The modern social work systems created at the end of the last century are now
facing post-modern challenges — on one hand the global social trends, and on
the other hand the local practices. Structurally, all social work systems have
commonalities, but they differ, sometimes fundamentally, in their degree of development.
While the social work systems in the West Europe and North America
have achieved remarkable results, the social work systems in Asia and Africa are
fighting the burden of poverty, malnutrition, infant mortality, HIV/AIDS or other
infectious diseases, limited access to running water, starvation, illiteracy etc.