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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
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   Q1: What does ICSW stand for?
   Q2: When was ICSW founded?
   Q3: What are the aims of ICSW?
   Q4: What work does ICSW undertake?
   Q5: How is ICSW funded?
   Q6: How many countries does ICSW cover?
   Q7: How does ICSW relate to the United Nations?
   Q8: Where are the ICSW Global Offices located?
   Q9: I wish to make a donation to ICSW.
 Q10: I need financial assistance from ICSW.
 Q11: Do you have a listing of job openings/volunteer           positions/internships available?
 Q12: How can I become a member of ICSW?
 Q13: How can I receive regular information about ICSW activities?
 Q14: I am a student and I have to write on can you tell me where I can           find information about this subject?
 
 
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Q1: What does ICSW stand for?
ICSW stands for International Council on Social Welfare.
 
 
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Q2: When was ICSW founded?
The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) was founded in Paris in 1928 under the original name of International Conference of Social Work. It became the International Council on Social Welfare on the 1st of January 1967.
 
 
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Q3: What are the aims of ICSW?
The International Council on Social welfare seeks to advance social welfare, social justice and social development.
 
 
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Q4: What work does ICSW undertake?
The International Council on Social Welfare gathers and disseminates information, undertakes research and analysis, convenes seminars and conferences, draws on grass-roots experiences, strengthens non-governmental organisations, develops policy proposals, engages in public advocacy and works with policy-makers and administrators in government and elsewhere.
 
 
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Q5: How is ICSW funded?
The activities of the International Council on Social Welfare are funded by membership fees, governmental and intergovernmental sources. Current major donors include the Governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden.
 
 
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Q6: How many countries does ICSW cover?
At the moment, the International Council on Social Welfare represents national and local organisations in more than 70 countries throughout the world. More details about members can be found on this website.
 
 
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Q7: How does ICSW relate to the United Nations?
The International Council on Social Welfare has the highest level of consultative status with the United Nations in relation to the work of the Economic and Social Council. It is also accredited to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and to regional intergovernmental organisations. ICSW requested temporary suspension from accreditation with World Health Organisation (WHO).

The ICSW's high level of consultative status within the United Nations has also ensured that the organisation is consulted and involved in important social development issues being discussed by the United Nations.

To know more about the consultative status with the UN: www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/faq.htm
 
 
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Q8: Where are the ICSW Global Offices located?
 
International Council on Social Welfare
Address:
C/O MOVISIE - Netherlands Centre for Social Development
P.O. Box 19129
3501 DC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Telephone:+31 30 789 22 26
Fax:+31 30 789 21 11
Email:icsw@icsw.org
Website:www.icsw.org
ICSW Netherlands Office
 
 
 
International Council on Social Welfare – Africa Office
Address:
P.O. Box 28957, Kampala
Uganda

Telephone:+256 (0)414 - 32 11 50
Email:icsw@icsw.org
ICSW Africa Office
 
 
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Q9: I wish to make a donation to ICSW.
The International Council on Social Welfare accepts voluntary financial contributions provided that the purpose for which the contributions are made is consistent with the aims and activities of the Organisation. Cheques or money orders made payable to ICSW may be sent to the Global Office in The Netherlands.
 
 
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Q10: I need financial assistance from ICSW.
The International Council on Social Welfare is not a funding organisation. Its funds are allocated only to programmes which have been officially approved by the Council and our donors.
 
 
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Q11: Do you have a listing of job openings/volunteer positions/internships available?
We do not have a listing of employment opportunities because the Global Office in the Netherlands is a small office employing very few people. As for jobs outside the Global Office, we do not take responsibility for hiring people. ICSW regions may employ staff from time to time.

Concerning volunteer positions or internships, you can write to: icsw@icsw.org
 
 
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Q12: How can I become a member of ICSW?
To find all the information you need to know about becoming a member of ICSW go to "How do you become a member?" on this website.
 
 
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Q13: How can I receive regular information about ICSW activities?
You can subscribe to our free monthly ICSW newsletter "Global Cooperation": www.icsw.org/newsletter/subscribe.htm. If you register to receive the ICSW newsletter, you will be informed about the latest activities of ICSW. Please note that if you do not wish to continue to receive ICSW newsletter you can cancel your subscription.
 
 
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Q14: I am a student and I have to write on .. can you tell me where I can find information about this subject?
To find information about a specific subject on our website we advise you to use the search or index function. These tools will lead you to the documents related to your subject.

If you cannot find the information you need on our website, we suggest that you make a search in Google or other search engine.
 
 
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