Building Assets From Birth: Singapore’s Policies

Loke, V., & Sherraden, M. (2019). Building assets from birth: Singapore’s policies. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 29(1), 6–19. doi:10.1080/02185385.2019.1571940

Challenges in Asset Building in Singapore

Sherraden, M. (2018). Challenges in asset building in Singapore. In S. Vasoo & B. Singh (Eds.), Critical issues in asset building in Singapore’s development (pp. 1–19). doi:10.1142/9789813239760_0001

Brown School alumna named finalist for Singaporean of the Year

Sudha Nair, PhD, was recently named a finalist for Singaporean of the Year 2016 in recognition of her powerful impact as a social worker focused on family violence. Nair, among Brown School Distinguished Alumni (MSW ’91), was also awarded the title of Her World Woman of the Year in August 2016.

Sherraden marks Singapore’s 50th Anniversary with lecture on social innovation

Singapore’s innovative response to its rough and vulnerable beginning has shaped the first 50 years of the island country, Michael Sherraden said Wednesday, speaking to a crowd gathered at the National University of Singapore for his public lecture marking Singapore’s 50th Anniversary as an independent nation.

Sherraden appointed to named professorship in Singapore

Michael Sherraden, PhD, George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School, has been named the inaugural S. R. Nathan Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Building Assets From Birth: A Comparison of the Policies and Proposals on Children Savings Accounts in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, and the United States

Loke, V., & Sherraden, M. (2006). Building assets from birth: A comparison of the policies and proposals on children savings accounts in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, and the United States (CSD Working Paper No. 06-14). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

CSD releases new tools for educators

As colleges and universities begin the new academic year, educators in social work and other human-service fields have new tools for equipping students with the knowledge needed to guide clients with financial problems.

CSD and Partners Launch New Multinational Collaboration in Africa

Mobile phones have become commonplace in sub-Saharan Africa. There, as in other parts of the world, financial technology has proliferated with the expansion of digital access, opening new doors to financial products and services. But this emerging landscape requires financial acumen, and sound guidance can be hard to find.

On July 15, a multinational group of partners gathered virtually to mark the launch of Financial Capability and Asset Building in Africa (FCAB Africa), a new collaboration aimed at meeting these needs.

At Conference, Leaders Call for Financial Capability and Asset Building Curriculum in All Schools of Social Work

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens America’s already deep income and wealth divides, how can financial capability be increased for vulnerable families? What role can social workers play? To take up these questions, more than 100 scholars and practitioners gathered virtually on February 25 for “Theory, Evidence, Education, and Practice in FCAB,” Part 2 of the convening “Financial […]

New Book Charts Global Progress of Child Development Accounts

Nearly 30 years after the publication of Michael Sherraden’s seminal Assets and the Poor, Child Development Account (CDA) policies and programs are emerging across the globe. Now, a new book edited by Jin Huang, Li Zou and Sherraden showcases the global context of those advancements.

Special issue highlights Child Development Accounts globally

Child Development Accounts take center stage in a newly released special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. The sweeping, seven-article issue shows the global context of the emerging asset-building policy. “Many countries are exploring new policy innovations that encourage asset building,” said Michael Sherraden, who co-edited the issue and co-authored […]

Assessing the Impact of an Asset-Based Intervention on Educational Outcomes of Orphaned Children and Adolescents: Findings from a Randomised Experiment in Uganda

Nabunya, P., Namatovu, P., Damulira, C., Kivumbi, A., Byansi, W., Mukasa, M., Nattabi, J., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2019). Assessing the impact of an asset-based intervention on educational outcomes of orphaned children and adolescents: Findings from a randomised experiment in Uganda. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 29(1), 59–69. doi:10.1080/02185385.2019.1575271

Sherraden to speak in D.C. about potential for U.S. kids to build assets

Michael Sherraden will discuss potential federal policy for inclusive and progressive Child Development Accounts (CDAs), so that all U.S. children can accumulate assets, on March 20 at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C. Several states have already enacted statewide CDA policies, and a nationwide policy is possible. Sherraden is the George Warren Brown Distinguished […]

‘People and Climate Change’ opens for orders

The new book “People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice” now may be ordered in advance of its April 1 release. Edited by Lisa Reyes Mason and Jonathan Rigg, the 256-page book explores how climate change threatens the well-being, livelihood and survival of people in communities worldwide.

CSD advises Azerbaijan officials on Child Development Account policy

The Azerbaijan Minister of Labor and Social Protection Sahil Babayev and Social Policy and Services Department Head Himalay Mamishov met with Center for Social Development Director Michael Sherraden, International Director Li Zou and Research Associate Aytakin Huseynli.

Prime minister speaks at launch of book on asset building policies

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke at the August 24 launch of the book “Critical Issues in Asset Building in Singapore’s Development.” Professors S. Vasoo and Bilveer Singh at the National University of Singapore (NUS) edited the book. The lead chapter is by Michael Sherraden, director of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Corinne Ghoh​

Corinne Ghoh is a CSD faculty director from the National University of Singapore. As Co-Director of the Next Age Institute at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Director of the Centre for Social Development Asia at the Department of Social Work, she partners  with CSD to promote global asset building in Asia. Faculty profile […]

Li Zou

Li Zou, MBA, MSW, is International Director at the Center for Social Development (CSD). She leads CSD’s international asset-building work, and directed the five-year large-scale YouthSave Project in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal. She has contributed to CSD’s consulting and research efforts on asset-building policy and children’s savings accounts for governments in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, […]

2015 Media

Banking on small payments to help induce NJ kids to pursue higher educationNJ Spotlight, Dec. 16, 2015 5 reasons to consider college savings as a gift​U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 16, 2015 Will $50 prompt a family to save for college?St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec. 13, 2015 Parking tickets help send kids to collegeSt. Louis […]

2017 Media

Brown School program helps minority students feel welcomeRecord, November 30, 2017 Washington University in St. Louis researchers explore a rising trend of employer-based employee financial wellness programsBadCredit.Org, November 28, 2017 Bouncing Between Homes: Hypermobility and its impact on children’s education and communities at largeClark-Fox Policy Institute, November 21, 2017 New initiative being spearheaded to reform […]

Washington University Partnerships

Social innovation is a central goal in the efforts of CSD, our departmental partnerships across the university, and the Brown School. This goal suggests an important possibility and raises a penetrating question: research for what? CSD’s research is designed to produce objective, empirically validated knowledge with real-world benefits. Key collaborations with others in the Washington […]

Next Age Institute​: Partnership in Social Innovation

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have established the Next Age Institute, which is an international partnership to study, design and test social innovations. The Next Age Institute​ addresses global challenges facing many families and communities, among them aging populations and rising inequality. Learn about the Singapore launch event and […]

Sister Centers for Social Development

Since its founding 20 years ago, CSD has influenced and facilitated the emergence of two sister “CSDs,” the Center for Social Development Asia at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Centre for Social Development in Africa​ at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Professors Corinne Goh and Leila Patel, respectively, lead these partner centers. Ties with NUS are longstanding.  At UJ, Leila  is a […]