To promote capacity building for social work education and training IASSW is establishing Regional Resource Centres (RRCs) in different parts of the world. RCCs will offer and coordinate capacity building initiatives, services and resources to member institutions.  IASSW invites applications from qualified institutions.

Purpose of Regional Resource Centres

The RRCs are intended to develop and implement a regional strategy, in partnership Regional Associations of Schools of social work, in order to:

  • provide high quality capacity building programmes;
  • lead region-relevant research projects;
  • offer learning opportunities for academic staff and students in the social work arena;
  • lead and foster regional communications and exchange on social work education;
  • promote the vision and mission of IASSW.

It is anticipated that the RRC status would extend the activities of centres or platforms already engaged with local partners on collaborative projects for social work education.  The RRC status is granted for a period of three years, with a total contribution of USD 4000 from the IASSW. It is envisaged that RRCs will continue in their role beyond three years but without further funding from the IASSW.

For information about the first RCC launched in 2016, at the China Social Work Research Centre, Beijing China see: content/uploads/2016/03/IASSW-First-Regional-Resource-Centres-March-2016.pdf


Qualifications for Establishing a Regional Resource Centre

The RRC applicant(s) must be a fully registered institutional member of IASSW, and an active, current member of the Regional Association of Schools of Social Work.  It is envisaged that the RRC will work in close collaboration with their regional association to further advance the capacity building goals of IASSW within the geographical region. Applicants have to demonstrate the following in their proposal:

  1. Institutional membership of IASSW for at least three years
  2.  Accordance with the vision and mission of IASSW
  •  Support from their respective IASSW regional and/or national associations and proposed methods for collaborating with them
  1.  Synergy with the Global Agenda themes in their programmes and proposed activities as Resource Centres
  2.  Evidence of being an accredited institution, recognised by the local government/ professional association, signifying their mandate to offer social work education programmes at the postgraduate level and above
  3.  Strong track record in offering high quality social work education and training programmes
  •  Commitment to regional development and culturally appropriate practices based on a demonstrable track record of such activities
  • Commitment and capacity to offering capacity building programmes to IASSW member institutions on a regular non-profit making basis (though the programmes can be fee-charging in order to cover the administrative and actual costs incurred)
  1.  Access to venues and facilities suitable for accommodating capacity building programmes for IASSW member institutions and participants from the region.
  2. Clear rationale for identifying the geographical area identified for the Centre’s capacity building activities and an outline of methods for future collaboration.
  3. Detailed plan of how the budget will be spent and plans for generating further funds on the basis of being designated an IASSW Regional Resource Centre


Application and selection procedures

IASSW invites interested and well qualified parties from the IASSW regions to submit applications for Regional Resource Centre Status for 2016. Applications should be submitted by member schools of social work, or a lead school if several intend to work in partnership.  The 2016 call will give priority to regions that do not already have an RRC. Completed application packages should be addressed to the Chair of the IASSW Capacity building committee and sent to the IASSW Executive Officer at .  The deadline for submission of applications is June 10th 2016.

More information on regional resource centres and the detailed guidelines to applicants, including the essential components of the proposal and the selection criteria can be found on the IASSW website at:


For further information please contact Janet Williams and Janestic Twikirize through Rashmi  Pandey at