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The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa

Edited by: Mel Gray

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472468512
eBook ISBN: 9781315557359
Adobe ISBN: 9781317029380

10.4324/9781315557359
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Book description

All recent books on international social work mention Africa only briefly and few engage with the broader field of development studies. This book focuses solely on the unique African context engaging with issues relating to social work and development more broadly thus enabling a deeper examination and more complex and nuanced picture to emerge. Unlike most academic works, this book highlights multiple practitioner voices, with authors or co-authors that have recently been or are currently practising social workers. As an edited book, it draws from both academic research as well as lived practice experience, supported by strong theoretical positioning and guidance in introductory chapters, drawing on African literature, wherever possible. Looking at case-studies from Lesotho, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania and covering established areas of practice such as child protection; working with older people; working with people with disabilities; mental health; and mainstream services targeting women as well as emerging areas of developmental social work practice, such as humanitarian assistance in post-conflict situations; work with immigrants and refugees; and the training of community-based workers, this book takes a future-oriented perspective that aims to move beyond well-worn critiques to envision constructive and sustainable futures for social work and social development in Africa from a critical perspective.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Discourses shaping development, foreign aid, and poverty reduction policies in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Has social work come of age? Revisiting the authentisation debate 25 years on Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Social work practice in Lesotho’s Ministry of Social Development Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Social work and social protection in Ghana Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Social protection and social work practice in Zambia Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Social work practice with children in Botswana Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Social work practice in child and family welfare in Ghana Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The role of social work in the protection of vulnerable children Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Decolonising childcare practice in rural Zimbabwe Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Social work practice with older people Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Social work engagement in the community-based care of older people in Namibia Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in Uganda Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The role of social workers in the social management of epilepsy in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Improving mental healthcare in Ghana Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Social work practice in Ethiopian civil society organisations for people living with HIV and AIDS Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Providing a Lifeline for female survivors of human trafficking in Ghana Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Social justice and the moral question Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Same-sex relationships among women in Botswana Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Poverty alleviation, development, and social work practice in West Africa Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Social protection and social work in Uganda Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Decolonising social work practice in Nigeria Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Violence against children in Malawi and social work Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Vyama in Kenya Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Community development in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Social work practice in Rwanda Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Post-conflict humanitarian assistance in northern Uganda Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Social work practice with war-related humanitarian refugees through the Refugee Law Project in Uganda Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Strengthening Tanzania’s social welfare workforce to provide ongoing paraprofessional support services to vulnerable children and families Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Social work practice in the NGO sector in Uganda and Kenya Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Addressing gender inequality among girls and women Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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