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International organisations, social work and war: a ‘frog's perspective’ reflection on the bird's eye view

Reima Ana Maglajlic

in Social work in extremis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427182
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.003.0008
International organisations, social work and war: a ‘frog's perspective’ reflection on the bird's eye view

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This chapter reflects on several ‘critical incidences’ from the past two decades of this chapter's author's social work experience. She studied social work in her home town of Zagreb, Croatia, during the 1991–1995 war. Following five years of study and work in England, she lived and worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1999 to 2007, a country that was ‘recovering’ from a war that lasted from 1992 to the end of 1996. During these war and post-war periods, the author worked for a number of local and international organisations or initiatives including UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID and the European Community. The critical incidences that the chapter describes are all related to the manner in which international and supranational organisations get involved in countries that experience extreme political conflicts and/or war. The chapter is divided into three sections, focusing on an example from the war period, the immediate post-war period and the period where ‘social development’ and ‘transition’ labels are frequently applied to the post-war contexts.

Keywords: Croatia; international organisations; social work; war; political conflicts; Bosnia and Herzegovina; social development

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