2011 ICSD Conference (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

1/1/2011

CSWE membership was well-represented at the17th biennial International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) held January 3–7, 2011, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Katherine A. Kendall Institute held a session on disaster management titled Empowerment and Sustainable Development in the Aftermath of Disaster. The session included three unique presentations. The first presentation, by Mioara Diaconu from Andrews University, was titled Haiti: Sustainable Recovery & Rebuilding and provided a historical context for the current situation in Haiti, an assessment of postearthquake recovery efforts, and an examination of various aspects of sustainability—including environmental, sociopolitical, and economic sustainability—that are important to recovery efforts. The second presentation, Social Network and Citizen Participation in Disaster Management, by DeBrenna Agbenyiga from Michigan State University, discussed the importance of social support networks within communities and the correlations between social capital and casualties in disasters. The third presentation, Group Work’s Place in Disaster Response: Principles for International Practice, by Carol Cohen of Adelphi University, explored the emergence of group work in postdisaster recovery and how it can be used to empower those affected by disaster. These presentations will be available soon in the Katherine A. Kendall Institute section of the CSWE website.