Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work in Africa

Social work in Africa
Lengwe-KatembuIa J.Mwansa and LindaKreitzer

Introduction

The social work profession has a dream, a belief and a hope for the millions of people in the world. As a professional activity and creative enterprise in human service, social work remains committed to the promotion of social justice and human rights, focusing specifically on marginalised and disadvan-taged people. It has a futuristic vision and mission to make a difference in people's lives by mediating between them and their environment (Ambrosino et al., 2005; Maluccio et al., 2002; Mullaly, 1997). However, in a rapidly changing and globalising environment, it has become increasingly important to give meaning to the profession's guiding standards and principles in relation to the specific needs of people in different countries ...

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