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BASW supports international partners in battle against Covid-19

BASW commits £30,000 to support international social work partners in the fight against Covid 19

Covid – 19 has had a devastating effect in the UK. In many countries the impact of Covid – 19 may be even worse, for example, because of fragile health care systems.

BASW is committing a total of £30,000 to support international social work partners in the fight against Covid-19.

£10,000 has been made available to the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) - the global membership organisation for social work organisations – to support and coordinate information sharing and disseminate learning.

Another £20,000 will be made available to social workers and social work front line agencies in grants from £500 up to £5,000 through the International Development Fund (IDF)

We’re asking BASW members to identify potential social work partners in international settings who could be beneficiaries. 

At this stage we don’t know what the demand will be, and while BASW will allocate funding to where the money will make the most difference, we may find there are more projects than funding.

Gerry Nosowska, Chair of BASW Council said: ‘Social work is an international profession and these are not mere words but result in concrete actions. We stand together in a common struggle and as social work organisations across the world we pool our resources for the common good.’ 

The International Development Fund (IDF) was created at the BASW AGM in 2014 with the aim of putting:

‘…international exchange and development in a more accessible place than currently is possible and ensure support to BASW members in international exchange of skills, knowledge and expertise’.

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