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.

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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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  • Concurrent
    Symposium
    - Panel by
    CSDA
    The 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (ICSW 2016)


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  • Helping
    Charities
    Do Good
    Better
    This first article that introduces accountants to the local charity landscape


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  • Matched Savings
    Plan
    for Children

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

05.04.2016 - BLESS' Newsletter Update

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21.03.2016 - S R Nathan Professor Public Lecture

Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences LT9

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24.02.2016 - CSDA Town Hall Meeting III

Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: SGX Auditorium

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19.01.2016 - BLESS' Newsletter Update

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05.08.2015 - CSDA Seminar on Research by Social Work Honours Students

Time: 3pm to 5pm
Venue: NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences LT10

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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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