KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

International Collaboration in Social Welfare

11 International collaboration in social welfare

Although the world’s governments have entered into diplomatic compacts and trade agreements for centuries, international collaboration in social welfare is of more recent origin. Many scholars believe that the first purposeful attempts to foster international social welfare collaboration were made in the nineteenth century when a number of nonprofits in Europe and North America established links with their counterparts in other countries. Concerned with the abolition of slavery, the promotion of peace, securing votes and other rights for women, and advocating for temperance, these efforts resulted in the creation of the first international social welfare organizations. Their activities were augmented when governments established the first international organizations to deal with problems that reached beyond ...

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