Our service expands beyond North Carolina with global initiatives that advance the profession of social work. UNC School of Social Work faculty collaborate with peers worldwide to share knowledge and discover new solutions to the problems that affect us all.
Led by associate professor Gina Chowa, the new Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) research center supports a team of researchers who are collaborating with partners locally and abroad to produce evidence, develop interventions and impact policy to improve the economic and social welfare of women, youth and their families globally.
“At its core, the GSDI team will focus on training the next generation of researchers and practitioners so that we’re building the research capacity needed for rigorous scientific inquiry into social development practices,” said Gina, whose scholarship focuses on creating holistic interventions that enhance the economic security of marginalized populations around the world.
The team has been working in seven countries (China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Philippines, South Africa and Zambia), engaging leaders in government, business, non-governmental organizations and social development on initiatives that impact financial literacy, access to education and youth employment. These efforts support healthy and productive lives for all individuals and families.