As part of the International Development Theory and Practice course, 13 MSW students traveled to Washington, D.C. for two days of visits and briefings at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), local NGOs and other related DC sites.
The International Development course is an elective for the International Issues in Social Work and Social Work with Women and Children in Families Focused Areas of Study.
Students are introduced to international development with an emphasis on theories and practice strategies to attack poverty and improve human well-being globally and locally. Topics addressed include the scope of international relief and development, building local capacity, sustainability, cultural relevance and gender sensitive programming, facilitating and impeding factors, the role of international organizations and NGOs, ethics, and funding streams. Emphasis is put on local and national development projects and their global implications. Although international content is emphasized, the practice strategies covered are applicable to domestic social work practice.