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Vision and Mission


The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance works toward a world where a well-planned, well-trained and well-supported social service workforce effectively delivers promising practices that improve the lives of vulnerable populations.


The mission of the Alliance is to promote the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools and political will and action needed to address key social service workforce challenges, especially within low- to middle-income countries.


In order to effectively address workforce-related challenges, workforce strengthening requires a multifaceted approach, which involves a range of strategies for planning and financing, training and developing and supporting and retaining the workforce, in coordination with other system strengthening initiatives within the social service sector and other relevant sectors.


The Alliance is generously supported by the GHR Foundation and the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under cooperative agreement AID-OAA-A-14-00061 to 4Children (led by CRS). The Tides Center acts as fiscal host and sponsor.


The Alliance will pursue this approach by:

  • Serving as a convener for an inclusive, representative network of stakeholders including government organizations, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, donor groups, professional associations and community practitioners to create a forum for discourse and collective learning
  • Advancing knowledge by deriving, organizing and disseminating critical evidence-based research, resources, tools, models and best practices
  • Advocating for workforce-supportive policy reforms at the global and national levels