Trine Melchiorsen

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Social Development welcomes court ruling

The social development minister welcomed the Constitutional Court's ruling that social grant payments must not be disrupted while issues with the …

World Social Work Day: Global professional development

When social work student Lauren Donnelly spent time observing frontline social workers on the streets of Pune in India earlier this year, the experience had a profound effect. "I had volunteered in orphanages and hospitals in India before, but I wanted to meet social workers on the ground and see …

Can affordable insurance underwrite social development for the world's poor?

MicroEnsure serves over four million people around the world with insurance, 80% of whom have never before been insured. Robin Hough speaks to the company's founder Richard Leftley about the power of insurance to help the world's poor<p>The right kind of insurance provision in territories where …

OECD: UK has worse social mobility record than other developed countries

Children from poor families in Britain have a greater chance of struggling on low incomes than their counterparts in the west's other rich countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said today.<p>Highlighting the UK's lack of social mobility, the Paris-based thinktank …

Social enterprise: can it succeed where traditional development has failed?

Increasing hostility towards NGOs is one driver of the rapid growth in social entrepreneurship in the developing world<p>Living in India, you would be forgiven for thinking that social enterprises were going to solve the many challenges of alleviating the country's poverty.<p>After six decades of …