An exploration of the social workers' role in promoting sustainability of poverty alleviating projects

Ndude, Peace-Maker Mqokeleli (2002) An exploration of the social workers' role in promoting sustainability of poverty alleviating projects. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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In this research study the researcher attempted to gain an insight on what constitutes sustainability of poverty alleviating projects. Further, the researcher attempted to explore and gain understanding of the role of social worker in promoting sustainability of poverty alleviating projects. Since the literature on sustainability is limited, it is hoped that this study will provide valuable information for further research on the topic. In the limited literature study undertaken however, it was evident that despite the generic service that they provide, social workers have a role to play in community development. It was found that social workers can no longer afford to restrict their service provision to the traditional methods of social work. The egalitarian nature of their profession demands that they occupy the centre stage in poverty alleviation as they are strategically placed between the poor and the decision-makers in government. Eighteen respondents composed of six social workers, six committee members and six community members from six poverty alleviating projects were interviewed. One project from each of the six districts of Tsomo, Nqamakwe, Butterworth, Centane, Idutywa and Willowvale were used in the research study. The fmdings suggested that social workers, committee members and community members have differing opinions on what promotes or impedes sustainability of poverty alleviating projects, All respondents however agreed that participation as well as empowerment through training were basic requirements towards sustainability of poverty alleviating projects. Again the findings agreed with the literature that social workers have an important role to play in promoting sustainability of poverty alleviating projects.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Poverty, South Africa, Poor, Social service
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities
Supervisors:Clarke-Mcleod, Peter
ID Code:3032
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:26 Jun 2012 09:36
Last Modified:26 Jun 2012 09:36
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