what we do

Focused on advocacy, knowledge-building and technical assistance projects in various areas of social development carried out at the country level and internationally, ICSW and our members are active in a wide range of fields within the general areas of social welfare. Fighting poverty, inequality and marginalization and building the resilience of the vulnerable groups to economic, social and environmental shocks is one of the key objectives of the organization.

Information and Communications

ICSW gathers and distributes information to civil society organisations, governments and intergovernmental organisations. We deliver information through journals, reports, electronic newsletters and our website.

Policy Development and Advocacy

ICSW undertakes research and organises consultations to help analyse problems and develop policies. Each of our global biennial conferences covers a very wide range of issues. Other forums, seminars and workshops are convened on specific topics.

We prepare written policy submissions, lobby governments and organise delegations to attend key international meetings. We also work with other international organisations, especially by convening joint meetings and developing consistent policies.

How Do We Relate to the United Nations (UN/ONU)?

ICSW has the highest level of consultative status with the United Nations in relation to the work of the Economic and Social Council. It is also accredited to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and to regional intergovernmental organisations.

ICSW's high level of consultative status within the United Nations has also ensured that the organisation is consulted and involved in important social development issues being discussed by the United Nations.

What does ICSW do at the UN?