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Center for Social Development, Applied Developmental Science at
Amanda Moore McBride & Michael Sherraden & Margaret S. Sherraden
The Center for Social Development (CSD) is part of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work (GWB), at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri. The impetus for creating CSD came from Dean Shanti Khinduka. The center began in 1994, with Professor Michael Sherraden as the founding director. Although relatively young as an organization, CSD has established itself as a leading academic center in social development in the United States and internationally. What is social development, and how does the work of CSD reflect applied developmental science? Social development focuses on the growth and capacity building of individuals, families, communities, and societies, somewhat in contrast to the traditional social welfare focus on maintenance and problem solving. Social development is a large umbrella, under which a wide range of academic and applied discussions are intermingled. These include enhancing development and capabilities, improving social functioning and intergroup relations, creating responsive institutions, generating ...