The conference "Social work, community development and the Global Agenda". Date: 17-23.07.2012. Site: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Deadline: 01.04.2012
Organiser: Post-Graduate Course „Developing Neighbourhood and Community Support Systems‟, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik
Topics: Global agenda on social work and social development was drafted during 2010. One of the four framework areas it addresses is environmental sustainability, which includes involvement of local communities in developing relevant welfare responses. This and other challenges is set in the agenda as requiring engagement with local, national, regional and global bodies.
Links with the UN and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are stressed as relevant to enable analysis and consolidation of evidence for collective advocacy. However, the role of supranational bodies such as UN, World Bank, the international development organisations and national
governments and local communities on issues that concern social work and social welfare is neither straightforward nor simple. This year‟s course invites papers that explore the complex relationship between local community needs and involvement of the communities to develop relevant welfare responses with such international interventions and agendas – particularly from the perspective of reclaiming social work as a political action, as stated in the draft
It will also explore the meaning of initiatives and activism such as that witnessed during “Arab spring”, “European Summer” or “Occupy Wall Street” for the role of social work in achieving community development and social justice. Grants are available to scholars and post-graduate doctoral students from HESP for participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia,
Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. The Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport awards scholarship grants to postgraduate students and scholars of Croatian nationality.
Deadline: April 1, 2012
Contact: Reima Ana Maglajlić