In 2013 IFSW started a project to make the Federation’s archives more accessible to all social workers and researchers around the world. The archives contain information dating back to 1846 and IFSW papers from 1932 when the predecessor to IFSW was launched in France.
Using the tabs below, you will find access to historical documents, newsletters and photos:
Archives of documents sorted by decades
International Congresses/Conferences lead to a more established focus for international organisations representing social work and social workers.
Setting up of the International Permanent Secretariat of Social Workers (IPSSW) 1932 and then the start of the 2nd World War in 1939 (although related conflicts began earlier). This did not allow an international focus for the social work profession.
2nd World War involved virtually every part of the world ending 1945. IPSSW itself was a casualty of the war and its aftermath. An International Conference in 1948 began discussions to set up an international body to represent social workers and evolved into our current IFSW
1948: Letter to the American Red Cross informing about the status of interest in joining the Permanent Secretariat by France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Australia, Italy and Luxembourg
IFSW formally constituted in 1956 and was legally constituted the following year. This decade also involved the exploration of social work ethics, a focus on publications, particularly with the production of the journal International Social Work and consultative status with the UN being approved.
IFSW develops its own identity, holding its own World Conference, first European Seminar and first Regional Conference in Asia-Pacific and expanding its relationship with other international organisations.
Focus on membership activities with the suspension of South Africa membership and a major focus to activate African social work links to IFSW through the International Conference being held in Africa for the first time in Kenya in 1974. An increasing number of member countries joining IFSW and there is the setting up of a Permanent Secretariat in Switzerland.
The Definition of Social Work was formulated, together with the setting up of the Human Rights Commission. Increasing representation at United Nations level and participation in UN international events including the World Assembly on Ageing and the International Year of the Child. IFSW is declared a ‘Peace Messenger” by the UN in recognition of its international activities.
IFSW Secretariat returns to Switzerland from Norway. IFSW policy development is more evident, including the policy on HIV/AIDS and Social Work and a Manual on Human Rights and Social Work. IFSW is producing 3-4 newsletter yearly with member countries regularly reporting their home situation as well as reports from IFSW Representatives. There is increased co-operation with IASSW and ICSW. IFSW attends the significant UN World Summit for Social Development in 1995.
Reviews of documents results in the adoption of a new Definition of Social Work, new Statement of Ethical Principles, adoption of Global Qualifying Standards for Social Work and a new Constitution. An IFSW training manual on Social Work and the Rights of the Child is published in 2002. 50 years of IFSW was celebrated in 2006 at the World Conference in Munich. and funding was made available for regional development projects.
Archives of newsletters sorted by decades
Archives of photos sorted by decades
In 2028 IFSW will celebrate its centenary and this webpage in time will include recognition of people who are part of IFSW and international social work history.
David Drucker, 1926-2012.
David’s deep and consistent concern as teacher and practitioner was to work from the bottom-up and not the top-down, as well as to recognise and strengthen the social element as fundamental to the success of any undertaking. Especially interested in work that was participatory in nature, Drucker’s writings are full of useful suggestions about how to involve local people at all levels of planning and implementation of a wide range of projects. He wrote more than 100 reports and academic articles (see below).
Between 1951 and 2001 he completed graduate studies at the London School of Economics, London and Columbia University, New York before working in social work and mental health in London and New Jersey. Following field studies in the Sudan and the Middle East he was Chairman in 1951-1952 of a panel for a UN Survey of Manpower in Social Welfare in the Philippines. After lecturing in social administration at the University College of Swansea, Wales from 1961 to 1970, Drucker undertook a consultancy for an ECAFE/UNICEF workshop on Social Work In-Service Training, held in Bangkok in 1970.
During the following 30 years he undertook dozens more consultancies for a remarkably wide range of UN bodies, including UNOTC, UNICEF, ESCAP, UNESCO, WHO, UNHCR, UNV, WFP and UNDP. As examples, from 1976 to 1978, as Social Scientist with the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, he advised on the social implications of the Organization’s policies, programmes and projects. For the following 18 months he was Senior Project Officer for UNICEF in Myanmar (then Burma) supporting a major rural water supply project which required assistance in the preparation, field testing, implementation and analysis of a socio-economic baseline survey of 3,100 villages.
For four years from 1989 onwards Drucker undertook several missions for the UNDP’s UN Volunteers programme, evaluating its Domestic Development Service initiatives in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In 1995, with some support from UNDP, he commenced work to build up a number of social welfare provisions in Kaunas, Lithuania as well as nationally, which he pursued on and off for several years with other support. In 2001 he was member of a Social Assessment Team for WFP in Kutch, Gujarat, India.
1957-1958. Student at Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, USA
1. Drucker, David (Jan. 1958) The Space Ranger. Paper written for course: Social Cultural Elements in Social Work for Prof. Herman D. Stein. Unpublished.
1958-1960 Mental Health Association, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
2. Drucker, David (1960). The Laggardly Eagle. A Transatlantic Commentary. Paper given at New Jersey Welfare Council, October 1960. Unpublished.
3. Drucker, David (1960). The Mental Health Association. New Jersey.
1961 – 1961-1971. Lecturer in Social Administration, University College of Swansea. Wales, UK.
4. Drucker, David (1966). The 1965 Community Development Study tour in Turkey. Case Conference 13:4 pp.141-143 (UK). August.
5. Drucker, David (1969). Interchangeability of professional qualifications in Social Work between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Overseas Bulletin, pp.31-39, University College Swansea (UK).
6a. Drucker, David (1969). Putting One’s Foot Through It. Overseas Bulletin, pp. 25-28, University College Swansea (UK).
6b. Drucker, David (1970). Putting One’s Foot Through It. International Social Work 1970, 13: 24. DOI: 10.1177/002087001300405. The online version of this article can be found at http://isw.sagepub.com/content/13/4/24.citation
7. Drucker, David (1971). A fortunate man – John Berger. Book Review. Overseas Bulletin, University College Swansea (UK).
1968-1970. United Nations
9. Drucker, David (1970). Teaching methodology and teaching materials for social welfare in-service training courses (workshop). ECAFE/UNICEF. United Nations Bangkok. 10 February – 6 March, 1970.
10. Drucker, David (1972). A harvest of humble folk. In Asian Creative Literature: co-initiator and contributor to The Philippines experiment in creative literature in social work. Philippines Dept, of Social Welfare and UNICEF. In Fondevilla, R. L & G. Maranon (1971). Creative Literature in Social Work Education: The Philippine Experiment. Bureau for Training, Research and Special Projects of the Philippine Department of Social Welare and UNICEF. Manila, 1972.
11. Drucker, David (1972). Explorations of the curricula of social work in some countries in Asia. With special reference to the relevance of social work education to social development goals. 1972. ECAFE/UNICEF. United Nations, pp. 1-58.
12. Drucker, David (1973). Notes towards the research study on educational facilities and the community. A “model school” project in the central highlands of West Irian (Indonesia). UNESCO.
13. Drucker, David (1972). North-West Sicily Project. 1972. Dartington Hall Trust, U.K.
1975. UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Ministry of Panchayat, Nepal
14. Drucker, David. (1975). Mantras and medicine for development – a task group approach to primary health care. United Nations. ESCAP. Nepal. Discussion paper.
15a. Drucker, David (1977). Mantras and medicine for development. In: ESCAP’S Mobile Training Scheme, Special Issue, Soc Work Educ Dev Newsl 17: pp. 25-28.
15b. Drucker, David (1977). Mantras and medicine. Asian Action (News letter of the Asian Cultural Forum on Development), Thailand, January/February.
16. Yasas, F.M., Drucker, D. and Basnyat, P.S. et al. (1973). Mobile training scheme for the training of frontline and supervisory personnel in landlocked and least developed countries of the ESCAP Region. Report to the Office of Technical Co-operation. UNDP/ECAFE Project Development Mission, Bangkok, Thailand, February.
17. Drucker, David (April 1975). A task group approach? – Panchayat secretaries and technical collaboration_Mobile_Training_Scheme.
19. Drucker, David (1975). What came first – the chicken, the egg or administration. Case material.
1976-1978. World Health Organization (WHO), New Delhi
21. Akerele et al. (1976). Community Health Development Project, Kottar Social Service Society. Nagercoil. Muttom, Tamil Nadu. India. September.
22. Drucker, David (1976). Implications for an expanded programme of immunization. Workshop on the management & evaluation of expanded programme of immunization. November.
23. Drucker, David (1977). Role of Psychiatric Social Work in Developing Countries. NIMHANS, Bangalore. November.
24. Drucker, David (1976). Report: Visit to Thailand. Project THA SHS 006. Preliminary Period, October.
25. Drucker, David (1977). Report on a Visit to Thailand. Second Period, February.
27. Drucker, David (1976). Report of a Visit to Bangladesh. Draft. Project IC SHS 006. December.
29. Drucker, David (n.d). A fragment towards delivery of true primary health care. Draft discussion paper.
30. Drucker, David (1978). Village (Bed?) Side Manners. Suggestions for the development of an appropriate primary health care “style”. UNICEF, Rangoon. Appendix.
