Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - Research Module on Employment

SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are offering a new long-term funding scheme for development-relevant research on global issues ( The main focus lies on the generation of new insights and solutions as well as on the application of research results into policy and practice through partnership projects between researchers from Switzerland and from developing countries. The overall program consists of five thematic modules and a module for thematically open research. The second module focuses on employment in the context of sustainable development.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Conflict & fragility
Climate change and environment

Employment creation
Conflict prevention
Biosphere protection
01.09.2012 - 31.12.2023
CHF  16’110’000

Geopolitical and economic transformation as well as global risks, crises, and uncertainties challenge the international community. Increasing international cooperation on global issues is seen as a way forward. Research and innovation play a key role in the effort to solve global problems and are among key drivers for an inclusive, climate-friendly societal transformation.


Research contributes to solving employment related problems in poor countries within the normative and conceptual framework of global sustainable development.

Target groups

  • Research community in Switzerland and developing countries.
  • Relevant stakeholders, which act to cause, facilitate, or prevent change in the field of employment at various scales.
  • Beneficiaries: societies in development countries; poor, marginalized, vulnerable population groups.
  • Medium-term outcomes

    With a focus on employment in the context of sustainable development the objectives are:

    • Scientific evidence and research based solutions are available regarding the following three key topics: the conditions and dynamics of employment; the social, economic and environmental effects of employment; the risks and chances of globalisation for employment.
    • National and international stakeholders are informed of the nature of the problems, trade-offs, and options for tackling and solving employment related problems in a more integrated manner, and make use of the provided evidence and tools.
    • Scientific competencies and expertise in dealing with the complexity of employment-related, globally relevant issues for the benefit of poor countries are increased.


    Results from previous phases:  

    The first thematic research module on social conflicts was launched in June 2012. It is too early to draw any conclusions. Nevertheless, SDC and the SNSF can build upon a successful partnership over the last 20 years.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    Swiss Academic and Research Institution
    • Swiss National Science Foundation

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    16’110’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    16’100’000
    Project phases Phase 5 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 4 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 3 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.09.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.03.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase)