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ICID - The Italian Center for International Development (ICID)

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Research Director: Prof. Furio Camillo Rosati 

A Board of Directors oversees the activities of the Centre and develops its strategic guidelines.
A Scientific Committee, composed by development experts from the academia, the international organizations as well as the civil society, provides sound scientific advice and identifies new emerging development challenges. The Scientific Committee can call on additional expertise from a pool of scientific advisors and a database of experts.
The Director is assisted by a group of researchers in charge of organizing and carrying out the Centre’s daily activity.

MISSION

The Italian Centre for International Development (ICID), hosted by CEIS – University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, focuses on international development. The Centre’s mission is to promote a better understanding of development challenges in an increasingly globalized world, through an inter-disciplinary approach.
To this end, the mandate of ICID is designed around the following three core pillars:

  1. Promoting and implementing high-level and policy-relevant research across the wide spectrum of development areas (see “Thematic areas).
  2. Creating and facilitating an inter-disciplinary network of experts in the development arena, connecting academia and researchers as well as practitioners in the development field, with a view to increasing the impact of the research community on policy making and development cooperation.
  3. Creating training opportunities for young researchers in the development field, through PhD and Master courses, seminar and workshop series, student exchanges (involving institutions from both industrialized and less-industrialized countries), and research mentoring.

ICID’s design and composition provides it with a unique capacity for state of the art research addressing the many interconnected development issues facing today’s world. The ownership and reach of ICID research is strengthened further through active research partnerships with government counterparts, workers’ and employers’ organisations, international development organizations, private financial institutions, private sector firms, and regional and international development banks.

THEMATIC AREAS

ICID research activities focus on informing policy development in the following thematic areas:

  • RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Rural development is integral to both poverty reduction and sustainable growth in the developing world. Informed policies to improve farm productivity and expand non-farm enterprise activities can help enhance food security and raise living standards for the 78% of the world's poor who live in rural areas and work mainly in farming.

  • LABOUR MARKETS

Access to quality jobs is central to individual well-being and to broader social and economic advancement. Informed policies to expand quality job opportunities, especially for youth, are therefore central to achieving wider development goals in less-industrialised countries.

  • HUMAN CAPITAL

A healthy and well-trained labor force is a vital prerequisite for poverty reduction and sustainable development. Informed policies to strengthen services in the education, health and related fields are critical for increasing workforce human capital levels in developing countries.

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP and PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of many developing country economies, and fostering their growth and competitiveness can therefore play an important role in the achievement of broader national development goals. Policies aimed at promoting entrepreneurship are of special relevance in this area, offering a means for women, youth and disadvantaged groups to gain access to the labor market.

  • LEGAL FRAMEWORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Legal structures, particularly those relating to the core labour standards, exert an important influence on the business climate and on worker rights. Informed measures are needed to ensure the adoption, domestication and implementation of international legal standards in national contexts where legal structures remain inadequate.

  • ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POLICIES AND PROGRAMS

Impact evaluations and other means of assessment provide policy makers with insight into which policies are most effective in meeting specific development challenges, and why, in turn critical for the identification and design of development policies moving forward.

  • GOVERNANCE AND GEOPOLITICS

There is growing debate around future of international development institutions and the consequences for multilateralism. Research in this area will be critical to ensuring successful outcomes from this debate.

  • DEVELOPMENT IN RETROSPECT: LEARNING FROM THE PAST

Robust analyses of historical experience and past policy approaches are extremely relevant to understanding and overcoming contemporary development challenges.

 

The Italian Centre for International Development (ICID)

Centre for Economic and International Studies

Faculty of Economics - University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’
Via Columbia, 2 - 00133
Rome - Italy
Phone: +39 06 7259 5601 - Fax: +39 06 2020 687
e-mail: ICID@ceis.uniroma2.it
website: www.icid.info