The term social development practitioner refers to a category of professionals (primarily comprised of social scientists) working (i.e., practising) in the field of international social development. Social development practitioners apply academic theory and methodology (such as derived from the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, geography, etc.) to analyse consequences of developmental processes and initiatives to humans, their communities and societies, and to the natural environment in order to help avoid or mitigate potentially negative project-induced impacts. Social development practitioners work with, within, and alongside governments, communities, civil society and the private sector. The work of social development practitioners is often motivated by a desire to help promote forms of governance that are accessible, responsive and accountable.
References and Further Reading
- Kaplan, Allan. 2002. Development Practitioners and Social Process: Artists of the Invisible. London: Pluto Press. ISBN: 9780745310190
- Muzaale, Patrick John. 1988. “The Organization and Delivery of Social Services to Rural Areas”. Journal of Social Development in Africa. 3(2):33-48.
- Price, Susanna and Kathryn Robinson (eds.) 2015. Making a Difference?: Social Assessment Policy and Praxis and its Emergence in China. New York and Oxford: Berghan Books. ISBN: 978-1-78238-457-1