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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Partner Universities


Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Economics Institute
Instituto de Economia - CESIT
Cidade Universitária
"Zeferino Vaz" Rua Pitágoras 353
CEP (Zipcode) 13083-857

Campinas - São Paulo

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University of Cape Coast
Institute for Development Studies

Cape Coast

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Universität Kassel

Mönchebergstraße 19
34109 Kassel (Briefanschrift)
34125 Kassel (Lieferanschrift)


Tata Institute of Social Sciences
School of Management
P.O. Box 8313

Deonar, Mumbai 400 088

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Egerton University

P.O. Box 53620115

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Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Edificio Central
Calle 60 No. 491-A por 57

Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico C.P. 97000

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University of Agriculture Faisalabad
University Road
Zip Code 38000



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South Africa

University of the Witwatersrand
ICDD Office
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050

South Africa

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Partner Organizations

International Labour Organization (ILO)

International Labour Organization (ILO)
4 Route des Morillons

Genève 22

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Kennedyallee 50

53175 Bonn


Steinstraße 19

D-37213 Witzenhausen


Forschungsverbund für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik (FoSS)

Forschungsverbund für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik (FoSS) der Hochschule Fulda und der Universität Kassel

Arnold-Bode-Str. 10
34109 Kassel


Leipziger Str. 123
36037 Fulda



Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS)

Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS)


Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades / Campus Belenes 

Universidad de Guadalajara

Parres Arias #150, C.P. 45132. 

Zapopan, Jalisco, México.

Kolleg Soziale Menschenrechte (ProSoM)

FB 05 - Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Universität Kassel
Nora-Platiel-Str. 1
34127 Kassel