Why Social Work?
Around the world, professional social workers collaborate and innovate to address critical issues of social and environmental justice, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment, conflict resolution, and sustainable community development. In doing so, related education, research, and field practices contribute to advancing structural and systemic changes to underlying causes of persistent social issues.
Within the past few years, social work professionals and scholars have articulated ways and means of advancing collective efforts to amplify awareness and optimize best social work practices. For example:
- American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASW) published its Grand Challenges for Social Work, and so articulated a call to action for all social workers “to champion social progress powered by science … and work together to tackle our nation’s toughest social problems”;
- The International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) published its Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, offering new perspectives and pragmatic urgency for collaboration, professional capacity-building, and coordinated actions to “meet our joint aspirations for social justice and social development”;
- The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), founded in 1928, represents international, national, and local organizations dedicated to social welfare, social development, and social justice. Its international headquarters are in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Kampala, Uganda. ICSW publishes Global Social Policy Journal and International Social Work.
- The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) publishes its free journal Social Dialogue, highlighting topics and tactics of social work practice around the world. Its Global Definition of the Social Work Profession conveys that:
World Social Work Day 2018World Social Work Day 2018 was on the 20th of March. The theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.
Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.
Together, these and many other organizations represent an innovative and important 21st Century frontier of professional social work. Pacific Bamboo Resources and, by extension, the projects of Bamboo For Good (B4G) reflect this spirit of innovation and aim to be of service and support to social workers and their client communities around the globe.
In support of efforts by the East Africa Centre of Innovation and Research in Social Work (CROSOWO), B4G offers a timely and unique opportunity for practical collaborations spanning countries, cultures, communities and contexts. B4G connects regional bamboo resources with diverse institutional partnerships to address critical urban and rural quality-of-life conditions across East Africa.
Connecting bamboo resources with social work and social welfare makes good sense, and PBR staff join international social work colleagues to apply many decades of combined social work education, research, and international fieldwork experience.