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.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
A nivel mundial
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Conflito y fragilidad
Cambio climático y medio ambiente

Creación de empleo
Prevención de los conflictos
Protección de la biosfera
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.

Grupos destinarios

  • 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.
  • Efectos a medio plazo

    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.


    Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

    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.

    Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
    Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
    Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
    Institución académica y de investigación suiza
    • Fondo Nacional Suizo para el fomento de la investigación científica (FNS)

    Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    16’110’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    16’100’000
    Fases del proyecto Fase 5 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso) Fase 4 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso) Fase 3 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso) Fase 2 01.09.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso) Fase 1 01.03.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso)