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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Poverty and Human Needs

Poverty and Human Needs

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(p.232) 35 Poverty and Human Needs
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Handbook of International Social Work
Author(s):

Vimla Nadkarni

Govind Dhaske

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0035

This chapter looks at poverty and human needs in an integrated framework. Within a perspective-based discussion, it analyzes the role of the social work profession in advancing the practice for policy change. Perspective building on poverty in international social work education and practice is imperative in the current context of increasing disparities in global development. The dynamic nature of poverty needs a vigilant approach from the social work profession through global alliances with civil society, NGOs, and multidisciplinary professional networks. Social work research should explore the linkages of poverty issues with governance and policy-induced institutional structures, which should inform advocacy and context-specific aspects within poverty eradication policies. Finally, social work interventions should mobilize people to form a constructive movement for policy change on poverty.

Keywords:   poverty, human needs, social work practice, social work education

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