Editor's Note.

Author:Pillai, Vijayan K.
 
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This volume contains articles on issues such as reproductive health, human sex trafficking, and transmigration. Pawar's historical account of the first twelve years of the Asia-Pacific branch of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSDAP) provides an in-depth case study of an organization with a special interest in social development of the Asia-Pacific region. Organizations compete for material and nonmaterial inputs. A few organizations endowed with skilled leadership manage to survive. Having played a leadership role in sustaining the ICSDAP through its early years, Pawar had the unique opportunity to observe and live through critical events in the life of this organization. Throughout the narrative he presents strategies that he used to get a very resource-strapped organization on its feet. Although this is a case study, his account of the organizational strategies that led to the growth of the ICSDAP is noteworthy. Infusing sustainability into organizations devoted to social causes and human well-being is essential for social development. Descriptive accounts of the factors that lead to organizational failures and successes provide valuable insights for the development of a theory of social development. In general, this article offers useful information for building and sustaining grassroots-level organizations engaged in social development activities.

Noyori-Corbett examines the effectiveness of transnational advocacy networks (TANs) in addressing sex trade human trafficking as a social problem of global/international dimension. Social development issues are likely to assume a global dimension in a highly interconnected world. This is especially true of social development issues that involve human rights violations. In such instances social development projects will have to involve international organizations as well as local/national stakeholders. Noyori-Corbett's study provides guidelines useful for enhancing the effectiveness of TANs engaged in resolving social development problems.

Bangladesh has registered steep fertility declines during the last three decades. One consequence of fertility decline is population aging. Consequently, Bangladesh society is well on its way to becoming an old population. As a result of population aging combined with out-migration of youth, the problem of elder care is becoming a national issue in Bangladesh. Policy development for resolving issues related to aging such as caregiver...

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