Developmental Social Work Analysis

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Developmental social workers are social entrepreneurs Across the world, entrepreneurship is going through a revival at a time when, at least at the grassroots or local community level, there is renewed interest in self-employment, informal sector or small business development. The failure of governments, corporations and markets to generate enough jobs for the unemployed is in large part the reason for the burgeoning of small individual or micro-enterprises across diverse contexts. Enterprise Facilitation is a respectful person-centred approach that rests on the belief that people, not formulas, create and run successful businesses, in so doing constantly reshaping the economic landscape. It was founded on the assumption that self-motivation,…show more content…
For example, there is confusion as to what these terms developmental social work actually mean in practice and this has limited its application (Patel and Hochfeld, 2012). The terms social development, developmental social welfare and developmental social work are very familiar in social work hence confusing practitioners. According to a study by Patel & Hochfeld (2012) in an attempt to explain what developmental social work and social work mean, respondents idetified key concepts that influence their understanding of developmental social work such as empowerment; capacity building development; and participation. These are concepts that match established social work conventions in that they are commonly used in individual and community empowerment practice. However, other aspects of developmental social work such as high impact interventions, generalist interventions, economic development, and broad human rights promotion and advocacy, were cited less frequently by the respondents. This clearly shows that social workers are not aware of some important concepts in develomental social work which challenges their practice. Social workers have difficulties in comprehending the inter-relatedness between the social and economic aspects. One of the focus group participants said that: Social workers have a poor…show more content…
In a study that was conducted by Mhiribidi (2010) it was revealed that in order to address social ills facing the African continent, academics and practitioners in Africa indicates that it is essential that the continent ought to promote the developmental rather than the remedial approach to social work. Zimbabwe is one of the countries that seem to have heeded this call. However it was discovered that public assistance scheme in Zimbabwe has remained essentially remedial, with only limited attempts made towards initiatives that facilitate a developmental thrust such as self-reliance (Mhiribidi, 2010). It also emerged from the study findings that at the policy level, the thrust of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is to implement both remedial and developmental approaches to social work, while on the ground only a few of the activities of the DSS could be regarded as developmental in nature. The reason given for this irregularity was mainly scarcity of resources. According to Mhiribidi (2010), while developmental social work was preferred especially by the professional social workers, remedial social work is likely to remain a predominant feature particularly because of lack of a conducive environment that would enable the
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