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.

Poverty, Development and Social Justice

Poverty, development and social justice
MurliDesai and JohnSolas

Introduction

The commentary on the international definition of social work states that ‘In solidarity with those who are disadvantaged, the profession strives to alleviate poverty and to liberate vulnerable and oppressed people in order to promote social inclusion.’ (International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), 2000; see Appendix 1). The Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession adopted in 2004 by the IFSW and IASSW state that a core purpose of social work is to ‘Engage in social and political action to impact social policy and economic development, and to effect change by critiquing and eliminating inequalities'. The domain of social work ...

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