KeywordsCiencias Sociales > Trabajo Social
ética; Trabajo Social; evaluación; indicadores; excelencia.
ethics, Social Work; evaluation; indicators; excellence.
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AbstractLa ética es una dimensión inherente al Trabajo Social desde sus inicios, y lo sigue siendo en la actualidad, especialmente ante las patentes desigualdades e injusticias que se constatan, y frente a las cuales la respuesta profesional debe ser capaz de articular los diversos elementos de su intervención, con un saber y un hacer marcados por la excelencia y por la necesidad de revisión permanente. En tal sentido, el presente artículo reflexiona sobre la dimensión ética en Trabajo Social, fundamentalmente en términos de las posibilidades que ofrece para evaluar su desempeño éticamente. Para ello, se recurre a la propuesta de «indicadores éticos» del filósofo español Juan Carlos Siurana, a partir de cuyos contenidos se desprenden elementos sustantivos para una configuración de indicadores propios del Trabajo Social. Sus ideas-fuerza, especificidades y su riqueza se engloban en un conjunto de reflexiones que acompañan al esquema de indicadores al que se hace referencia.
Ethics is an inherent dimension to social work from the beginning, and remains so today, especially given the glaring inequalities and injustices that are detected today. A professional answer must be able to articulate diverse elements of its practice, with a need for ongoing review of both, knowledge and act marked by excellence. As such, this article reflects the ethical dimension in Social Work, mainly in terms of the possibilities to assess their ethical performance. To this end, we resort to the proposed «ethical indicators «of Spanish philosopher Juan Carlos Siurana, from which substantive elements can be released for an own configuration of social work indicators. Key ideas, specificities and essences of these indicators are included in a set of reflections that accompany the system of indicators to which reference is made.
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Social Protection in Low Income Countries and Fragile Situations : Challenges and Future DirectionsOvadiya, Mirey; Zampaglione, Giuseppe; Das, Maitreyi; Andrews, Colin; Elder, John (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2013-05-28)Demand for social protection is growing in low income countries and fragile situations. In recent years, the success of social protection (SP) interventions in middle income countries (MICs) like Brazil and Mexico, along with the series of food, fuel, and financial crises, has prompted policymakers in low income countries (LICs) and fragile situations (FSs) to examine the possibility of introducing such programs in their own countries. Flagship programs in countries as diverse as Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, and Rwanda have shown the adaptability of social protection interventions to the LIC context. Yet, despite growing levels of support for these initiatives, many challenges remain. In LICs and FSs, governments are confronted with a nexus of mutually reinforcing deficits that increase the need for SP programs and simultaneously reduce their ability to successfully respond. Governments face hard choices about the type, affordability, and sustainability of SP interventions. The paper reviews how these factors affect SP programs in these countries and identifies ways to address the deficits. It supports the establishment of resilient SP systems to address specific needs and vulnerabilities and to respond flexibly to both slow and sudden onset crises. To achieve this, both innovation and pragmatism are required in three strategic areas: (i) building the basic blocks of SP systems (e.g., targeting, payments, and monitoring and evaluation); (ii) ensuring financial sustainability; and (iii) promoting good governance and transparency. These issues suggest the possibility of a different trajectory in the development of social protection in LICs than in MICs. The implications for World Bank support include the need to focus on increasing knowledge and operational effectiveness of SP programs, fostering institutional links between multiple SP programs, and using community capacity and technological innovations to overcome bottlenecks in operations.
Managing Risk, Promoting GrowthWorld Bank (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2016-02-08)A growing body of evidence demonstrates
that individuals and households experience a range of
positive outcomes from social protection. Social protection
increases productivity and growth. Countries can realize
significant benefits by creating an integrated social
protection system. Social protection is affordable in
low-income countries despite tight budgets. While overall
spending on social protection in Africa remains low by
international standards, experience suggests that social
protection programs can achieve national coverage at the
cost of only 1 to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
While this is only a portion of the financing required to
operate a social protection system, it draws attention to
what countries can achieve in the short-term. Indeed, one
way in which existing social protection spending can be made
significantly more efficient would be by reallocating
existing financing for inefficient subsidies and ad hoc
emergency food aid to predictable safety nets. At the same
time, pursuing reforms to social security systems will
ensure their fiscal sustainability, while expanding
coverage. Notably, the costs of not protecting poor families
are very high, are borne disproportionately by women and
children, and undermine the productivity of future
generations. The Strategy will be implemented by leveraging
partnerships, knowledge, and the World Bank's financing
instruments. The World Bank will continue to invest in
analytical work to fill knowledge gaps and promote an
evidence-based dialogue for social protection systems in
Africa and further innovation. It will work with governments
to build country-owned national social protection systems
with the aim of reducing fragmentation in the sector. The
Bank also will pay particular attention to institutional
development and capacity building by using its lending to
increase the coverage of successful social protection
interventions. Throughout this work, the Bank will work in
coordination with governments, development partners, the
private sector, academics, civil society, and beneficiaries.