International Association of Schools of Social Work

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Organization Description

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) is the worldwide organization of schools of social work and educators. It has represented the interests of social work education and the values of the profession globally for nearly 90 years. IASSW was initiated at the first International Conference of Social Work, held in Paris in 1928.

This landmark gathering, attended by over 2400 delegates from 42 countries, also resulted in the establishment of two partner organizations, the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

In 1929, the first president, Alice Salomon, led an organizational meeting in Berlin; at this early meeting, seven European countries along with the International Labour Organization (ILO) were represented. Participants agreed that the organization’s purpose was to encourage the exchange of ideas and information, documentation of social work education, and organization of international conferences and seminars. These remain key purposes along with others, and its mission is:

To develop and promote excellence in social work education, research and scholarship globally in order to enhance human well being.
To create and maintain a dynamic community of social work educators and their programmes.
To support and facilitate participation in mutual exchanges of information and expertise.
To represent social work education at the international level.
In fulfilling its mission, IASSW adheres to all United Nations Declarations and Conventions on human rights, recognising that respect for the inalienable rights of the individual is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace.

Members of IASSW are united in their obligation to the continued pursuit of social justice and social development. In carrying out its mission, IASSW fosters cooperation, collegiality and interdependence among its members and with others.

For more information about the Joint World Social Work Education Social Development Conference 2020 in Rimini Italy hosted by ICSW and IASSW visit http://www.swesd2020.org/.