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Internationalization for Building Competences / Global Transformation & Social Work Practice

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Global Transformation & Social Work Practice

The aim of the four-year program (2023-2026) funded by the BMZ and the German Academic Exchange Service is to establish SDG partnerships (Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations) between countries of the "Global North" and the "Global South".
The program thus builds on the cooperation between the universities - University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and University of Applied Social Studies Dortmund - which has already been funded over the past four years. The new cooperation partner is Midland State University in Harare (Zimbabwe).
The four-year project focuses on issues of global transformation and their impact on social work actors.

Central topics of this discourse include:

  • Distribution of poverty and wealth in the countries of the Global North and South and consequences for societies
  • Influence of colonial rule on the countries of the Global South
  • Racism and forms of discrimination as a challenge for social work
  • Social work as a human rights profession and the contribution to solving global problems along the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Ethnocentrism and Eurocentrism as a challenge for the countries of the Global South
  • The opportunities of a return to "indigenous" knowledge for the countries of the Global South and the Global North
  • ...

Numerous activities are planned along this thematic classification of the program.
We hope that with this four-year program and the numerous activities and thematic focal points, we can lay a foundation for future strategic cooperation between the participating universities.
Encounter is the key to understanding, scientific debate the gateway to knowledge and trust and mutual respect the prerequisite for social justice and peace.
If we can make a contribution with our project to sensitizing the next generation of researchers and social workers to the challenges of our time, then one of the main concerns of the project will have been achieved.

For further questions about the program and planned activities, please contact the project coordinator, Ms. Dorothee Boecker: dorothee.boeckerfh-dortmundde 

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