Social development: Good practice guidelines

Green S. ; Nieman A. (2003)


Faced by increasing pressure on resources, stringent policy requirements and pervasive poverty affecting communities, welfare organisations and social workers in South Africa are forced to consider changing the way they operate. This article is based on a study that was undertaken to determine practical guidelines to help social workers and welfare organisations to implement and run social development programmes. An in-depth literature study as well as the findings of the qualitative research undertaken, proved that success can be achieved by adhering to certain good practice criteria which the researchers identified. These criteria, considered as guideposts, could be helpful to practitioners contemplating instituting social development projects.

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