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.

Epilogue: Toward a One World Perspective in Social Welfare

12 Epilogue: toward a one world perspective in social welfare

This book has shown that a very complex system of provision comprising different welfare institutions, agents, and interventions has evolved over the years to enhance the wellbeing of the world’s peoples. It has focused on the welfare institutions that provide a cultural context for the different policies and practices that meet social needs, solve problems, and maximize opportunities. It has also shown that despite making significant progress, many challenges still need to be addressed. These range from administrative and funding problems to more profound concerns, such as the pervasiveness of violence and the perpetuation of cultural, religious, economic, and political divisions that continue to afflict the ...

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