas who face food insecurity.

In particular, the ICDD is engaged in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and cooperation on improving work and income opportunities in rural and urban regions in developing countries against the background of globalisation, climate change and urbanisation.

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