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Michael Lavalette and Vasilios Ioakimidis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.001.0001

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International organisations, social work and war: a ‘frog's perspective’ reflection on the bird's eye view

International organisations, social work and war: a ‘frog's perspective’ reflection on the bird's eye view

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(p.105) seven International organisations, social work and war: a ‘frog's perspective’ reflection on the bird's eye view
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Social work in extremis
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Reima Ana Maglajlic

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427182.003.0008

This chapter reflects on several ‘critical incidences’ from the past two decades of this chapter's author's social work experience. She studied social work in her home town of Zagreb, Croatia, during the 1991–1995 war. Following five years of study and work in England, she lived and worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1999 to 2007, a country that was ‘recovering’ from a war that lasted from 1992 to the end of 1996. During these war and post-war periods, the author worked for a number of local and international organisations or initiatives including UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID and the European Community. The critical incidences that the chapter describes are all related to the manner in which international and supranational organisations get involved in countries that experience extreme political conflicts and/or war. The chapter is divided into three sections, focusing on an example from the war period, the immediate post-war period and the period where ‘social development’ and ‘transition’ labels are frequently applied to the post-war contexts.

Keywords:   Croatia, international organisations, social work, war, political conflicts, Bosnia and Herzegovina, social development

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