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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: Programs and Strategies
The field of poverty: Programs and strategies

The focus of this chapter is poverty alleviation at the local level in developing countries, although often with relevance in some areas of developed countries, identifying programs and strategies that have been found to be relatively effective. However, it should be appreciated that policies and programs at the macro or national level designed to eradicate or reduce poverty will always have implications for what should, and perhaps can, occur at the local level. In some countries, effective national policies and programs have virtually rendered unnecessary a focus on poverty alleviation at the local level. However, it is also not surprising that some countries that have produced excellent poverty alleviation programs at ...

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