The Center for Child Well-being and Development (CCWD) is a research center at the University of Zurich. It was created to tackle the most pressing questions related to basic opportunities for children in developing countries. The Center’s main goal is to undertake high-quality research in the field of Development Economics to inform policy-makers and multilateral organizations in designing policies and programs to improve child welfare and development.
CCWD is run by world-class researchers who design and conduct empirical research into the social and economic determinants of child well-being and development. In line with the Center’s mission, all research conducted at CCWD is targeted at supporting evidence-based policy design.
Research projects are based on randomized control trials, focusing on the mechanisms underlying individual or group behavior. Whenever possible, CCWD partners with Government or multilateral organizations, such that programs proven to be cost-effective can be scaled up. CCWD researchers’ toolkit includes lab-in-the-field experiments and new methods for measuring culturally sensitive social norms-driven behaviors.
CCWD also engages development networks as well as researchers from developing countries, with the goal of strengthening capacity at the country and regional levels.
The Center for Child Well-being and Development (CCWD) supports universal opportunities for children and young adults. The Center’s main goal is to help children and young adults reach their full potential through a larger set of basic opportunities. By producing high-quality research in the field of Development Economics, the Center supports policy-makers and multilateral organizations in designing policies and programs based on scientific evidence. CCWD also works with its partners, UNICEF and DEZA, towards the sustainable development goals. We support the fundamental mission of UNICEF to promote the rights of every child, everywhere as well as the equity initiatives of UNICEF and DEZA, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families.
In line with our partners, UNICEF and DEZA, our vision is to build a world where every child can grow up healthy, protected from harm and educated, so they can reach their full potential no matter who they are or where they were born. By becoming the world’s leading research center on Child Well-being and Development, CCWD will foster pathways from research to programming, helping policy-makers and multilateral organizations in designing policies and programs to improve the living conditions and prospects of children and young adults.
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Read the Center for Child Well-being and Development Annual Report 2018
Read the Center for Child Well-being and Development Annual Report 2017