Mission and Values

Founded in 1938, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is funded by a grant from the Government of Norway, other donations and membership fees. Its Secretariat is located in Oslo, and operates under Norwegian law.

ICDE has been and will continue to be a global force for lifelong, open and flexible learning. To meet the new global challenges presented by the knowledge intensive economy and digital transformation, ICDE has developed this Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2020 in a spirit of openness, collaboration, accountability and transparency.


To be the global facilitator for inclusive, flexible, quality learning and teaching in the digital age.


To advance the interests of its members, ICDE works to:

  • Promote greater quality educational opportunity for all in the name of personal and societal development.
  • Further the acceptance of a wider range of learning modes.
  • Drive innovation and development in flexible educational provision.
  • Provide opportunities for professional interaction.
  • Encourage sharing of good practice and knowledge exchange.
  • Encourage and support linguistic groups and networks at national, regional and global levels.
  • Encourage ways to incorporate disadvantaged students in all educational provision.
  • Promote intercultural cooperation and understanding.


ICDE’s actions are guided by the following values:

  • ICDE believes that the needs of the learner must be central and advocates for student success.
  • ICDE is member-focused – ICDE is a global organization which involves members in decision-making, in cooperative action and in cooperative problem solving.
  • ICDE is transparent – members are able to follow the activities and decisions of ICDE.
  • ICDE aims for global and gender balance in its structures and activities.
  • ICDE believes that education is a universal right and should be available to all.

ICDE is a non-governmental organization (NGO) having consultative partnership status with UNESCO with which it shares its key aim – the attainment of quality education for all – as stated in UNESCO’s Declaration of Learner’s Rights and Responsibilities.[1]

Download the full Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2020 here


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