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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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Social Work in Africa

Social Work in Africa

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(p.365) 55 Social Work in Africa
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0055

This chapter discusses the challenges, successes, and prospects of social work in Africa. The prevailing socioeconomic situation in Africa presents a number of challenges for social work education and practice. Social workers are faced with socioeconomic and cultural challenges that require a great deal of innovation. Social work remains a frontline profession and continues to play a critical role in the increasingly complex social problems on the continent. It is necessary, therefore, to establish curricula and practice methods that embrace the local context. Social work educators and practitioners in African countries need to find paradigms that address social issues built on the sociocultural, economic, political, and environmental conditions pertaining to their communities. Social work practitioners should be well versed in the diversified cultural knowledge of people's needs if the profession is to influence their lives in a positive manner and make a meaningful contribution to social development.

Keywords:   social work practice, Africa, social work education, social development

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