A happy life for all children
International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) is a knowledge organization in psychosocial development of children and young people growing up in difficult circumstances. ICDI believes in the power of children and young people, supporting their rights and addressing the underlying causes of the problems they face.
We aim to improve policies and practices by building the skills of: children, mothers, fathers, families, communities, local organizations, and authorities. ICDI also works with and for bigger international children's rights organizations, supporting knowledge transfer through training, research, and advice.
From Nepal to Nicaragua, and from Kiev to Katwijk, our dream is ‘a happy life for all children’. Serious and sincere, academic and practical, small and with major impact, ICDI has been promoting psychosocial well-being of children and young people for more than twenty years.
Find an example of what we do in this short video.
We are a small but dedicated group of professionals with academic backgrounds in the social sciences. Our organization consists of people with extensive experience in child and youth related issues. We work on two themes: Early Years (0-8 years) and Children and Youth (8-21 years). The salaries of ICDI staff (including the director) are based on the collective employment agreement for Dutch universities.What we do ›
ICDI's board members do their work on a voluntary basis and do not receive any remuneration for their activities. The board meets at least three times a year. ICDI's board consists of between three to seven members, who are appointed for a five-year period (re-election possible).
Ewout van Galen (chair)Ewout is Director Programme Department at Simavi with elaborate experience in workin...
Carla van Os (board member)Carla works as a researcher at the Study Centre for Children Migration and Law (University of...
Nina Schmitz (board member)Nina is director at Movement On The Ground, a foundation responding to a humanitarian crisis a...
Maja Zuiderveld (secretary)Maja joined ICDI's board January 2020. She is an educational specialist.
Committee of Recommendation
The members of the Committee of Recommendation support the mission and vision of ICDI. They are renowned dignitaries and experts in their respective fields. You can click on the below statements to read more about why they believe in our work.