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Water Insecurity: A Case for Social Policy Action by Social Workers

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This article discusses the nationally and internationally urgent water insecurity issue, and why it represents a highly relevant area for social policy action by social workers, both at local and global levels. Drawing on secondary data analysis, the paper explores the nature and scope of water insecurity as a global social work issue, discusses its social policy dimensions, and suggests a framework for social policy action by social workers. It argues that, due to the complex nature of the water insecurity issue and its consequences, particularly on the poor and disadvantaged groups, and on ecosystems, it is critical to analyse it from conservation, distribution, and access perspectives and to act. Social workers need to think creatively about the application of their knowledge, skills, and virtues to the water insecurity issue in order to bring about necessary changes in human and institutional behaviour relating to water.
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Keywords: Water Distribution to the Poor; Water Insecurity; Water and Social Action; Water and Social Policy; Water and Social Work

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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