Social Workers Across Nations
In recent years, the Social Work profession has increasingly been recognized as a global human rights-based profession equipped to deal with a range of issues and challenges confronting urban and rural communities worldwide. As the global community continues to face health disparities, poverty, an increase in orphans, and vulnerable children, gender-based violence, and related critical issues, social workers are able to build and expand collaborations with in-country professionals and programs to promote comprehensive, culturally competent services.
Recognizing that social work is now a global profession the NASW Foundation initiated the Social Workers Across Nations (SWAN) program to provide a mechanism for social workers in the United States to offer their expertise and skills to the international community and to develop supportive and collaborative linkages with social workers around the world. NASW and the NASW Foundation have worked with a wide array of partner organizations on international issues involving the social work profession. The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), IFSW North America Region, the United Nations, and the Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, are among these partnerships. We provide a summary here about these important relationships and outcomes of our collaborative work.