The concept of social development lies at the heart of international efforts to advance well-being in sustainable ways, but what is social development? How did the concept come to function as a guiding framework for international action, and what does successful social development look like?
In this article for the Encyclopedia of Social Work, Benjamin Lough explains the concept, charts its history, discusses current approaches, and looks to emerging trends.
Lough, B. J. (2021). Social development. In C. Franklin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social work. National Association of Social Workers & Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.362