General Information

The deadline date for abstract submissions is extended to Friday, 19 July 2013. Notification of abstract acceptance or declination will be communicated via e-mail to prospective presenters by the 25 July 2013.

Should prospective presenters require early notification in order to obtain funding from their institutions, they must advise the NASW(SA) secretary timeously.

If prospective presenters wish to have their abstracts printed on the conference brochure, it is imperative that their conference fees be paid in full by Friday, 2 August 2013.

Prospective presenters are limited to submitting one (1) abstract.

An abstract must be submitted on one sub-theme only.


Abstract Form

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions may either be in the form of an oral presentation or poster presentation. Please specify the format on the abstract application form.
  • There will be a time slot allocated for poster presentations.
  • It is the responsibility of the prospective presenter to confirm the date and time for the presentation prior to arrival at the conference venue.
  • All abstracts are to be submitted online. No faxed, posted or hand delivered abstracts will be accepted.

Specific Instructions to the Authors

  • The body of the abstract should contain a maximum of 250 words.
  • The font should be 12pt Arial with 1.5 line spacing.
  • The title of the Abstract should be in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS followed by a blank line.
  • Authors must be listed as follows: Presenting Author must be underlined and bold.
  • On the next line, list the Institution/Department/NGO and Country
  • On the next line, state the e-mail address of the presenting author.
  • Leave a blank line followed by the body of the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.


Conference Theme

Voices for Development: Social Workers' and Peoples' Perspective on Goals for Sustainable Development


Sub-themes and Topics

When selecting a sub-theme and topic, it remains essential to consider the ultimate goals of the conference, namely to:

  • Influence the design of social policies.
  • Build new partnerships that strengthen the interface between policy and practice.
  • Strengthen the social work force required in the actualisation of the post 2015 MDG agenda.
  • Harvest good practices from MDGs and influence their inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goal's (SDG's) design.
  • Ensure that the social work profession aligns with other stakeholders' strategies to achieve transformation outcomes.
  • Suggest how the voices of targeted groups as well as social workers can be incorporated to influence the design of the SDGs.
  • Explore how social workers are contributing to the four pillars of the Global Agenda

The expiration of the MDGs in 2015 presents a unique opportunity to open debates on new global road maps towards development priorities and benchmarks which could ensure greater inclusion, sustainability, fulfillment and entrenchment of the broader principles of Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) to service delivery. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity to open debates and explore developments regarding the Global Agenda on Social Work and Social Development. Social work experience suggests that, for the poor to escape from poverty, they must be actively involved in decisions that affect their future, thus advocating the promotion and protection of the rights of service users They need to be able to participate and contribute to best practice ideas and engage collaboratively with leaders for support with policy-making bodies, funding institutions, managers of resources and other systems. As the MDGs deadline nears, it is not merely whether or not the goals have been achieved, or whether leaders are to be held accountable, it is about understanding, remaining committed and bringing the voices of all, including those of the vulnerable groups, on board.

Furthermore, the conference will enable social work delegates from across the world to contribute to a global evaluation of the MDGs, taking into account their successes and shortfalls and also harvesting best practices, thus ensuring and creating a new understanding of socially sustainable development goals.

The following sub-themes have been identified as possible debates for presenters to present best practice models and research findings and how delegates can replicate and share it in different settings:


Sub-theme 1: Sustainable social development with vulnerable groups
Sub-theme 2: Social inclusion and social justice
Sub-theme 3: Policy for sustainable development
Sub-theme 4: Developmental Social Work in health care settings
Sub-theme 5: Sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation
Sub-theme 6: Community Development
Sub–theme 7: Sustainable infrastructures to render social welfare services
Sub-theme 8: Gender equalities, specifically women development
Sub-theme 9: School-based Social Work: achieving universal primary education
Sub-theme 10: Environmental Sustainability and Green Social Work
Sub-theme 11: Social and economic inequalities'
Sub-theme 12: Ensuring the dignity and worth of a person
Sub-theme 13: Promoting Sustainable communities and environmentally sensitive development
Sub-theme 14: Promoting wellbeing through sustainable human relationships
Sub-theme 15: Debating a new global definition of social work