International Social Welfare

Service User Involvement in UK Social Service Agencies and Social Work Education

Goossen, Carolyn
Austin, M.J.
Forming partnerships with service users became a requirement for social work education programs in the United Kingdom as of 2003, leading to the development of innovative approaches to social work education that involve service users as experts who are helping to teach the future generation of social workers. This article examines the perceptions of service user involvement and how it is implemented in the United Kingdom in the social service sector and the university setting, and concludes with implications for the United States.


Austin, M.J.

This analysis of welfare reform in Great Britain and the United States is based upon extensive interviews with local administrators responsible for implementing welfare reform in both countries. It focuses on a description of the implementation of the New Deal Lone Parent program in Great Britain that parallels the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare reform program in the United States. It features a description of the demographics of the lone parent population, the launching of the lone parent program, and the role of the lone parent program within the New Deal strategies for...

International Social Welfare

This body of research is based on a continuing search for ideas and experiences emerging from work with NGOs in developing countries that have implications for nonprofits in developed countries. The research includes NGO capacity building, pioneering NGOs, issues of gender and poverty, and the impact of economic collapse.

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Community Organizing and Service Delivery during an Economic Crisis: The Role of a Jewish International NGO in Argentina, 2001-2009

Murtaza, N.
Austin, M.J.

This analysis reviews a comprehensive program carried out by an American interna­tional nongovernmental organization (INGO), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC) during the 2001 Argentine economic crisis. The study shows that there are four elements that are critical in such situations: simultaneous social assis­tance, economic revitalization, and community renewal inputs; capacity building for individuals and institutions; an integrated approach; and active community outreach and participation.

Community and NGO Capacity in International Development Work: Towards a Model of Balance

Samples, M.

The term capacity building, within the context of international NGOs, often takes on a number of interpretations that fall into two forms of capacity. On one hand the term focuses on the community, referring to a facilitated process that supports communities to: develop their own direction in the solving of local collective problems; build off of existing community assets to improve community well-being, and create rubrics for measuring impact and growth. On the other hand, it focuses on the organization and activities meant to improve organizational effectiveness and performance so that...