Berkeley Social Welfare alumna Joanna Doran (PhD '13) and doctoral candidate Meghan Brenna Morris (PhD '14) both attended and gave presentations at the 18th Biennial International Consortium on Social Development. Titled Opening New Frontiers in Social Development: Facing Opportunities and Challenges, the conference took place this past July in Kampala, Uganda.
Morris notes that she presented on "the potential of social development programs to be integrated into transitional justice systems for women who survive sexual violence from genocide using the initial findings from [her] dissertation research in Rwanda," while Dr. Doran's presentation touched on "tax incentives for the wealthy in the US as well as the importance of critiquing the entire budget to look at economic assistance and its inequitable distribution."
Consortium participants include social workers, community development workers, NGO representatives, academics, humanitarian aid workers and employees for Ministries of Social Development, Ministries of Social Services and Ministries of Development from around the globe. Morris reports that this year's attendees included individuals from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, the US and Canada, among others.
Photo: Joanna Doran and Meghan Brenna Morris