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



To address the conditions of poverty and underdevelopment in the country, the South
African government has accepted the social development approach as policy for
delivery of social services. Social welfare organisations and other similar social service
providers, such as faith-based organisations (FBOs), have attempted to implement this
policy with varying degrees of enthusiasm and success. It has been stated that the
transformation of service delivery requires a “…comprehensive reshaping of social
work practice” (Green, 1999:29) to bring about the changes that people and
communities need to escape the degrading conditions of poverty. In this regard social
development encompasses the broad multi-dimensional concepts of planned change
towards social and economic well-being, and the improvement of the quality of life for
individuals, 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).