World Health Organization (WHO), Thailand
World Health Organization (WHO), Burma
33. Drucker, David (1982). Integration of Health Education in CARE’s Water and Sanitation Project in Indonesia. WASH Field Report #39. USA.
34. Drucker, David (1985; 1988) Somewhere a door blew shut. Letters from Exile: A docudrama of the life of Bertha C. Reynolds. 1985-1988. Staged at Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA, USA, During summers 1985 & 1988. Background information, pages 1-20, pages 26-31.
35. Drucker, David (n.d.). Different things to share: Participation keeps the water flowing. Centre for Development Studies. University College of Swansea, U.K.
36. Drucker, David (1993). The Social Work Profession in Asia: Look Homeward Asia 1968-1993. Indian Journal of Social Work: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Vol 54: 513-530 (paper also given at IASSW Conference, Amsterdam 1994).
37. Drucker, David (1994). Families and the Future: Will the 21st Century Family Please Stand Up?. The Family: Asia Pacific Perspective, V. H. Pulia, Ed. Chapter, pp. Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia.
38. Drucker, David (2005). The International Association of Schools of Social Work and the Pursuit of Social Justice and Social Development. Paper given at IASSW Meeting, January 2005, Addis Ababa University, School of Social Work, Ethiopia. Published online at www.aboutsweep.org on website of Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago.
39. Drucker, David (2007). Ask a silly question, get a silly answer: Community participation, entry points and the demystification of planning. Smith College Studies in Social Work, V. 77, #4, pp. 53-72.
4. Drucker, David (1979). Games tap children’s skills as planners. Development communication report No. 28. Clearinghouse on Development Communication. USAID.
5. Drucker, David (1978). I – Spy Games. P is for Participation & Planning. UNICEF.
6. Drucker, David (n.d.). Listen, Listen to the People. Klong Toey, Thailand. 8461F.
7. Drucker, David (1995). Community Mental Health Care at the Advent of Britain’s National Health Service. An Interview with David Drucker.
9. Drucker, David (12-20.1.1981). Towards a Programmer’s Guide. The Report of the Regional Water and Sanitation Workshop. Ubol Ratchathanee, Thailand. UNICEF – EAPRO.
10. Drucker, David (1999). Requiem for Social Work?. London School of Economics, London University, UK and New York School of Social Work, Columbia University, USA.
12. Drucker, David (2004). Social Knowledge and International Policy Making: Exploring the Linkages. Pprompted by Louis Emmerij in his e-mail regarding “Silly Questions”. Geneva, Switzerland.
13. Drucker, David (2002). The search for compatibility between the cultures of academia and social work in producing practitioners in the context of a social development mission, and devising effective professional organisational linkage from social work experience to macro social policy issues. Kaunas, Lithuania
14. Drucker, David (1987). Planning of Rural Settlements as Durable Solutions for Refugees. TSS Mission Report 87/07. UNHCR, Geneva.
15. Drucker, David (n.d). Untitled document. Sudan.
16. Drucker, David (1986). Expertise on Tap, not on Top. Games Tap children’s skills as planners. UNICEF, Issue 124.
17. Drucker, David (1979). Discussion Proposals for a Critical Support Project. The Social Aspects of the UNICEF-Assisted Rural Water Supply Programme. UNICEF.
18. Drucker, David (1971). Visit to Burma. UNICEF.
19. Drucker, David (1993). UNV Domestic Development Service. Desk Review.
21. Drucker, David (1986). Different Things to Share. Participation Keeps the Water Flowing. UNICEF.
23. Drucker, David (n.d.). World Water ’83: The World Problem. First International Water Decade Conference, Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK. Discussion on Papers 15 and 16.
24. Drucker, David (1987). IFAD/World Bank – Appraisal Mission Tugwajale Agricultural Development Project Somalia. Social-Cultural Aspects of the Project. UNHCR TSS Mission Report 87/29.
25. Drucker, David (n.d.). Timeframe for Recommendations. TSS Mission Report, Annex E 21/88.
26. Drucker, David (1983). Application before Evaluation and Replication. A Search of the Community Participation and Health Education Documentation related to UNICEF’s Water and Sanitation Programmes. UNICEF.
30. Drucker, David (n.d.). Concept Framework, Community Water Supply Unit. Community Participation, Women’s Participation and Hygiene Education (Draft).
31. Drucker, David (1982). The Nature of Training as an Integral Process in Development Planning and Implementation of Water and Sanitation Programmes. Draft. World Bank, CIDA, Information and Training Programme in Low-Cost Water Supply and Sanitation (UNDP Interregional Project). UNDP/UNICEF.
