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Sparking a Global Movement Toward a Stronger Social Service Workforce in 2016

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As we reflect on 2016, we thank you for your efforts to strengthen planning, development and support of the social service workforce over the last year. You, our members, are the "sparks" and the reason that the Alliance exists. You have helped advance our collective mission of promoting the knowledge and evidence, resources and tools, and political will and action needed to address key social service workforce challenges and better support vulnerable children and families. This newsletter highlights some of the progress we’ve made together this past year.

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Advance Knowledge


  • Daily blogs during Social Service Workforce Week in September generated discussion, shared promising practices and illustrated innovative approaches to ‘Build the Case for a Stronger Workforce.’
  • A cohort of eight Alliance Ambassadors are working to inform strategy and influence policy at the local, national and regional level in support of social service workforce strengthening efforts. Following an orientation and training in September, they began their two-year terms.
  • This year, the network grew to more than 1,100 members from 88 countries who are actively working to raise awareness and garner support at all levels for the social service workforce.

Why Be Involved in 2017

Looking ahead to 2017, we are energized by the many opportunities to convene members to exchange innovative approaches, advance knowledge of promising practices and amplify our voices by working together to advocate for greater recognition and integration of the social service workforce. We hope you will join us in the following ways:

  • Join our new interest group on case management (being launched early 2017)
  • Download the second edition of Para Professionals in the Social Service Workforce: Guiding Principles, Functions and Competencies, which will include new competencies for para social workers and community development workers after validation exercises in Ethiopia and DRC (early 2017).
  • Join our collective global advocacy efforts on World Social Work Day (March 2017)
  • Use our new advocacy toolkit aimed to assist members in outreach efforts (April 2017)
  • Attend our 4th Annual Global Social Service Workforce Strengthening Symposium (May 2017)
  • Participate in select conferences and events with us, including the 3rd Africa Regional Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (Zambia, June 2017) and the REPSSI Forum (Tanzania, September 2017)
  • Take part in Social Service Workforce Week (September 2017)
  • Share information for inclusion in the 3rd State of the Social Service Workforce Report (December 2017)
  • Participate in webinars on key topics related to strengthening the workforce

Join Us in Amplifying Social Service Workforce Strengthening Efforts

The purpose of the Alliance, as a network, is to bring together members across borders to exchange ideas, share tools and advance promising practices. There are many ways you can engage with one another and the global community to help strengthen the workforce in 2017. The coming year offers a renewed opportunity to build upon our many successes, and we look forward to working together over the coming year to continue to strengthen our sector and improve the lives of vulnerable populations. More information on ways to become involved in upcoming activities will be shared throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us on our journey toward strengthening the workforce in 2017 and beyond.

Our work is made possible by: USAID, PEPFAR, 4Children and GHR Foundation.