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12.8.16
"Providing a Lifeline for female survivors of human trafficking in Ghana," by Associate Professor David Okech and Alexis Danikuu, in The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa.

08.11.16
2016’s Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children
(Interview)
WalletHub.com

10.30.14
Interview: The Okech File
UGA Research

6.13.13
Okech research on Child Savings Accounts published in Children and Youth Services Review
Children and Youth Services Review

4.30.12
Social work professor studies ways to improve lives of poor children
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Contact
279 Williams Street
Room 119
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30605-1749
Email: dokech@uga.edu
Phone: (706) 542-5431

Teaching and Research Interests
Asset development
Community development
Social work administration
Social welfare policy
Social work research
International relief and development

David Okech

Associate Professor
Director, MSW Program

Ph.D., University of Kansas
MSW, University of New Hampshire
B.A., University of Nairobi

My research and scholarship is under the overarching theme of socio-economic well-being for economically disenfranchised families and children. Primarily, 1) the short- and long-term socioeconomic well-being for families and children living in poverty and 2) the implications of global, international, and national events on the economic and soc ial well-being of vulnerable families and populations. Publications cover initiatives for enhancing college access for children in poor families - including child savings/development accounts (CSAs/CDAs); effects of participation in CSAs/CDAs; effects and responses to economic recessions among poor families; improving the economic and social well - being of persons who may be vulnerable to global issues such as human trafficking; the promotion of social and economic rights of vulnerable populations; understan ding the social and economic effects of globalization on poor and vulnerable families, and motivations for social work students to learn about global issues and their implications for social work practice and policy.

 

Selected Publications

Okech, D. & Danikuu, A. (2016) "Providing a Lifeline for female survivors of human trafficking in Ghana," in M. Gray. (Ed.). The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa, Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Okech, D., Kim, J., & Little, T. D. (2015). Recent developments in structural equation modeling research in social work journals. British Journal of Social Work, 45(2), 685-704. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct154

Barner, J. R, Okech, D., & Camp, M. (2014). Socio-economic inequality, human trafficking, and the global slave trade. Societies, 4(2), 148-160. DOI: 10.3390/soc4020148

Okech, D., Kim, J., & Little, T.D. (2014). Recent developments in structural equation modeling research in social work publications. British Journal of Social Work, DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct154