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About the Alliance

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.

Objectives and Approach

In order to effectively address workforce-related challenges, workforce strengthening requires a multifaceted approach and coordination among many groups. Read how the Alliance will pursue this approach.


To create stronger, more effective social service systems, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance launched as an official network on June 6, 2013. The formation of the Alliance grew from the momentum of participants from 18 countries at a November 2010 conference in Cape Town. Read more about the conference and the creation of the Alliance. As the Alliance enters its third year, its membership and impact continues to increase.


The Alliance Steering Committee is comprised of 13 volunteers from around the globe who are advocates and experts in the field of social service work. They oversee and guide the direction and development of the Alliance. Two full-time staff members act as the Secretariat of the Alliance, based in Washington, D.C.

The Alliance is funded by PEPFAR/USAID and the GHR Foundation. IntraHealth International acts as host and fiscal sponsor of the Alliance. 

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