• German Association for Public and Private Welfare

    The German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.) is the joint forum of municipalities and non-statutory social welfare organisations and their social services in Germany, private commercial enterprises, the Länder (federal states) and academia in all fields of social work, social policy and social law. ...mehr

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Picture: Cornelia Markowski, Tom Johannesen und Michael Löher

New Executive Director of the ICSW visits the German Association

On July 24, 2019, Mr. Michael Löher, Managing Director of German Association, warmly welcomed the new Executive Director of the InternationaI Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), Tom Johannesen from Norway, to the German Association. Mr. Johannesen has been in his new function for a month. In addition to getting to know each other for the first time, the talks also dealt with the assessments and suggestions of the German Association with regard to the further development of the ICSW and a better communication within the network in the coming years – at the global and regional level.

The German Association is an ICSW founding member. Mr. Johannesen can look back on many years of successful work in an international NGO context. From 1993 to 2009 he was Secretary General of the Federation for Social Workers (IFSW) in its office in Switzerland. One of his next major tasks will be the preparation of the Joint ICSW World Conference on June 28, 2020, in Rimini, Italy, together with the International Association for Schools for Social Work (IASSW). More information on the Joint conference you will find here:

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Members of ICSW Europe in front of the Free Universitiy of Moldova (ULIM), © ICSW Europe

ICSW Europe is facing east this year - General Assembly in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

On June 14, 2019, ICSW Europe, a pan-European network of welfare and social development organizations and institutions, convened for its annual General Assembly. In addition to the regulations, advising on the strategic direction of ICSW Europe for the next 3-4 years is on the agenda. The subject of the debate also will be the expectations and other resources of the ICSW members for joint activities at international level. E.g.: The series of "three-country meetings" on specific socio-political questions in a country comparison, in which also the German Association as an ICSW member every two years actively participates, will be continued.

The day before, a professional exchange with representatives of the Moldovan project "Casa Mare" and the Free University of Chisinau took place. Both organizations represent the ICSW in the Republic of Moldova. As this year's host of the General Assembly, they give an insight into their work and talked about all their efforts to professionalize social work in the transition country Moldova. The need for social workers in Moldova is high, as poverty and social exclusion have been widespread over the last 30 years as a result of the country's economic decline as a result of the declaration of independence against the USSR. The recognition of social work professions, on the other hand, is unfortunately very low, due to its low recognition during the Soviet era. The German Association was able to contribute its expertise and current assessments of social development in Germany into the European dialogue of its network partners.

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16 April 2019 – ISS Casework Coordinators Meeting 2019 at the German Association

From 15-17 April, the casework coordinators of the Members of International Social Service (ISS) have come together for their annual Meeting.
This year, the three-day meeting is hosted by International Social Service Germany (ISD) at the “Deutscher Verein” (German Association for Public and Private Welfare) in Berlin.

The participants, who came from 19 countries and regions, are working out common standards for cross-border cooperation of the international network in the field of child protection, family conflicts and questions concerning migration. Moreover, they share ideas concerning individual cases. This year, another item on the agenda is the election of a new Chair.

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