International Conference 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan




6 NOVEMBER, 2018




The conference is on Child Development Accounts. Child Development Accounts (CDAs) are savings or investment accounts that begin as early as birth as they first suggested by CSD Director Michael Sherraden in his book "Assets and the Poor". In many cases, public and private matching funds are deposited into these accounts to supplement savings for the child. The purpose of CDAs is to promote savings and asset building for lifelong development. Therefore, CDAs may can be opened to supplemental education and experiences in childhood, post-secondary education for youth, and home ownership and enterprise development in adulthood. CDAs allow parents and children to accumulate savings to ensure a confident start for child after 18 years old.

The conference is organized by Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union, Center for Social Development at the Washington University in St. Louis and New Age Institute with support of Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.




Professor Michael Sherraden: “1. Child Development Accounts: Research and Policy Design and; 2. Child Development Accounts in Singapore”

 Professor Sherraden is the founder of Child Development Accounts concept. He is founding director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School. Working with colleagues at CSD and many partners, Sherraden creates and tests innovations to improve social and economic well-being. He has defined and informed a growing body of applied research and policy to promote inclusion in asset building. This work has influenced asset-based policies and programs in the U.S. and many other countries. His research results have also informed inclusive and progressive child development accounts (CDAs) in St. Louis, other U.S. cities and states, and internationally.

Sherraden was elected to the inaugural class of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, serves on the board, and is a co-director of the national initiative Grand Challenges for Social Work. Among other awards, he has been a Fulbright Scholar and listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.




Li Zou, MSW, MBA: “Child Development Accounts Policies:  Examples and Perspectives from Asia” and;      2. “Child Development Accounts in China”


Li Zou is International Director at the Center for Social Development (CSD). She leads CSD's international asset-building work, and directs the five-year large-scale YouthSave Project in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal.  She has contributed to CSD's consulting and research efforts on asset-building policy and children’s savings accounts for governments in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and South Korea.  Ms. Zou has coauthored articles on asset- building for and guest-edited several international academic journals, and publishes in both English and Mandarin. Ms. Zou holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  Prior to her current appointment, she worked for CGAP housed at the World Bank on advancing financial access for the poor in China.


Professor Daniel Gottlieb: “Child Development Accounts in Israel”


Dr. Gottlieb is Deputy Director General of Research and Planning at the National Insurance Institute, and a lecturer on economic policy and social policy at the School of Social Work in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Zurich and the London School of Economics, respectively. Between 1986 – 1988 Dr. Gottlieb worked as an economist for the International Monetary Fund. He then began to work as an economist in the economic unit of the Foreign Currency Department at the Bank of Israel, and later served as chief economist in the bank’s research department. He also served for 12 years as a senior consultant to BOI governors Yaakov Frenkel, David Klein, and Stanley Fischer. In his research, Gottlieb looked at issues such as monetary policy, inflation, the capital account of the balance of payments, public debt, the optimal level of the country’s foreign currency reserves, liberalization of foreign currency, macroeconomic policy, and public policy. Since 2000, Gottlieb’s research has focused on social-economic policy, in particular, on the issues of poverty and the labor market. Over the years he has published many research studies in professional journals, and has written chapters in books on economy and society.


Aytakin Huseynli, MSW, PhD Student: “Possibility of Child Development Accounts Policies in Post-Soviet Countries:  Policy Design for Azerbaijan”


Aytakin Huseynli is a doctoral student in social work at the Brown School at Washington University where she also earned her masters of social work (MSW) degree. Her research interests include social welfare in resource-rich countries, international social work and social development. Teaching interests are natural resources and social development, international social work, social policies and services, statistics and research methods. Before entering the doctoral program, she served as a country director of Hilfswerk Austria International, National Advisor of UNICEF on Child Protection & Social Work and Second Deputy Member of Executive Committee at International Federation of Social Workers. She also founded and served as the chair of the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union (AZSWU) which is the association of professional social workers in Azerbaijan ( Prior to the doctoral program, Huseynli’s work encompassed educational, program, and policy development in Azerbaijan.

            Currently, she serves on Editorial Boards of International Social Work Journal and International Journal of School Social Work. She is the member of Social Services in the Context of Conflict Network and continues her leadership as a Board Member and Chair for AZSWU.


Presenters from Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Northern Cyprus and Kazakhstan will present about measures/policies on child financial stability from their countries.




All practitioners of social policy, social work and child specialists are welcome to participate in the conference. You can also apply for presenting on child poverty and child financial stability measures/policies in your country.



Participation in the conference is free of charge. However, all participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Organizers will provide a visa support.



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Deadline for application: October 31, 2018


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