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New United Nations Development Programme Report Released

11/12/2014-

by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP Fellow Lori Foster Thompson and Alex Gloss have recently served as coauthors on a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, “Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid - The Role of the Private Sector in Inclusive Development,” which is now available online here.

The two helped launch the report in Istanbul, Turkey. It focuses on the barriers to and opportunities for the private sector as it confronts the issue of global poverty.

Foster Thompson and Gloss worked alongside Stu Carr and Dharm Bhawuk to represent the perspectives of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology in this foundational report by the UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development. Chapters 1, 4, and 7 focus on many issues of work, psychology, technology, and global development, prominently including skills development in the informal economy and at the base of the pyramid. The launch of the report was headlined by a speech from Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

An overall theme of the report is the need to develop business cases for poverty reduction and social inclusion. This report emphasizes that it is key to create a common dialogue that will spark collaboration and cooperation, especially from actors who have generally not participated in or enabled socially impactful partnerships before.

Read the full report here. To learn more about the United Nations Development Programme, click here.