Relationship between Social Work, Alliances, and Inclusivity: Way Forward for a New Eco-Social impact in Kenya
Alliances and inclusivity for social work have become increasingly important in the recent past as implementing agencies seek to realise sustainable development from engagement and facilitation of communities. The current scenario of social education and practices has largely encountered aspects of exclusion and non-sustainability. The role of social work for innovation and sustainable development cannot be underestimated. It postulates that social workers have equal opportunity to draw from practice the values that bring about positive societal changes. Organisations and institutions have a role to play in this regard. It is the role of the service institutions in Kenya to promote ideas, concepts and systems that embrace innovative approaches which enhance sustainable development. This paper looks at how alliances can be effective in promoting the principles of innovative social work practices and sustainable development in Kenya. The role of research in social work forms the basis of the conceptual analysis for the discussion. Various concepts that enhance or hinder innovative social work approaches and sustainable development are also discussed. The achievement of national and international development goals like Kenya Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) largely depends on the creativity and innovation of social approaches and strategies. This paper strives to lift up the paradigm shift of social work education and practice as envisaged by social workers in Kenya and suggest possible intervention strategies necessary for co-building a new eco-social world. The author uses documentary analysis to explore challenges encountered and possible solutions. Empirical data was collected between March and May 2022 through semi-structured interviews with social workers, literature review and document analysis. This article recommends a strategic focus on the modalities and components of social work interventions as a way of enhancing the outcomes of co-building a new eco-social world.
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