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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 Poverty: Background and Issues
The field of poverty: Background and issues

Poverty has been termed the most significant problem confronting the modern world, and with one-quarter of the world's population significantly affected by poverty, the statement is not surprising. (Estimates of total global poverty vary, and there are wide regional disparities. The worst areas are sub-Saharan Africa with 50.9 percent living under $1.25 per day and South Asia with 38.6 percent—UNDESA, 2010b.) Others have referred to poverty as the greatest scandal confronting the modern world, in that globally humanity possesses the wealth and the knowledge to eradicate poverty; what is lacking is the political will to do so. Finally, poverty is widely regarded as the world's most intractable problem, given that, despite ...

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