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About the Center

The Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment is a re­search cen­ter at the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich. It was cre­at­ed in 2016 with the goal of sig­nif­i­cant­ly im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion of chil­dren and youth in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries us­ing eco­nom­ic knowl­edge and in­no­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy. The cen­ter’s main ob­jec­tive is to con­duct mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary high-qual­i­ty re­search in the field of de­vel­op­ment eco­nom­ics, in or­der to in­form pol­i­cy mak­ers and mul­ti­lat­er­al or­ga­ni­za­tions about con­crete mea­sures and pro­grams that im­prove child and youth wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment.

CCWD’s main goal is to im­prove child and teenagers’ de­vel­op­ment by pro­vid­ing the best avail­able ev­i­dence for the ef­fi­cient de­sign of pro­grams and poli­cies and by sup­port­ing their route to scale.

CCWD af­fil­i­ates are world-class re­searchers who de­sign and con­duct em­pir­i­cal re­search about the so­cial and eco­nom­ic de­ter­mi­nants of child well-be­ing and de­vel­op­ment. In line with CCWD’s ob­jec­tives, the re­search con­duct­ed at the Cen­ter aims at sup­port­ing ef­fec­tive poli­cies, pro­grams, and oth­er in­ter­ven­tions at glob­al, re­gion­al, and na­tion­al lev­els to ad­dress the liv­ing con­di­tions of chil­dren all over the world.

Re­search projects world­wide

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Our Mission

The Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment (CCWD) sup­ports uni­ver­sal op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren and young adults. The Cen­ter’s main goal is to use tech­nolo­gies for rig­or­ous ev­i­dence cre­ation that will have an im­pact to­wards the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

Our Vision

Our vi­sion is to be a glob­al ref­er­ence on re­search of this kind, par­tic­u­lar­ly through lon­gi­tu­di­nal stud­ies. We be­lieve re­search gen­er­ates knowl­edge ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing chil­dren and young adults to reach their full po­ten­tial for a healthy, pros­per­ous, and mean­ing­ful life.

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