33. Drucker, David (2002). Curriculum, Supervision and Research. Social Work Incompatibilities and Possibilities. University of Tennessee Conference: “Bridging the Gap between Practice and Theory“.
34. Drucker, David (1989). Baardhere Dam Resettlement Project. World Bank.
35. Drucker, David (n.d.). Curriculum, Supervision and Research. Social Work Incompatibilities and Possibilities. Discussion.
37. Drucker, David (1981). Programmes of Assistance Concerned with Rehabilitation and Intervention for Handicapped/Disabled Refugees and Their Accompanying Family Members in Thailand. International Year of the Disabled. Report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Thailand. UNHCR Regional Office for Western South Asia. Medical Unit. Bangkok.
38. Drucker, David (1988). Comments on the 1987 World Bank Symposium on Poverty Alleviation. Bulletin of the Institute for Development and Anthropology 6 (2).
39. Drucker, David (1983). Community Participation and UNICEF Programming. Discussion Paper. WET/269/83 (1496L).
40. Drucker, David (n.d.). An Asian Progress. Being a Highly Personal Account of Professional Work (Draft).
41. Drucker, David (1986). Human Oneness: Traditional Healing in the Refugee Situation. UNICEF News, Issue 124.
42. Drucker, David (1978). A Commentary on the Section D Papers: The Contribution of Social Work and Social Work Education to Social Development. International Association of Schools of Social Work. XIXth Congress of Schools of Social Work.
43. Drucker, David (1986). Of Latrines and Videocassette Recorders: Inroads on Development. UNICEF News, Issue 124.
44. Drucker. David (1986). Less Walking, More Working. UNICEF News, Issue 124.
45. Drucker, David (1986). Listen, Listen to the People. UNICEF NEWS, Issue 124.
46. Drucker, David (n.d.). Mobile Training Scheme, Panchayat Secretaries. Discussion Paper. Illegible.
47. Drucker, David (1973) Report to the Office of Technical Co-operation. Mobile Training Scheme for the Training of Front-line and Supervisory Developmental Personnel in Land-locked and Least Developed Countries of the ECAFE Region. UNDP/ECAFE.
49. Drucker, David (1987). People First, Water and Sanitation Later. Community Partnership in the International Decade. WHO /CWS/87.3.
51. Drucker, David (1996). Vulnerability and Resilience: Perceptions and Responses to Psycho-Social Distress in Cambodia. Authors: Jo Boyden and Sara Gibbs. Manuscript review and evaluation.
52. Drucker, David (1986). Social Aspects of Water Supply. A Guide to Planning Community Participation. UNICEF.
53. Drucker, David (1986). Social Influences and Sanitation. Inter-Country Workshop on Sanitation, WHO/SEARO.
54. Drucker, David (2011). Social Work in International Context: A Long Search for a Definition. Paper submitted to the Journal of Social Work Education, Special Issue on International Social Work, 28 August 2011.
55. Drucker, David (1995). What and whom is research for?. Conference on Youth in the Situation of Radical Socio-Economic Reforms, Institute for Complex Social Research, St.Petersburg State University.
56. Drucker, David (2003). Whither International Social Work?. A Reflection. International Social Work 46 (1): 53-81.
57. Drucker, David (n.d.). S.T.K.S., Indonesia. Partial text.
58. Drucker, David (1985). Facing the People: The Demystification of Planning Water Supplies. Waterlines, v. 3, no. 3, 1985.
59. Drucker, David (1987). People First, Water and Sanitation Later. Community Participation in the International Decade. WHO.
1. Hall, N. (1987a) ‘Integrated Social Development and Peaceful Transformation in a Post-Colonial State (Zimbabwe). Social Development Issues, Vol. 11(1), Spring, pp. 67-78.
2. Hall, N. (1987b) ‘Self-Reliance in Practice: A Study of Burial Societies in Harare, Zimbabwe’. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 1987, No. 2, pp. 49-71.
3. Hall, N. (1990) Social Work Training in Africa – A Fieldwork Manual. Harare: Journal of Social Development in Africa.
4. Hall, N. (1992a) ‘Implementing Structural Adjustment Programmes in Africa: Some Implications for Social Work Practice and Training,’ in Hall, N. (ed.) The Social Implications of Structural Adjustment Programmes in Africa. Harare, Zimbabwe: Journal of Social Development in Africa, pp. 89-92.
6. Hall, N. (1993) ‘The Social Worker of Tomorrow and Fieldwork Today: Poverty and Urban Social Work in Africa in the 1990s’. Keynote Address to Workshop on Social Development and Urban Poverty, 22 – 26 Feb, in Social Development and Urban Poverty, Harare, Zimbabwe, pp. 7-14.
