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Professional Social Work in East Africa

Towards Social Development, Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality

edited by Helmut Spitzer, Janestic M. Twikirize, Gidraph G. Wairire

Prevalent poverty and related problems in the East African region call for substantial action from various stakeholders, including social workers. This book, based on comprehensive empirical research, portrays an emerging yet powerful profession that has a significant role to play in the endeavour towards social development, social justice, human rights and gender equality. The book is the first of its kind to provide first-hand theoretical and empirical evidence about social work in East Africa.

ISBN 9789970253678 | 418 pages | 244 x 170 mm | 2014 | Fountain Publishers, Uganda | Paperback



"The book raises the question of what social work’s proper role and function should be in the context of East Africa’s cultural, demographic, economic and political circumstances, and it is in this regard that it makes a particularly important international contribution."

James Midgley, Harry & Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"This comprehensive scholarly book on social work in East Africa is a most welcome addition to the global literature on professional social work. Insightful chapters on poverty reduction, development, gender perspectives and the state of social work will interest readers from around the world and serve as essential material for the region. It is an impressive milestone in advancing locally authored social work literature."

Lynne M. Healy (PhD), Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut, USA

"This is a cutting edge, innovative volume which considers the proper role and function of social work in East Africa. The book is both comprehensive and extensive in its coverage of issues, and will immensely enrich the discourse on the in vogue theme of social development. Diverse groups, including scholars, researchers, planners and policymakers interested in social work and social development in Africa will certainly find the publication a ‘must consult’ reference resource."

Rodreck Mupedziswa (PhD), Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, University of Botswana



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