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A rapidly growing number of social workers are expressing a deep interest in and strong concern for global situations adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people. Such situations include global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons, and vulnerable and marginalized groups within them. Increasingly practitioners from several professions are actively involved in addressing these issues at local, national and international levels. This book aims to encourage and inform such involvement by drawing together the practice wisdom gradually emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Utilizing an integrated perspectives approach incorporating global, human rights, ecological and social development perspectives, the text is designed to prepare social workers, human services professionals, development practitioners and others who ...

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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