IDO engages in a range of social services with the aim to create more effective organization, build stronger communities, and promote equity and opportunity. IDO’s social services include the benefits and facilities such as education, food subsidies, health care, job training and subsidized housing, adoption, community management, policy research, and lobbying that seeks to improve the quality of life and subjective wellbeing of individuals, families, couples, groups, and communities through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, crisis intervention, and teaching for the benefit of those affected by social disadvantages such as poverty, mental and physical illness or disability, and social injustice, including violations of their civil liberties and human rights. The IDO’s Social Work is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and the well-being of oppressed and marginalized individuals and communities in South Sudan.

Our research and the practice of social work focuses on areas such as: mental health and addictions, assessment and diagnosis, human development, sociolegal, psychosocial, issues related to diversity, marginalization and oppression; psychotherapycounsellingsocial policy, public administration, social program evaluation, social policy analysis and development, social planning, family and child welfare, and social and community development.

Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to our social work. We practice the following set of values;

  1. Service- help people in need and address social problems
  2. Social Justice- challenge social injustices
  3. Respect the dignity and worth of the person
  4. Give importance to human relationships
  5. Integrity- behave in a trustworthy manner
  6. Competence- practice within the areas of one’s areas of expertise and develop and enhance professional skills