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How journal metrics and rankings deceive African writers, publishers, readers and universities

In recent years, several online based measurements of publications and research quality have emerged. Most (if not all) of these metrics and rankings were designed in developed countries and they are linked to powerful publishers or institutions. These measurements, called metrics or rankings, have been criticised for disadvantaging researchers, writers and publishers from developing countriesContinue reading “How journal metrics and rankings deceive African writers, publishers, readers and universities”

IS A DEFINITIONAL THRESHOLD OF 18 YEARS FOR WHO A CHILD IS, PRACTICALLY APPLICABLE AND FEASIBLE?

A DISHARMONY IN CHILD RIGHTS ADVOCACY: CONTENDING FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT by Mutape J. D. S. Sithole Is a definitional threshold of 18 years for who a child is, practically applicable and feasible? This is a billion dollar question for families, communities, civil society organisations and the government. This is the time to reconsider, redirectContinue reading “IS A DEFINITIONAL THRESHOLD OF 18 YEARS FOR WHO A CHILD IS, PRACTICALLY APPLICABLE AND FEASIBLE?”

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY 2022

African environmental, ecological and green social work must prioritise environmental decolonisation, repossession and justice Happy World Social Work day. WSWD is a day to remember the role social work plays in our society. This year the theme is focused on ecological social work, aka environmental social work or green social work. For those in otherContinue reading “WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY 2022”

Twelve (12) Tips and Information for Prospective Doctoral Students

The four types or levels of degrees are associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral. The bachelor’s and master’s degree are usually easy to understand. An associate degree is done is less time than a bachelor’s, usually two to three years and equal to an advanced, level three or higher diploma in other countries. A doctoral programContinue reading “Twelve (12) Tips and Information for Prospective Doctoral Students”

Kwanzaa: A celebration of family, community, culture and heritage

Founded in 1966, Kwanzaa (first fruit) is a festival and holiday celebrated by over 18 million African-Americans annually from 26 December to January 1. It is also celebrated in other parts of the world. Founding of Kwanzaa Dr Maulana Karenga (also known as Ronald McKinley Everett) founded Kwanza in 1966. As an African-American, he wasContinue reading “Kwanzaa: A celebration of family, community, culture and heritage”

IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS IGNITED ANGER OVER COLONIAL AND STRUCTURAL INJUSTICES FOLLOWING THE JAILING OF FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB GEDLEYIHLEKISA ZUMA. What are the lessons for social work?

On 8 July 2021, former South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was jailed for 15 months by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court after failing to appear before a commission investigating crime in the country. The jailing of the 79-year-old freedom fighter and anti-apartheid hero ignited nationwide discontent, massive ‘free Zuma’ demonstrations and looting.Continue reading “IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS IGNITED ANGER OVER COLONIAL AND STRUCTURAL INJUSTICES FOLLOWING THE JAILING OF FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB GEDLEYIHLEKISA ZUMA. What are the lessons for social work?”

Kenneth Buchizya Kaunda’s contribution to the philosophy of African humanism (ubuntu) and pan-African theory

Contributors: Jacob Rugare Mugumbate and Joachim Cuthbert Mumba On 17 June 2021, former Zambian president and pan-Africanist Kenneth Kaunda died in Lusaka at the age of 97. He was born at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, then part of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, on 28th April 1924. He together with his compatriots led a struggle againstContinue reading “Kenneth Buchizya Kaunda’s contribution to the philosophy of African humanism (ubuntu) and pan-African theory”

‘Come through the door, not the window’: The San Code of Research Ethics (San Code)

The San Code: A great resource for social workers Cite the Code as: South African San Institute (SAAI) (2017). The San Code of Research Ethics. Kimberly: South African San Institute The San Code of Research Ethics is comprehensive, and addresses ethics in non-academic, non-technical and non-foreign terms. It details ethics from a standpoint of SanContinue reading “‘Come through the door, not the window’: The San Code of Research Ethics (San Code)”

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”


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