THE CHALLENGE OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
In today's world, the need to improve the quality of human lives is always at the forefront of any social development agenda. We are accustomed to viewing development in two major facets - the physical and the social - with each facets, depending on how well it has progressed within any particular time or societal context, having its own significant and distinguishable impact upon the society. While improvements in physical development have achieved significant milestones throughout the decades, the manifestations of which appear in the forms of the ubiquitousness of technology in our daily lives, the remarkable increase in the use of renewable energy and revolutions in green construction, advancement in social development however remains a challenging task. In many societies, the persistence of poverty, crime, war, destitution and human misery are all indications of the many facets of social development that pose an insurmountable challenge. When it comes to social development, it is conceivable that relatively peaceful and wealthy countries such as Malaysia faces virtually the same type of challenge and difficulty as other less wealthy, or crisis-laden countries. This begs an answer to an all-encompassing question that serves as the undercurrent of this conference: What makes social development so challenging and how could we address the problem effectively?
For one, far from being a single matter to be dealt with, the idea of social development normally encompasses a wide range of social as well as other issues: from interpersonal dilemmas to social upheavals, and from household economics to global humanitarian crisis. It is only fitting that in this second installment of the ISDC that we focus on multidisciplinary perspectives in our effort to better understand the concept and discover all of its dimensions. Having diverse viewpoints converging on the issue of social development will not only serve to broaden the intellectual horizon but also provide different insights and strategies of enhancing the development process itself. It is one our objectives in organizing this event to pull together different ideas, insights, evidence, novel theories, research findings, policy analysis and the like which pertains to the social development theme.
We therefore invite scholars and practitioners from all around the world and from various disciplines to join this event, create a lively network of concerned citizens and contribute valuable ideas toward this end.
This conference aims to:
- Explore psychosocial issues involving individuals, families and society.
- Discuss contemporary interventions from various disciplines to enhance social well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities.
- Provide a platform for researchers, practitioners and social policy makers to discuss various societal issues.
- Strengthen the networking between the academia, helping practitioners and social services personnel of various disciplines.