ERIS Journal – Winter 2017

It is estimated that 833 million people continue to live in rural India (The Census, 2011 in
Hazare, 2011). ‘The development and transformation of rural economy requires rapid expansion
of employment and income opportunities’ (Planning Commission, 2009). Women entrepreneurs
have proven that there is “a source of immense untapped power in the womanhood of India”
(Hall, 1992). Economically empowered women contributed to the wealth and well-being not only
of their families, but also of their nations (Blumberg, 1995). The Self Help group-bank linkage
process in India paved the way for the emergence of rural women Entrepreneurs4 in the recent
decades. The strategic enhancement of women’s entrepreneurship could lead to economic growth
and inclusive prosperity in the rural areas. A study was made to highlight the entrepreneurial scenario of rural Dalit entrepreneurs in the
Dauladevi block of Almora district, Uttarakhand State, India. A total of 20 women involved in
various micro enterprises were selected. The study underscores various factors and strategies for
the betterment of rural entrepreneurs in the hill scenario.Zobrazit text

This article aims to analyze current research trends in Social Work from the demands submitted in
the context of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).
Therefore, it introduces a discussion concerning the unquestionable relationship among research,
production of knowledge, and stricto sensu graduate programs in Social Work. This discussion is
based on data collected from secondary sources derived from the previously mentioned funding agency.
Data have been evaluated by representatives of the Social Work area who participate in the Advisory
Committee of Psychology and Social Work at CNPq. The trends observed show the fragility within the
area which arises from issues such as the current centrality of technological innovation; the investigative
predominance on the Social Policies and issues regarding the area of Fundamentals of Social Work; the
link of the research to several social demands historically determined by a capitalist society. We also
emphasize the emergence of two new trends stimulated by CNPq, which denote relevance to Social
Work: education and popularization of Science & Technology, as well as intersectionality.Zobrazit text

The contribution is focused on the topic of social and solidarity economy and Italian social
cooperatives, and is one of the outcomes of the Student Grant Competition project called The Use
of Social Work in Italian Social Cooperatives Providing Social Services which has been conducted from
January to December 2016 with the goal to clarify a working definition of social work implemented
in organizations chosen for the research. This article first introduces the topic of modernization of
society with the consequences for social work as well, followed by basic information about social
and solidarity economy and social cooperatives in Italy. The last part of the text focuses on the
project and some of its outcomes in the context of the modernization of society.Zobrazit text

The relatively limited literature on failing students on social work placements tends to focus on
the emotional reactions of the participants. The aim of this paper is different because it explores
whether it is the student who is failing or whether stakeholders are failing the student by being
unclear about expectations of a student on placement. This study examines whether the problem
of failing students needs to be recontextualised within a wider framework of roles and expectations
of social work. The paper is derived from a wider study into the expectations of participants of
the social work degree. The results indicate that interviewees hold contradictory and inconsistent
expectations of students, which may contribute to the difficulties encountered by tutors, practice
educators, and students when a student is failing. The findings are linked to the wider context of
the present reform of social work education and concerns about students’ suitability for professional
practice.Zobrazit text

This text endeavours to capture the socio-political climate and those conditions under which
family caregivers in the Czech Republic must work and which are influenced by the Czech Care
Allowance (CA) system. The family caregivers were almost invisible until the introduction of the
CA into the Czech social care system. Four interconnected issues concerning the situation of the
family caregivers in the Czech Republic are discussed that are related to the CA. These issues
involve 1/ a procedure of CA entitlement assessment; 2/ social rights and low social security
available for the family caregivers; 3/ relationship of formal social services to the family caregivers,
4/ a possible impact of the Care benefit agenda professionals’ stereotypes or preconceptions on
the assessment of eligibility for Care benefit. The text is concluded by a short discussion of the
situation of the Czech family caregivers from the vantage point of foreign experience and policy
towards family care/caregivers, including the EU strategy.Zobrazit text

The article discusses understanding the practice of social work in a health care institution providing
both acute and long-term health care services in the Czech Republic.
The aim of the article is to provide the results of the findings of a qualitative case study on
understanding the practice of social work among the involved persons, i. e. social workers in health
care. The text thus contributes to professional discussion concerning the needs for research into
social work in health care in the Czech environment.
The text presents the method of case study as a way of identifying the reality of practice in social
work within a multidisciplinary environment with a diverse clientele.
The text reveals the quality of social work practice in health care in the Czech Republic, and
it also explores weaknesses, for which general recommendations are made to overcome them.
The final part of the article is devoted to highlighting the essential findings and suggestions for
recommendations which could influence the development in the practice of social work in health
care and its research.Zobrazit text