The Trade Union Development Cooperation Network (TUDCN) is an initiative of ITUC that brings together affiliated trade union organisations, the solidarity support organisations (SSO), the representatives of the ITUC regional organisations and the Global Union Federations (GUFs). The network’s objective is to bring the trade union perspective into the international development policy debates and improve the coordination and effectiveness of trade union development cooperation activities.
The work of the network focuses on advocacy and capacity building activities which include organizing conferences and seminars as well as issuing publications: a regular newsletter Trade Union Focus on Development and Development Papers series which include policy statements and research projects of TUDCN.
ITUC development cooperation strategy is based on the principle of the democratic ownership. The TUDCN firmly believes that people should be in charge of their development policies.
The TUDCN has been operating since 2007 with the financial support of the affiliated organisations and the European Commission.