From 2020 to 2022, ICDD is in a transfer phase, focusing on sharing its knowledge and experience in managing externally funded research projects with new Exceed Centers, while continuing research on its core topics. Besides the continued publication of ICDD Working Papers and the continuation of the Labor and Globalization book series, ICDD members are staying active by publishing journal articles and collaborating in new networks.
New research projects were developed in 2021 with partners in India, Pakistan, and Mexico, involving a professor from the international ICDD Network and a professor from the University of Kassel each.
Against the backdrop of the new German law on due diligence in supply chains, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) also funded a research project on the “Opportunities and constraints of decent working conditions in intercontinental banana shipping”.
The project aims to (1) shed light on the deficit of decent working conditions in the banana value chain between Germany and Colombia and Costa Rica, and (2) highlight the opportunities and obstacles for reducing the deficit of decent working conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created livelihood problems, particularly for the self-employed who have started working at suboptimal levels. To address the economic downturn during the pandemic, the Indian government has initiated several interventions that focus on credit-related initiatives.
This research project aims to assess the performance of some of these programs in several peri-urban areas of Bengaluru in terms of their accessibility, sustainability and impact.
Voluntary sustainability standards have been advertised as a mechanism to make trade in agricultural products, especially from the Global South, more beneficial to farmers, workers and ecosystems, in line with ILO’s Decent Work agenda. However, several weaknesses of these voluntary, market-based standards have been identified, such as their inconsistent effectiveness and impacts on the ground, and their weak enforcement of social standards. Acknowledging the interconnectedness of the Decent Work agenda with SDG5 on gender equality, this research seeks to better understand the governing structures supporting the individual standards and how they influence the achievement of decent work in agri-food value chains.
In November 2019, the first case of the new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was detected. This marked the beginning of an unprecedented pandemic that affected and is still affecting the entire planet in 2020 as one of the most severe global shocks of modern time.
Against this backdrop, this research project aims to analyse social and economic resilience/sustainability in (ethnic) communities, considering the communitarian cohesion of two different 'cases': the case of rural Mayan communities in the South of Mexico and the case of the “Kommune Niederkaufungen” in the middle of Germany. It also discusses the relationship between social cohesion (solidarity), social and natural capital, and sustainable economies.
The current study is the continuation of 2.5 m2 Scheffler concentrator based Latent heat thermal energy storage system. In this study a large-scale standalone Latent heat thermal energy storage will be developed to harness the energy generated by 10m2 Scheffler concentrator which in theory will enable higher volume of energy to be stored at medium temperature. The system will be able to exchange thermal energy with various food processing system running on different working fluids (air, water, oil) thus provide a facility to the farming community to prosses their produce even in the absence of sun.