The Evolution of a Transnational Community Development Paradigmn: The Transferability of Psychosocial Principles from the First World to the Third World via Eastern Europe

By William Huw Griffiths.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Western partnerships have a track record of successful project development in the fields of education and mental health in Romania.The creation of “social capital”,by U.K.trained social workers inRomania has adhered to principles of ani-discriminatory practice in adopting an anti-colonial approach to service provision.The paper addresses some of the key issues in empowering “second world” recipients as “third world” providers in relation to the care of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in Malawi.It explores issues of commonality and difference.The long term aim is to fund a partnership with Romanian colleagues from “the second world”as providers of expertise(rather than as recipients of it)to “the third world”.

Keywords: Psychosocial Approach, International Community Development, Schizophrenia, Long-Term Mental Health Needs

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 539.868KB).

William Huw Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Social & Health Sciences,, Department of Social Work, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

Huw has taught and examined within the area of social work for a period of aproximatley twenty-seven years. He has publihed work in the areas of childhood disability; family support; child protection and latterly in the area of mental health. He has undertaken work on behalf of the Christian Childrens’ Fund of America in the Ukraine, in applying theoretical models to practice.Following fifteen years of project development in Romania he has acted as principal researcher as part of a small team of NGO colleagues in creating an embryonic African organization predicated on a biopsychosocial principles within a community development pracrtice focus.


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