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    Humanitarian work psychology: The contributions of organizational psychology to poverty reduction

    O'Neill Berry, Mary and Reichman, Walter and Klobas, Jane and MacLachlan, Malcolm and Hui, Harry C and Carr, Stuart C. (2011) Humanitarian work psychology: The contributions of organizational psychology to poverty reduction. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32. pp. 240-247. ISSN 0167-4870

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    Achieving the MDG goal of reducing world poverty by 50% by 2015 requires the cooperative effort of many disciplines. To date the discipline of organizational psychology has not played as significant a role as it might in this endeavor. With the recent establishment of the Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, this discipline signaled its commitment to the global effort. Organizational psychology offers to bring its expertise to poverty reduction: its ability to assess needs and capacity, develop partnerships with stakeholders, bring about and manage change, and systematically review, evaluate, monitor and revise high level mandates, policy development, program implementation and consultation on personnel issues. Its successes as practitioners-scientists in private enterprise will enhance its credibility for success in the public sphere. The article reviews the research and practice of some of the organizational psychologists presently engaged in poverty reduction and how humanitarian work psychology might enhance the efforts of anti-poverty organizations.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Industrial/organizational psychology; Poverty reduction; Culture;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16503
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 14:43
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Psychology
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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