The Center for Child Well-Being and Development is a research center at the University of Zurich that cooperates with several partners in order to guarantee a strong connection between research activity and policy design. This key aspect of our work ensures that our projects are to produce high-quality empirical evidence of both academic interest and policy relevance.

Driven by the shared belief in the importance of scientific evidence in policy-making, we established a long-term research partnership with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). Together we aim to improve both the state of knowledge in the field of Child Development and the effectiveness of intervention in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, we work closely with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Other partners include:

  • Local universities of countries where research is conducted (e.g. Malawi)
  • Local national statistical offices
  • Other sponsors, including foundations and bilateral organizations
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services. SDC works closely with its partners based on evidence of what works and does not work. That is the reason why SDC is supporting the CCWD research program (with CHF 2.5 million for 2015-2019) aiming to promote innovative, evidence-based research, which will contribute to increasing UNICEF’s and other partners’ effectiveness in addressing child-specific development challenges.
UNICEF has long been known for our focus on delivering health, education and protection programs for disadvantaged children around the world. From its earliest days UNICEF has also recognized the importance of generating and using evidence to guide policies and programs for children. The needs and priorities of evidence generation will evolve over time as questions are answered and new challenges emerge. This commitment to data, research and evaluation has grown over time, as both UNICEF and its partners seek the most effective ways to support children’s rights. This collaboration with UZH is key to deliver high quality research that will inform UNICEF practice.