News from CSD - 2010

 
University City Council member L. Michael Glickert presented Michael Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, with a proclamation during a city council meeting Oct. 18. The proclamation celebrates Sherraden, a University City resident, being named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
​Strong connections developed during international service programs such as the Peace Corps can be used to provide resources to the host community long after the volunteer term is over.
​Although 50 years have passed since the founding of the Peace Corps and international service is currently growing worldwide, little rigorous research has been conducted on its impacts. CSD is leading research on international service and informing policy. The reach of CSD’s international service research is global, with research projects in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
​San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros and Michael Sherraden, director of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis (CSD), spoke at a media and policy briefing at the National Press Club on Sept. 21 to release the findings of the largest, most rigorous study ever of Child Development Accounts (CDAs) established as early as birth and designed to provide more stable and productive lives for American families.
​An American volunteer who builds a school in Haiti today may help create global goodwill for tomorrow, according to a study by Washington University researchers. The study, “Perceived Impacts of International Service on Volunteers: Interim Results from a Quasi-Experimental Study,” suggests that even a few weeks of international volunteer service may reap lasting benefits.
​The award recognizes Seoul Welfare Foundation's excellence in serving the public interest and its significant contribution to the improvement of public administration in South Korea.
​Experts on volunteerism will come together for the International Volunteer Service Research and Policy Forum Wednesday, June 23, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The forum will look at the latest research on international volunteer service and policy proposals for advancing the field.
​In an article on the front page of the May 28, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco city officials point to a CSD study on savings and college enrollment as they prepare to launch a city-funded college savings account program this fall.
In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, a consortium that includes Save the Children Federation Inc., CSD, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor at the World Bank, and the New America Foundation, will demonstrate and build knowledge on the delivery of savings products and services that may improve the life chances of low-income youth in four developing countries
​Child Development Accounts (CDAs) are savings accounts that begin as early as birth. CDAs allow parents and children to accumulate savings for post-secondary education, homeownership or business initiatives.
​TIME Magazine has named Michael Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Michael Sherraden was recently inducted as a fellow in the new American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, receiving recognition for his accomplishments as a scholar and practitioner who has achieved excellence for work that advances social good.
The forum, Youth Savings Accounts: The Youth Development and Financial Inclusion Nexus?, represents the culmination of a year of research and planning by a global consortium that is exploring the potential for piloting a youth savings initiative in Nepal, Colombia, Ghana, and Kenya with the support of the MasterCard Foundation.
​CSD conducted a webinar on assets and education on February 17th hosted by the Asset Funders Network. The webinar included presentations on the relationship of savings and assets to educational aspirations, performance, and completion, in addition to recent research on racial disparities and college attendance. 
​A new report authored by CSD identifies legislation and administrative approaches that facilitate enrollment and contributions, remove saving disincentives, increase saving incentives, and strengthen tax benefits.
​CSD director Michael Sherraden and Margaret Sherraden, CSD research professor, were in high demand when they spent the fall semester of 2009 in Asia. Based in China, the couple traveled widely to share their research. The interest in the Sherradens' research highlights a growing international interest in policy that connects assets and social welfare.
Progressives 100 years ago were deeply concerned about vast income inequalities, concentrated corporate power, a weak labor movement, and high immigration rates. They also worried about threats to small-scale producers and retailers, middle-class debt levels, environmental degradation, unsafe food, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, and the deteriorating quality of family life.