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Social Work in Azerbaijan: Achievements and Challenges of the Profession

The social work profession re-emerged in Azerbaijan after the fall of the Soviet Union, but its achievements and challenges remain largely unfamiliar outside of the country. This article reports results from a qualitative study on the profession in the South Caucasus nation of over 10 million. Analyses of data from in-depth interviews and focus groups suggest that the profession has grown rapidly and has achieved institutional acceptance since its re-emergence after the fall of the Soviet Union but that several challenges persist. The author concludes with a series of recommendations for further development of the profession in Azerbaijan.

First published online March 10, 2022.


Huseynli, A. (2023). Social work in Azerbaijan: Achievements and challenges of the profession. International Social Work, 66(5), 1527–1541. https://doi.org/10.1177/00208728221075824