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The Routledge International Handbook of Social Development, Social Work and the Social Development Goals

Edited By David Androff, Janianton Damanik Copyright 2024
    656 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
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    The Routledge International Handbook on Social Development, Social Work, and the Sustainable Development Goals answers the question: What is the contribution of social development and social work to the Sustainable Development Goals? The success of the SDGs requires implementation, and each of the 17 objectives for sustainable social progress have a social dimension. The SDGs, like the MDGs before them, were born of a larger social development movement which over the last 25 years has become increasingly mainstream in the fields of international development, sustainability, and social work. These practitioners are essential to the implementation of the SDGs. This handbook examines how the SDGs are being implemented in diverse contexts.

    No previous work has surveyed social development and social work’s contribution to the SDGs nor represented voices from the Global South on the SDGs. This book broadens the current literature by focusing on key sites throughout the Global South and featuring underrepresented voices from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These regions are vitally important to assessing the SDGs, as this is where innovative social development projects are occurring, and where social workers are playing a leading role in achieving the SDGs.

    Divided into eight parts:

    • Context of Social Development, Social Work, and the SDGs
    • Perspectives on the SDGs
    • Case Studies on Engagement with the SDG Agenda

    • Case Studies on Ending Poverty
    • Case Studies on Health and Wellbeing
    • Case Studies on Gender Equality
    • Case Studies on Climate and Sustainability
    • Case Studies on Governance, Peace, and Justice

    and comprised of 35 newly written chapters by 74 authors, it will be of interest to a broad interdisciplinary audience of scholars, educators, and students in the fields of social development, social welfare, social work, social policy, human rights, international relations, political science, international affairs, sustainability, community development, area studies, and development studies.

    Chapter One – Social Development, Social Work, and the Sustainable Development Goals
    David Androff and Janianton Damanik

    Part I – Context of Social Development, Social Work, and the Sustainable Development Goals

    Chapter Two – Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals
    James Midgley

    Chapter Three – Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Working in Partnership Towards Sustainable Development Goals
    Antoinette Lombard

    Chapter Four – Social Work Education’s Contribution to the SDGs
    Annamaria Campanini

    Part II – Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

    Chapter Five – Achieving Goal One of the SDGs: Social Development and Social Work Responses to Poverty Reduction in the Global South
    Leila Patel

    Chapter Six – Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Envisioning a Transformative Social Work Agenda
    Arati Maleku, Shambika Raut and Njeri Kagotho

    Chapter Seven – Environmental and Climate Sustainability: The New Frontier of Social Justice
    Andreas Rechkemmer

    Chapter Eight – Sustainable Development Goal 10: The Challenge of Reducing Inequality
    Lynne M. Healy

    Chapter Nine – Transformation to Eco-Social Governance – Social Work and the United Nations
    Priska Fleischlin

    Chapter Ten – (International) Migration and the SDGs
    Nicola Piper, Jenna Hennebry and Branka Likić-Brborić

    Chapter Eleven – Re-evaluating Implementation of SDGs for Social Development that Addresses Afrophobia Through a Reparative Justice Framework
    H. B. Adediran Olaiya and Jared O. Bell

    Part III - Case Studies on Engagement with the SDG Agenda

    Chapter Twelve – Sustainable Development Goals: Milestones, Barriers, and Opportunities for Social Work Practice in Ghana
    Mavis Dako-Gyeke, Vyda M. Hervie, Eunice Abbey, Kingsley Saa-Touh Mort and Richard Baffo Kodom

    Chapter Thirteen – Moving Toward the Fulfilment of the SDGs: The Case of Vietnam
    Nguyen Thi Thai Lan, Bui Thanh Minh and Cu Chi Loi

    Chapter Fourteen – Social Development, Social Work, and the Sustainable Development Goals in the United Arab Emirates
    Abdulaziz Albrithen

    Chapter Fifteen – Social Work, Covid-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals: A South African Perspective
    Vishanthie Sewpaul

    Chapter Sixteen – Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Adolescents in Chile: Progress and Pending Debts
    Mahia Saracostti and Belen Sotomayor

    Part IV - Case Studies on Ending Poverty

    Chapter Seventeen – SDGs in Action: A Case Study from Thailand
    Jitti Mongkolnchaiarunya and Pongtape Suntigul

    Chapter Eighteen – 2030 SDGs in Argentina. A look at state response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    Silvana Martínez and Mario Villarreal

    Chapter Nineteen – Sustainable Development in Changing Society – An Example of the Republic of Croatia
    Nino Žganec, Ana Opačić and Gordana Berc

    Chapter Twenty – Rapid Development and Community Transitions for SDG in Indonesia
    Bambang Shergi Laksmono

    Part V - Case Studies on Health and Wellbeing

    Chapter Twenty-one – A Collaborative Agenda for Health and Well-being in Uganda: Medical Social Workers Working with a Community Church
    Venesio Bwambale Bhangyi, Denis Kilama, Sophia Namuwanga, Friday Toko and Senkosi Moses Balyejjusa

    Chapter Twenty-two – Japan’s Effort to Meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Existing and Potential Roles for Social Workers and Social Development Workers
    Miyuki Inaba

    Chapter Twenty-three – Role of Social Work in Achieving Social Development Goals (SDGs) in Sri Lanka: Issues and Challenges
    Chandani Liyanage and Shamini Attanayake

    Chapter Twenty-four – Social Work and Sustainable Development Goals: An Indian Perspective
    Ruchi Sinha, Srilatha Juvva and Vimla Nadkarni

    Part VI – Case Studies on Gender Equality

    Chapter Twenty-five – Towards Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality in Namibia in the Past, Present, and Future
    Janetta Ananias, Nicole Bromfield, Victor Chikadzi, Emmerentia Leonard, Immaculate Mogotsi and Veronica Rose Theron

    Chapter Twenty-six – Women’s Role in Shaping Social Welfare in the State of Qatar
    Alyaa Al-Maadeed and Soleman Abu-Bader

    Chapter Twenty-seven – UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Violence against Women in Kyrgyzstan
    Jildyz Urbaeva, Jill Messing, Chiaoyu Yang and Jinhee Koo

    Part VII – Case Studies on Climate and Sustainability

    Chapter Twenty-eight – Poverty Alleviation Takes Shape in Guizhou, China – An Innovative, Industry-led, Ecologically-friendly Initiative
    Yunyu Xiao and Julian Chun-Chung Chow

    Chapter Twenty-nine – Clean Water, Sustainable Development, and Social Work: The Case of Costa Rica
    Cindy Calvo

    Chapter Thirty – Social Workers’ Role in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals in Rural Nigeria: The Case of Umuebu Neighborhood House
    Sunday Ofili Ibobor

    Part VIII – Case Studies on Governance, Peace, and Justice

    Chapter Thirty-one – SDGs in Colombia: Lights and Shadows Between a Peace Agreement and a Pandemic
    Consuelo Uribe-Mallarino and Julia Eslava-Rincon

    Chapter Thirty-two – Mapping the Philippines’ Performance on Selected SDGs: The Social Work Lens
    Suzanne M. Nazal, Yolanda G. Ealdam, Ana Teresa L. Prondosa and Exxon B. Susmerano

    Chapter Thirty-three – The Role of Social Workers in Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan
    Aytakin Huseynli

    Chapter Thirty-four – Advocacy for Implementation of SDGs in Brazil: A Case Study of the Civil Society Working Group for the 2030 Agenda
    João Bôsco Hora Góis and Francisco José Mendes Duarte


    Chapter Thirty-five - Waking Up in 2030: Implications for Implementing the SDGs
    David Androff and Janianton Damanik


    David Androff is Professor and Associate Director for Doctoral Education of the Arizona State University School of Social Work, US. His research focuses on human rights, social development, and immigrants and refugees. He is the author of Refugee Solutions in the Age of Global Crisis: Human Rights, Integration, and Sustainable Development published by Oxford University Press in 2022. He was elected Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research in 2023 and received the Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Award from the Global Commission of the Council on Social Work Education in 2022.

    Janianton Damanik is Professor at the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Universitas of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He is a member of the International Consortium of Social Development and Indonesian Association of Social Development and has many international publications on social development issues, poverty reduction, and sustainable tourism. His current research interest is community development and livelihoods.