Africa has a long experience with reducing poverty and vulnerability. In the contemporary period, social development and social work are at the forefront of dealing with abject poverty and some of the world’s most difficult problems. This book highlights the contemporary African experience in addressing poverty and meeting the needs of vulnerable groups. Two decades ago, James Midgley challenged social workers and others involved in international work to learn from their colleagues in developing countries. This challenge has brought scholars from the North-South together through collaborative research, program development, and technical assistance and training. Social Development and Social Work highlights development-oriented work in Africa in areas such as juvenile offender programs, asset-based community development, women and HIV/AIDS, trafficked women, and children affected by war. It includes models of indigenous welfare and integrated development through collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts by universities, government and non-governmental organizations.
This book brings African scholarship in social development and social work to the attention of academics, students and practitioners worldwide, so they too can learn from it. It was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Community Practice.
Foreword James Midgley 1. Introduction: Can Africa Learn From Africa? Can the World Learn From Africa? Tasse Abye and Alice K. Butterfield PART I: THEORY 2. Indigenous Welfare and Community-Based Social Development: Lessons from African Innovations Leila Patel, Edwell Kaseke and James Midgley 3. Community-Based Juvenile Offender Programs in South Africa: Lessons Learned Willem Roestenburg and Emmerentie Oliphant 4. Women, Social Networks, and HIV Wassie Kebede PART II: POLICY 5. Replacement Feeding Experiences of HIV-Positive Mothers in Ethiopia Bogale Abera Woldegiyorgis and James L. Scherrer 6. Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda: A Critique of Modern Structures for Child Protection and Reintegration Eric Awich Ochen, Adele D. Jones and James W. McAuley 7. Trafficked to the Gulf States: The Experiences of Ethiopian Returnee Women Abebaw Minaye PART III: PRACTICE 8. "We Can’t Eat a Road:" Asset-Based Community Development and The Gedam Sefer Community Partnership in Ethiopia Mulu Yeneabat and Alice K. Butterfield 9. The Grassroots Londolozi Model of African Development: Social Empathy in Action Kate Groch, Karen E. Gerdes, Elizabeth A. Segal and Maureen Groch 10. An Integrated Developmental Model for Poverty Reduction in South Africa: An NGO’s Perspective Antoinette Lombard, Marieta Kemp, Nelie Viljoen-Toet and Martie Booyzen 11. Promoting Social Development: Building a Professional Social Work Association in Namibia Janetta Ananias and Elizabeth Lightfoot 12. Conclusion: Learning from Africa: Publication and Research Alice K. Butterfield and Tasse Abye