• Anna Nieman Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.



To address the conditions of poverty and underdevelopment in the country, the SouthAfrican government has accepted the social development approach as policy fordelivery of social services. Social welfare organisations and other similar social serviceproviders, such as faith-based organisations (FBOs), have attempted to implement thispolicy with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success. It has been stated that thetransformation of service delivery requires a “…comprehensive reshaping of socialwork practice” (Green, 1999:29) to bring about the changes that people andcommunities need to escape the degrading conditions of poverty. In this regard socialdevelopment encompasses the broad multi-dimensional concepts of planned changetowards social and economic well-being, and the improvement of the quality of life forindividuals, groups and communities (Billups, 1994; Pandey, 1981; Midgley, 1994).


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How to Cite

Nieman, A. (2014). SOCIAL CAPITAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 42(2).