WashU partnerships in Asia inform new initiative in Africa

Michael Sherraden

A multinational group of partners gathered virtually in July to mark the launch of Financial Capability and Asset Building in Africa (FCAB Africa), a new collaboration aimed at enlisting financial-service providers and human-service professionals to improve the financial knowledge of disadvantaged populations, and access to quality financial service.

New Book Charts Global Progress of Child Development Accounts

Inclusive Child Development Accounts

Now, a new book edited by Jin Huang, Li Zou and Sherraden—Inclusive Child Development Accounts: Toward Universality and Progressivity—showcases the global context of those advancements. Over seven chapters, the book examines CDA policies and programs in Singapore, Israel, the United States, Taiwan, Uganda, Korea and mainland China.

In Landmark Publication, Sherraden and Colleagues Laud Partnership between Washington University and Universities in China

In 2018, China celebrated its 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of social work in the country. Both that year and in 2019, Next Age Institute (NAI) Director Michael Sherraden provided keynote addresses for conferences at Peking University (PKU) in Beijing. Emphasizing the importance of longstanding partnerships between Washington University and China, Sherraden said they “build trust, and trust is a […]

Singapore’s Financial Capability and Asset Building Project Expands to Nationwide Scale

In January 2017, the Next Age Institute (NAI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) began the Singapore Financial Capability and Asset Building (SG FCAB) initiative. The goal of the initiative is to develop Singaporean social workers’ knowledge and skills for working with vulnerable low-income families on their household finances. The SG FCAB initiative was planned as a three-phase […]

Washington University scholars headline policy conference at National University of Taiwan

Next Age Institute Director Michael Sherraden and two research professors from the Brown School, Margaret Sherraden and Jin Huang, recently headlined an international policy conference on Innovation and Evaluation for Anti-Poverty Initiatives at National Taiwan University (NTU), a McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner university. The Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare organized the conference, and the […]

Special issue highlights Child Development Accounts globally

Child Development Accounts take center stage in a newly released special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. The sweeping, seven-article issue shows the global context of the emerging asset-building policy. “Many countries are exploring new policy innovations that encourage asset building,” said Michael Sherraden, who co-edited the issue and co-authored the […]

The new book “People and Climate Change” opens for orders

The new book People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice now may be ordered in advance of its April 1 release. Edited by Lisa Reyes Mason and Jonathan Rigg, the 256-page book explores how climate change threatens the well-being, livelihood and survival of people in communities worldwide. “Too often, those who have contributed least […]

Rigg of National University of Singapore and Mason published in Nature Climate Change

In the December issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, Jonathan Rigg and Lisa Reyes Mason articulate in their commentary article of “Five Dimensions of Climate Science Reductionism”, that science tends to extract climate change from its social and environmental contexts, making climate change a “detached physical process.” “Pertinent, non-physical evidence is overlooked or underplayed, and the ways in which climate change […]

McKay featured at McDonnell Academy workshop on social innovation and public health

Mary McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation dean of the Brown School, was the lead speaker at the Workshop on Social Innovation & Public Health, at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She highlighted Brown School faculty members’ research and innovation related to social work and public health. The October 14 workshop included four additional experts. Vernon […]

Tsinghua University professor lectures on social work’s progress in China

Chen is the director of the Center for Social Work Study and a faculty member of the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. He also is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Cross-Strait Research and a senior research fellow at the Center for Sino-American Relations. In the early years of the […]

A national Child Development Account (CDA) policy is emerging in Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen in June signed into law the Act on Savings Accounts for the Education and Development of Children and Teenagers. The legislation encourages disadvantaged families to save for their children’s future by creating publicly subsidized saving accounts. The scholar Li-Chen Cheng, who earned her PhD in Social Work at Washington University, has spent decades […]

Sherraden writes about asset building in Singapore in new book

Michael Sherraden, the S.R. Nathan Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and co-director of the Next Age Institute, has the lead paper in the forthcoming book “Critical Issues in Asset Building in Singapore’s Development.” Singapore has led in asset-based policy since the1960s. “Asset building has become the backbone of Singapore’s strategy for […]

“Asset-Building Policies and Innovation in Asia” now in paperback

The book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovation in Asia” – a valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian social policy – is now available in paperback. This book offers macro- and micro-level analyses on asset-based social development and compares and contrasts national social policies across the Asia-Pacific region. Next Age Institute Co-Director Michael Sherraden and International Director Li Zou edited the book […]

Singapore Starts Financial Capability & Asset Building Initiative

The Next Age Institute (NAI) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are collaborating to introduce a Financial Capability and Asset Building (FCAB) initiative in Singapore. The curriculum will be piloted with NUS social work undergraduates and about 100 social workers next year. Soon Singaporean social workers will develop knowledge and […]

Congratulations to Dr. David Law being named as a Visiting Research Professor at NUS

Next Age Institute congratulates Dr. David Law, the Charles Nagel Chair of Constitutional Law and Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis being named as a Visiting Research Professor at NUS between January and February 2017. Dr. Law’s interests include public law, comparative law, law and social science, judicial politics, and constitutional and political theory. His interdisciplinary […]

Symposium highlights social justice aspects of climate change

More than 130 people attended the international symposium “People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice” on November 18 at Washington University in St. Louis. The event, led by Washington University in St. Louis, National University of Singapore and the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, was created to sharpen the focus on climate change as a social, […]

Volunteering Experts Convened in Germany to Increase Community Resilience

Experts on Volunteering convened at the Conference for International Volunteer Cooperation Organizations this month at the United Nations Campus in Bonn, Germany. The conference theme was increasing the resilience of communities through volunteering. A key focus was on how volunteers can help communities adapt to shocks and stresses through improved management of disaster risks and […]

Child Development Accounts Expanded in Singapore

In its annual budget message, the Singapore government announced on March 24, 2016, that Child Development Accounts, as of that date, are significantly expanded. The expansion is an automatic deposit into the CDAs of all newborns in the amount of S$3,000, which is US$2,220 at current exchange rates. The purpose is to make CDAs fully […]

Top 100 Asian Scientist Chwee Teck LIM of NUS Visited WashU

Next Age Institute extended a warm welcome to Professor Chwee Teck LIM of National University of Singapore who visited the School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) on March 23-24, 2016. During the visit, Professor Lim had opportunities to exchange research ideas with select SEAS faculty members and to meet WUSTL’s […]