Poverty Eradication

United Nations Global Compact 2014-16 strategy for engagement with the private sector

The UN Global Compact released its 2014-2016 strategy on 10 February 2014, which lays out how the initiative will work to make corporate sustainability a transformative force in achieving a shared, secure and sustainable future. The Global Compact is the main vehicle for the United Nations to engage with the private sector and to involve […]

Focus on growing inequality at opening of UN Commission on Social Development

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo Worsening worldwide inequality is causing serious unease among senior UN officials, as is evident in the statement of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, at the opening the 2014 session of the Commission for Social Development in New York on 12 February 2014. Against the […]

Report on World Social Situation 2013: Inequality Matters

‘There is growing evidence and recognition of the powerful and corrosive effects of inequality on economic growth, poverty reduction, social and economic stability and socially-sustainable development’ according to the latest report on the world social situation, published by the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of UN DESA. The report also warns […]

Extreme weather can be the ‘most important cause of poverty’

New research suggests that extreme weather events will keep people poor in many parts of the world.  The authors argue that where disasters like drought are prevalent, they can be the most important cause of poverty. Up to 325 million people will be living in countries highly exposed to natural hazards by 2030, the report […]

Voices for Development – Outcomes from African Region conference

  Social workers from across Africa met in Johannesburg in September 2013 to send messages to their governments and international development agencies. The Voices For Development Conference will inform regional and national governments that it is not acceptable that regional economic growth has not translated into positive social outcomes. Realising the importance of hearing the views of social […]

Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight of the world’s total population, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies on 1 October 2013. ‘The good news is that it is possible for the world to […]

New UN website for research on social development

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has launched a new website which will be very helpful to those working in social development and social work. UNRISD is an autonomous research institute within the UN system that undertakes multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues.  These issues […]

Never ‘JUST a social worker’ says Deputy Minister

25 September 2013 ‘Social workers make an essential contribution to community life in South Africa’, said Deputy Minister Mara Bongi Ntuli speaking at today’s opening of the world conference ‘Voices for Development’ being held in Johannesburg 25 – 27 September 2013. Thanking social workers for their hard work, she told the almost 600 social work […]

Why can’t we use our experience of fighting colonialism and apartheid to fight poverty?

25 September 2013 Social workers and communities should rediscover the energy of past struggles to renew the fight against poverty, according to Professor Abye Tassé in his keynote address to the ‘Voices for Development’ conference which opened in Johannesburg today, 25 September 2013. Professor Tassé deplored the lack of ambition in the report of the […]

Social workers urged to make a difference in the broader pursuit of human dignity and social justice

25 September 2013 Welcoming the Minister and participants to the world conference ‘Voices for Development’, Mrs Civil Legodu, President of NASW SA said ‘we are meeting at a very relevant time as the world’s leaders are also meeting today at the United Nations General Assembly – and the issues for discussion in both places have […]