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The Field of Development: Background and Issues
The field of development: Background and issues

The purpose of this and the following chapter is to present local-level development as a field of international social work. This chapter provides a brief introduction to the overall development field. It is a vast and complex field to which many text and other books, along with a wide range of journals and reports, are devoted. Indeed, it could be said that the field of development is the central one. Today it is very common to focus on the links between development and poverty, conflict, displacement and migration (UNDP, 2009b), human rights (UNDP, 2007), economic globalization (UNDP, 2005a), climate change (Rodriguez & Bonilla, 2007; UNDP, 2007–2008), economic downturns like the global ...

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