International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

Fédération internationale des travailleurs sociaux
Federación Internacional de Trabajadores Sociales

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1928 Paris France


Reconstituted 1956, Munich (Germany FR), at International Conference on Social Welfare, following preliminary work inaugurated at earlier Conference, 1950, Paris (France).


Promote social work as a profession through international cooperation and action, especially as regards professional standards, training, ethics and working conditions; promote establishment of national associations of social workers where they do not yet exist; support national associations in promoting participation of social workers in social planning and formulation of social policies, nationally and internationally; encourage and facilitate contacts among social workers of all countries and provide media for discussion and exchange of ideas; present the point of view of the profession on an international level by establishing relations with international governmental or voluntary organizations operating in, or interested in, the social welfare field; assist in carrying out social planning, social action and welfare programmes sponsored by such organizations.


2025-11-26 | Dakar, Senegal – Africa Regional Conference

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General Meeting (at least every 2 years), consisting of representatives of member organizations (3 from each country), elects Executive Committee (meets at least annually), comprising up to 12 members (2-year terms), including the Officers - President, 5 Vice-Presidents (according to geographical regions - Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, North America) and Treasurer. European organization: E-XJ1234 - IFSW Europe.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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