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ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር – THERE IS SO MUCH SOCIAL WORK KNOWLEDGE IN AFRICAN PROVERBS, A LOOK AT SOME PROVERBS FROM ETHIOPIA

ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር፡፡ means when webs of a spider join together, they can trap a lion. Ethiopian people have enormous proverbs which can explain social work knowledge in the same manner as western theories. Some of these proverbs can articulate and detail social, economic, political, spiritual, environmental, and psychological subjects within one sentence. TheContinue reading “ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር – THERE IS SO MUCH SOCIAL WORK KNOWLEDGE IN AFRICAN PROVERBS, A LOOK AT SOME PROVERBS FROM ETHIOPIA”

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF SIDI PEOPLE BELOW, YOU WOULD THINK THEY ARE SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA, BUT NO, THIS IS INDIA! How did these 850 000 African descendent Bantu end up in Asia?

Sidi is not a country but the BaSidi, VaSidi or The Sidi are African diaspora people in Asia, mainly in Makran and Karachi in Pakistan and Karnataka, Gujarat and Hyderabad in India. They are Bantu. In historical texts, they are also referred to as Zanj, which means country of the blacks. Some of them areContinue reading “WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF SIDI PEOPLE BELOW, YOU WOULD THINK THEY ARE SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA, BUT NO, THIS IS INDIA! How did these 850 000 African descendent Bantu end up in Asia?”

INNOVATIVE FIELDWORK PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN SOCIAL WORK TRAINING: LESSONS FROM RURAL CAMP INITIATIVE IN INDIA

Sanjoy, R. (2021) Rural camp in social work practicum: A lively pedagogy of learning. African Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 12-22 In social work, learning comes from varied pedagogical dimensions of activities and interventions. These include observation and analysis of field work settings with social realities and participation in designing and providing social work interventionContinue reading “INNOVATIVE FIELDWORK PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN SOCIAL WORK TRAINING: LESSONS FROM RURAL CAMP INITIATIVE IN INDIA”

COVID-19 and Changing Family System: Evidence from India

Professor Roy@Indigenous Social Work Family refers to a universal, permanent and pervasive institution characterized by socially approved sexual access and reproduction, common residence, domestic services and economic co-operation. The family is generally regarded as a major social institution which plays an important role in the socialization of individuals. The family is also the locus ofContinue reading “COVID-19 and Changing Family System: Evidence from India”

History of South African Social Work – the founding role of Charlotte Makgomo-Mannya Maxeke (1871-1939)

For more about the history of social services, welfare and social work in South Africa, see https://africasocialwork.net/south-africa/ Regarded as the Mother of Black Freedom in South Africa, Mama Maxeke is a founder and and mother of social work in the country. Mama Maxeke was born in 1971 (other sources say 1974) in Ramokgopa, Polokwane DistrictContinue reading “History of South African Social Work – the founding role of Charlotte Makgomo-Mannya Maxeke (1871-1939)”

A thesis in an African Language: Why it is important to use African languages in education, research and publishing

Recently, renowned African author Ignatius Mabasa completed his doctor of philosophy (PhD) thesis in his language. He conceptualised, wrote and published his thesis in Shona. The thesis is titled Chave Chemutengure Vhiri Rengoro: Husarungano Nerwendo Rwengano Dzevashona, meaning The folktale in confrontation with a changing world: a Shona storyteller’s autoethnography. The Zimbabwean was a studentContinue reading “A thesis in an African Language: Why it is important to use African languages in education, research and publishing”

Ethiopian History of Social Work and Social Services

Acknowledgments: Andargatchew Tesfaye, 1986, Social Welfare programmes and social work education in Ethiopia and other sources The history of social services and social work in Ethiopia can be divided into 5 phases. the first phase is elaborated below while the other three phases can be read from https://africasocialwork.net/ethiopia/ Social services provided by families, communities and religiousContinue reading “Ethiopian History of Social Work and Social Services”

Ubuntu Theories

Ubuntu PHILOSOPHY Whose fault is it if no one knows about the philosophy of your grandfather and mine? Is it not your fault and mine? We are the intellectuals of (Africa). It is our business to distill this philosophy and set it out for the world to see (Samkange, 1980). Samkange (1980) argued that AfricansContinue reading “Ubuntu Theories”

Ubuntu and Social Work Resources

Ubuntu is a collection of values and practices that Black people of Africa view as making people and their communities authentic. While the nuances of these values and practices vary across different ethnic groups, they all point to one thing – an authentic individual human being is part of a larger and more significant relational,Continue reading “Ubuntu and Social Work Resources”


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