Journal Article

Social Work Practice to Support Survival Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Siobhan E. Laird

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 1, pages 135-151
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl087
Social Work Practice to Support Survival Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The high levels of absolute poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy across the sub-Saharan region require African social workers to develop new methods of intervention which differ from those used in Western countries. Identifying, augmenting and enhancing the strengths of disadvantaged people lie at the core of all social work practice. This paper adumbrates the range of survival strategies used by African households and concludes that these require buttressing through alternative approaches to orthodox social work methods.

Keywords: social work; Africa; coping strategies; survival strategies; social development

Journal Article.  7278 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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