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  Last update: May 7th 2010


The International Institute for Development and Ethics (IIDE) is an innovative scholarly institute, researching the extent, nature and normative aspects of poverty, inequality and injustice through local, regional, national and international channels.

  Expert meeting, VU University, Amsterdam.
Standing: Ton Veen, Sytse Strijbos, Gerrit Jan Bruijn,
Harry Wels, Stephen Turner, Willem Ellis, Kiepie Jaftha.
Sitting: Bob Goudzwaard, Sander Griffioen, Jan van der Stoep, Govert Buijs, Marnix Niemeijer.

IIDE was initiated in 2003 and started operating in 2004. In view of its global mission the IIDE aims to become active through branches in different parts of the world. The IIDE is currently represented in South Africa and The Netherlands by independent, but closely related legal entities.

In South Africa IIDE is housed at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. It has been registered as a 'Section 21' company with the South African Registrar of Companies, being a non-profit company with a philanthropic aim and operating procedure.

IIDE (Africa) is governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members.
IIDE (Europe) is registered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and takes the form of a legal non-profit foundation.
It is governed by a board consisting of four members.

Although IIDE is a fully independent organisation without ties to any religious denomination, it takes Christian principles and values as its primary source for guidance and reference. As such, its views on Christian social responsibility lead the way to its vision, its mission as well as its concrete services and products for the benefit of society.



IIDE wishes to offer its expert capabilities in order to enable people and organisations in the development environment to become more caring, creative and free in the context of development, operating on the basis of Christian values such as service, love, justice, equality, freedom, human dignity and solidarity.

IIDE will materialise its mission by:
- facilitating and stimulating beneficial changes to all layers and sectors of society,
  both in the 'developed' and 'developing' countries
- focusing on the empowerment of households and local communities
- promoting a strong interaction between theory and practice in knowledge production
  and practical intervention strategies for ethical development
- recognising the connection between local and global issues, ensuring interactive approaches
  to knowledge production and practical interventions
- elaborating on and influencing strategies and policies both at micro and macro level
- enhancing processes of responsible ethical decision making and human development
- promoting societal transformation by an holistic approach in order to restore stewardship,
  human dignity and healing
- contributing to sustainable livelihoods