7. Hall, N. (1994a) ‘Diversion as a Strategy’, in Juvenile Justice Short Course. Paper presentations and edited proceedings of a Short Course on Juvenile Justice held in Harare, Zimbabwe, 6th – 8th June. Harare, Zimbabwe: School of Social Work, pp. 34-38.
9. Hall, N. (1995a)A Study of Fieldwork Practice in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka, with Implications for Social Work Training in Zimbabwe. Occasional Paper No 3. Harare: School of Social Work.
13. Hall, N. (1996b) ‘Partnerships in Housing Provision – A Case Study of Cooperative Housing Initiatives in Bulawayo, Kwekwe and Harare’.Addressing Urban Poverty in the Context of Decentralization in Eastern and Southern Africa: Case Studies in Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe: Working Paper 3. Harare: Municipal Development Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa.13
14. Hall, N., Kanyowa, L. & Mathe, J.M. (1997) ‘Building the Capacity of Social Workers’ Associations in Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe’. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 12(2), pp. 21-38. 14
15. Hall, N. (1998)City Consultation Report on Urban Poverty and Governance: Harare City Council. Report prepared by Nigel Hall and Takawira Mubvami, Municipal Development Programme and Urban Management Programme, Sep. pp. 78-87.15
16. Hall, N. (2000a) ‘Social Problems in Africa and the Social Work Response,’ in African Journal of Social Work, Vol. 2, No 1, pp. 77-85.
17. Hall, N. (2000b) ‘Social Work Service and Interdisciplinary Mental Health Care Delivery Systems in Zimbabwe’, in Ngoh-Tiong, T. & Envall, E. (eds.) Social Work Around the World. Bern, Switzerland: IFSW Press, pp. 22-31.
18. Hall, N. (2000c) Social Work Training and Deployment in Selected Eastern and Southern African Countries with regard to HIV/AIDS and the Role of the Social Welfare Sector in Africa: Strengthening the capacities of children and families in the context of HIV/AIDS, Pretoria: UNAIDS, Intercountry Team Eastern and Southern Africa.
19. Hall, N. (2000d) The Role of the Social Welfare Sector in Africa: Strengthening the capacities of children and families in the context of HIV/AIDS. Harare, Zimbabwe: SAfAIDS, UNAIDS, IFSW.
20. Hall, N. (2000e) ‘The Social Services Perspective’, in Perspectives on HIV/AIDS. Background Papers for the Conference The HIV/AIDS Crisis: A Commonwealth Response. London: The Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth Secretariat and Para55, pp. 1-5.
22. Hall, N. (2002) ‘Globalisation and Third World Poverty: Keynote Paper’. Social Work Review. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers. Summer. Vol. XIV, No. 4, pp. 3-7.
23. Hall, N. & Senzere, R. (2002) ‘Practice Learning in Hospital-based Settings’, in Shardlow, S.M. & Doel, M. Learning to Practise Social Work. International Approaches (eds.). London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publications, pp. 167-179.
24. Hall, N. (ed.) (2006a) Social Work: Making a World of Difference. Social Work Around the World IV. Oslo: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) & Fafo, Norway.
26. Hall, N. (2007) ‘We Care Don’t We? Social Workers, the Profession and HIV/AIDS’, in Dumont, S. & St-Onge, M. (eds.) Social Work and International Development. Compassion in Social Policy and Practice. Binghampton, Vol 44, No 1/2 . NY: Haworth Press., pp. 55-72.
27. Hall, N. (2008) ‘International Federation of Social Workers’. Mizrahi, T. & Davis, L.E. Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition. Washington DC: Oxford University Press & NASW Press.
28. Healy, L. & Hall, N. (2009) ‘International Organisations of Social Workers’, in Wagner, L. & Lutz, R. (eds.) International Perspectives in Social Work. Frankfurt: IKO, pp. 223-242.
29. Hall, N. (2010) ‘Developing a Common Value Base to a Global Profession. Insights from Latin America, Africa and the UK’
30. Hall, N. (2015a) ‘Adult Safeguarding’. Mizrahi, T. & Davis, L.E. Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition. Washington DC Oxford University Press & NASW Pr
31. Hall, N. (2015b) ‘International Perspectives’, in Davies, K. (ed.) Social Work with Troubled Families. A Critical Introduction London Jessica Kingsley, pp.
32. Hall, N. (2017a) ‘Human Rights Not Just an Abstract Concept’. Professional Social Work, Dec2016 2017.1 (1)