UJ: Poverty, Inequality and Social Development - Innovations Around The World

University of Johannesburg (UJ)
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 13 July, 2021

Poverty and inequality are longstanding social challenges, greatly increased by the global Covid-19 pandemic, and overlaid with other social, economic and political crises, mass population movements, racial injustice, the digital divide, and climate change. This combination of circumstances has had devastating impacts on people’s everyday lives and their livelihoods in different parts of the globe, an impact which is unparalleled in modern history. How governments, societies and social development actors respond to this conjuncture will shape the direction of social development and human development outcomes for years to come.
Every two years this prestigious conference brings together pioneers at the forefront of their fields and this year is no different with highly respected academics Prof Gina Chowa, Prof James Midgely and Prof Armando Barrientos presenting at the conference.

Prof Armando Barrientos, Emeritus Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester will deliver the opening keynote address. He is also co-Director of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa. Prof Barrientos’ 2010 book ‘Just Give Money to the Poor’ (co-authored with J. Hanlon and D. Hulme)shifted global views on the potential of cash transfers to transform welfare support in developing contexts. He will talk about social protection and social assistance post Covid-19.

Prof Gina Chowa, serves as the associate dean for global engagement at the School of Social Work and is the founding director of Global Social Development Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work. Prof Chowa has established a reputation as a leader in the field of global social development, having led various innovative social development intervention programmes and studies in Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa and India amongst other countries. Prof Gina Chowa will deliver the Dan Sanders Memorial Lecture and she will bring a nuanced perspective to the discussions on poverty and inequality.

Prof James Midgely - professor of the graduate school and dean emeritus (1997-2006) of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkley - another of the keynote speakers will deliver the Shanti Khinduka Memorial Lecture. Prof Midgley, Honorary Professor at the CSDA, is a pioneer in the fields of international social work and social work and social policy in the global south. His work has influenced thinking on social policy and social work across the globe. He will challenge delegates to consider innovative social policy solutions that address poverty and inequality.

Innovation is a key focus area of the conference this year and theme eight will unpack future directions in social development and social development innovations. Under this theme Prof Michael Sherraden an innovator and recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year 2010 for his work on Individual Development Accounts will be chairing a panel discussion with social development innovators to discuss their experiences of innovating to address social challenges, their successes and lessons learned, and how to take such innovations to scale and sustainability.

With submissions from over 30 countries the programme will offer delegates insights on poverty and inequality from across the globe. Click here to view the exciting programme we have lined up for delegates.
The conference will be hosted by the CSDA together with the Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Centre for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University, St Louis and the Peking University – Hong Kong Polytechnic University China Social Work Research Centre.

The conference is made possible by funding from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the National Research Foundation through the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development, Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the Centre for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University, St Louis.
Click here to view the exciting programme we have lined up for delegates and click here to register.

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