Centre for Social Development Asia

Applied research and knowledge building to inform policies and programs in social development

The Centre for Social Development Asia (CSDA) was launched in July 2007 by the Minister of Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Located under the purview of the Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, the Centre was established in collaboration with the Centre for Social Development, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St Louis.

The primary mission of CSDA is applied research and knowledge building to inform policies and programs in social development, with a focus on Asia (including East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia).  A subtext of this mission is to make Singapore’s very innovative social policies and programs better known throughout Asia and the world.


Within this mission, CSDA emphasizes key themes that build on the strengths of Singapore and CSDA’s principle staff.  These themes would include effective functioning of families and communities (with attention to gender equality and racial/ethnic/religious harmony), developing human capital (broadly conceived), policies and programs for an aging society, structure and organization of social services, conceiving and implementing social innovations, and social policy based on assets


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    The Centre for Social Development (Asia) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) introduced the Matched Savings Plan in September 2008.

19.01.2016 - BLESS' Newsletter Update

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18.06.2015 - BLESS touched many young lives in the Southwest region of Singapore

Time: 18 June 2015, Thursday
Venue: Southwest of Singapore

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16.06.2015 - Social Isolation Seminar

Time:16 June 2015, Tuesday
Venue: Social Service Institute, 111 Somerset Road, #04-01 TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164

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17.03.2015 - CSDA Town Hall Meeting with Directors from VWOs

Time:17 Mar 2015, Tuesday
Venue:CSDA Town Hall Meeting with Directors from VWOs

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13.12.2014 - BLESS launches Mobile Family Day to celebrate SG50

Time:13 Dec 2014
Venue: Southwest of Singapore

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15.11.2014 - Launch of North West POSB SavingStars Programme

Time:15 Nov 2014, 9:45am to 12:30pm
Venue:Republic Polytechnic Lecture Theatre E5

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16.08.2014 - Official Launch of BLESS and CSDA-BLESS collaboration

Guest of Honour: Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
Time: 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM 16 Aug 2014
Venue: Lecture Theatre 8, AS5, FASS, NUS

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05.08.2014 - Family and Child Welfare

Presentations by Honours Social Work students
Jointly organized with the NUS Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme
Time: 2:30 PM- 5:30 PM 5 Aug 2014
Venue: LT 52, Stephen Riady Centre, University Town, NUS

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17.02.2014 - S R Nathan Professor Public Lecture: Innovations in Asset Building

Speaker: Professor Michael Sherraden, Center for Social Development, University of Washington in St. Louis
Time: 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM 17 Feb 2014
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House

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29.11.2013 - CSDA Seminar Series: "University-Enterprise-VWO Model of Social Service for Industrial Workers in Shanghai

Speaker: Ms Liu Maoxiang, Head, Social Work Program, Shanghai Vocation Management, College of Trade Union
Time: 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM 29 Nov 2013
Venue: Blk AS7, 01-06, Shaw Foundation Building

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22.11.2013 - Roundtable discussion on issues and research priorities

Time: 2:30 PM- 5:30 PM 22 Nov 2013
Venue: GUILD House, Kent Ridge Campus, NUS


24.9.2013 - Forum on Poverty - Building an Inclusive Society: understanding and empowering the poor in Singapore

Coorganized with Singapore Research Nexus and Social Science & Policy Research Cluster, FASS
Time: 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM 24 Sep 2013
Venue: Lecture Theatre 9, AS1, NUS Kent Ridge Campus

19.7.2013 - Seminar on Youth Work

Chaired by: A/P Irene Ng, Social Work Department
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM 19 July 2013
Venue: Research Division Seminar Room, AS7-06-42, Level 6, Shaw Foundation Building