About Us

Our Aim

We strive to provide human care through the activation of EMPATHY and building of cargivers competencies in order to achieve quality relationships that enhance development of humanity especially children and as part of our strategy we uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Who We Are

ICDP is based on the idea that human beings are by nature social, and that also means that we, as human beings, are particularly vulnerable in our social relationships because that is the domain of our suffering and our happiness. So when we are deprived of normal human contact, there is suffering and loss, as we can see in institutionalized children.

This is where ICDP comes in to restore and revive normal human caring interaction. And this does not only apply to care for babies and young children, it applies at all levels of life from babies to youth, adults and elderly - we are all living in relationships with each other, and the quality of these relationships decides how we feel, cope and develop. Therefore ICDP is in principle applicable at all these levels... – Professor Karsten Hundeide


To provide human care that enhances the total development of the child


A society where children’s well being is achieved through the release of Empathy by caregivers

Core Values

Integrity, Empathy, Participation, Gender Responsiveness

Our Team Leaders

Karsten Hundeide
Karsten Hundeide


International Child Development Programme began developing in 1985 but an organisation was not founded until 1992 when it was registered as an international foundation, in Oslo, Norway. Professor Karsten Hundeide led the organization as chair till he died in September 2011

Joyce Dodzi Larnyoh
Joyce Dodzi Larnyoh

Country Director, Ghana

The ICDP approach in Ghana is being spear-headed by Joyce and she has over the years trained caregivers in the empathy based approach towards child care. She goes with the ICDP concept as she solves issues within the ghanaian community.