The Theory and Practice of Developmental Social Work


in Social Work and Social Development

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI:
The Theory and Practice of Developmental Social Work

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This chapter provides an overview of developmental social work tracing its history, theoretical assumptions and strategies. It shows how developmental social work was influenced by the Global South. Key theoretical concepts used in the field are described. These concepts are consonant with social work’s increasing emphasis on the strengths and empowerment approaches. The chapter then discusses major social investment intervention strategies used in development social work including human capital investments, social capital mobilization, employment and self-employment (microenterprise), asset building strategies, and policies for removing barriers to effective economic participation among social work in social welfare clients. It shows that these practice interventions can be used to help the client groups that the profession has traditionally served while transcending social work's remedial and maintenance services and promoting community living and economic participation. The chapter concludes with a brief assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the social development approach in social work.

Keywords: social work; social developmental; social investment; international social work; empowerment

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