Social Work

Microfinance

What is Microfinance ?

Latha, a 29-year-old married woman with three children borrowed Rs. 18,000 from the micro-financial service of a bank to set up a small provision store in Kothaipalli, a small village, in the north of Andhra Pradesh. Within a year, she started earning Rs. 3,500 a month from the store. With this money, she was able to provide her children a good education at a local private school. She was a part of a self help group in Andhra Pradesh which received financial assistance from a  Multinational Bank. These are real-life examples to illustrate how the micro-lending initiatives of banks affect the lives of the poor in India.

Basic financial services, like credit, savings and insurance, give people an opportunity to borrow, save, invest and protect their families against risk. But with little income or collateral, poor people are seldom able to borrow money from banks and other formal financial institutions. Even when they do have income or assets, the amounts they require are often too...

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What is Development Studies ?

In an increasingly muti-polar world,  knowledge of ‘developing countries’ is particularly relevant. Development Studies analyses social, political and cultural change in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the Caribbean and South America. It deals with such key issues as globalisation, inequality, poverty, gender relations, ethnicity and cultural representation.

The subject has taken on a much broader meaning than simply economic development, and now has ecological, cultural and moral implications. How does development affect the environment and human rights? How do religious and other cultural values influence economic development? If you have a global perspective or if you are fascinated by other cultures, Development Studies offers new opportunities in the world of work.
Development Studies is concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which are transforming people’s lives throughout the world. There has been a realisation that the solutions suggested, need to recognise cultural, social and environmental differences and that Western science and technology has to work with, and learn from, indigenous knowledge systems. Development Studies, therefore, is an approach which seeks to understand differences, examine key development issues and...

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What is NGO Management ?

Managing and leading an NGO is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. More and more NGOs are coming to realize that a widening range of knowledge, skills and strategies are necessary to achieve results, to enhance their impact and to remain effective in the work they do. NGO Management provides training for professional and effective management of NGOs which have become a major instrument of planning and implementation for socio-economic development projects.

The focus of the training courses is on gaining a thorough understanding of key concepts of NGO management, sharpening practical skills and developing strategies that you can immediately use in your work. It addresses real-life problems in a participatory and interactive learning environment to help you enhance your management capacity.

A course in NGO management assists your organisation in management of capacity building and in strengthening organisational efficiency. It provides managers and leaders with what is needed to achieve their organisation’s objectives and to look beyond to contribute actively in developing new approaches for the communities they serve.

 

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What is Social Work ?

Vedanta Aluminium Limited, has adopted all the 400 Anganwadis in six blocks of Kalahandi district under a project, Bal Chetna, in association with Sterlite Foundation and the state Government through private-public partnership. It provides five-fold services including play way method of learning, nutritious food, improvement of health status with focus on anaemia reduction and providing educational materials to the under-privileged group from 0-5 years. Vedanta has already earned a good name for successfully operating 32 Child Care Centres with 1,139 children in 18 villages.

This is an example of how the social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment of people to enhance their quality of life and well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. Its mission is to enable all people to develop their full potential, enrich their lives, and prevent dysfunction.

In solidarity with those who are disadvantaged, the profession strives to alleviate poverty and to...

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