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​

CSD Faculty Director; National University of Singapore
Sister Centers for Social Development: Research and Action

Li Zou

CSD International Director,
Director of the Global Assets Project

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 […]


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Social Innovation Partnerships

The Center for Social Development has well-established global and domestic social innovation partnerships. Together, we create and test social innovations, moving evidence into practice with the aim of improving the lives of people, communities, nations and the world.


The Center for Social Development is a hub for implementing and testing applied social innovations that broaden well-being for individuals, families and communities. We incubate ideas that can be scaled to reach millions, and we create new fields of study to meet social needs. We also train emerging scholars and practitioners in the effective conduct of […]

Update: Financial Capability Month

Financial Capability and Asset Building for All is one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work and a growing practice in the social work profession. The Center for Social Development is committed to working with its partners to increase the financial capability of individuals, families, and communities across the globe!

CSD research informs New York City’s new child savings accounts

The mayor of New York has announced a new child savings account to help thousands of New York City public school children save for college. City officials relied on research from the Center for Social Development to develop the three-year pilot program, which starts next fall.

CSD hosts seminar for visitors from South Korea

The Center for Social Development hosted a seminar this month for social workers and others from South Korea, part of a larger training program focused on developing financial capability for Korean youth.

Bonn meeting focuses on building community resilience

Benjamin Lough, PhD, faculty director of International Service for the Center for Social Development, presented at the Conference for International Volunteer Cooperation Organizations this month at the United Nations Campus in Bonn, Germany.

CSD celebrates, highlights global partners’ work in Asia, Africa

We are pleased to share news from and highlight ongoing collaborations with our global partners the Centre for Social Development Asia, at the National University of Singapore, and the Centre for Social Development in Africa, at the University of Johannesburg.

New book explores asset building in Asia

Asian scholars, practitioners and policymakers share lessons about asset-building policies in Asia and chart the future in the new book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia.”

Next Age Institute launches

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have established the Next Age Institute, an international partnership to study, design and test social innovations.

New book provides in-depth look at asset building in Asia, conversations continue

The Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis recognizes that asset-building policies in Asia offer important lessons in lifelong wealth and retirement security. International interest in these policies, particularly regarding aging populations, has prompted a book published in Chinese and one forthcoming in English.

Experts converge on Beijing to discuss lifelong asset building

The Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis partnered with Peking University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University to host a conference on strategies and innovations for asset building. This conference, held at Peking University in mid-November, reviewed research on asset building initiatives, a growing interest throughout Asia.

At conference, Chinese, Americans share best practices on productive aging

Population aging is a major concern across the globe, and nowhere is the challenge more daunting than in China. Whereas the United States currently has an estimated 36 million seniors age 65 and older, China already has 208 million seniors (defined in that country as age 60 or older).

As China faces challenges of aging population, new book offers insights, innovations

As the global population ages, the concept of “productive aging” offers a new perspective on meeting the challenges of an aging society. In contrast to conventional views of aging, “productive aging” views older adults as participants in and contributors to social development, rather than passive recipients of services.

Conference on productive aging in China to be held at Peking University

In August, over 300 gerontology scholars from mainland China, the US, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore as well as governments officials and practitioners from the China National Committee on Aging and the Ministry of Civil Affairs will come together at Peking University to discuss strategies to address population aging.

CSD co-sponsors productive aging conference

In August 2009, international gerontology scholars gathered in China to address the challenge of initiating research and policy innovations that will support older adults in being actively engaged and harness their contributions for the betterment of families, communities, and society.