In recent years, a new movement has emerged within organizational psychology, transposing the established principles of the field onto arenas of more pressing humanitarian need, including the humanitarian treatment of all workers in all work settings. Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP) stretches the parameters of the discipline to focus on regions, communities, and groups of workers that can potentially benefit most from its research and insights.

Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda is the first book to provide a collection of case studies of HWP in action. Edited by some of the leading scholars in the field, it benchmarks HWP against the developmental goals set out by the United Nations at the start of the century as the most pressing issues of our age, ranging from the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education, to gender equality and empowerment, the reduction of child mortality, greater environmental sustainability and global partnership-building.

Including findings from interventions conducted in Nigeria, India, Ghana, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone, the book examines how the latest research from organizational psychology can be used to support people working in developing economies, as well as in humanitarian work itself. The collection concludes with a section on how this exciting new field will develop in the future, particularly in reference to the forthcoming United Nations goals for global sustainable development.

Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda will be a fascinating read not only for all students and researchers of Organizational Psychology, but also those working and studying in the related fields of Development Studies, Environmental Sustainability, International Politics and International Economics.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByIshbel McWha-Hermann, Douglas C. Maynard, Mary O’Neill Berry

part I|69 pages

Practical applications of using humanitarian work psychology to address the Millennium Development Goals

chapter 2|13 pages

Reaching MDGs 4 and 5

The application of organisational psychology to maternal and child health programme sustainability in Sierra Leone
ByFrédérique Vallières, Eilish McAuliffe

chapter 3|14 pages

Psychology responds to intergenerational poverty in Hong Kong

Strengthening organizational capability
ByEddie Chi Wai Ng, Man Kin Lai, Wendy Suet Yee Lau, Charles C. Chan

chapter 4|14 pages

The impact of stakeholders and mobile phone use on educational achievement in Ghana

A humanitarian work psychology study
ByInusah Abdul-Nasiru, Steven Toaddy

chapter 5|13 pages

Leadership development via humanitarian work

IBM’s efforts in Nigeria
ByMathian Osicki

chapter 6|13 pages

Communicable disease control in South Asia

ByMahima Saxena

part II|86 pages

Process considerations in applying humanitarian work psychology to the Millennium Development Goals

chapter 7|15 pages

Putting human capabilities to work

A person-centered approach to international skills development
ByAlexander Gloss, Scott McCallum, Lori L. Foster

chapter 8|13 pages

Improving motivation and performance among frontline healthcare workers in rural India

The role of team-based goals and incentives
ByRustin D. Meyer, Ruth Kanfer, Carla Burrus

chapter 9|14 pages

Catch-22 in humanitarian and development work

Emotional exhaustion, withdrawal, health, and work motives of these workers
BySu Chuen Foo

chapter 10|14 pages

Inter-organisational and network learning through cross-cultural education partnerships

Implications for the health-related Millennium Development Goals
BySarah Glavey, Ogenna Uduma

chapter 11|14 pages

The ‘social impact’ of consulting for positive social change

ByJ. Mills Maura, S. Wood Benjamin

chapter 12|14 pages

Organizational change to advance corporate sustainability

Achieving greater societal impact through partnerships
ByCruse Sean

part III|49 pages

Reflections on humanitarian work psychology beyond the Millennium Development Goals

chapter 13|5 pages

Stepping up, by stepping out

Sustaining humanitarian work psychology
ByKaren Hand, Stuart C. Carr, Malcolm MacLachlan

chapter 14|5 pages

The difficulties of applied reseach

A challenge for humanitarian work psychology and the Millennium Development Goals
ByAdrian Furnham

chapter 15|5 pages

Volunteer management and the Millennium Development Goals

Integrating humanitarian work psychology and the study of volunteerism
ByBen M. F. Law, C. Harry Hui

chapter 16|6 pages

Humanitarian work psychology and the Millennium Development Goals

Where do I begin?
ByTelma Viale

chapter 17|8 pages

Humanitarian work psychology

Unique contributions and theoretical development in the context of the global development agenda
ByLichia Yiu, Raymond Saner

chapter 18|5 pages

The maturation of a profession

A work psychology for the new millennium
ByJoel Lefkowitz

chapter 19|13 pages

Humanitarian work psychology and the Millennium Development Goals

Taking stock and looking forward
ByMary O’Neill Berry, Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Douglas C. Maynard