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Trinity Psychologists contribute to ground breaking United Nations report on engaging the Private Sector in Poverty Reduction.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, recently launched a ground breaking report entitled “Barriers and Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid: The Role of the Private Sector in Inclusive Development.”

Attending the launch conference in Istanbul this August, were Prof Mac MacLachlan (School of Psychology) and Prof Eilish McAuliffe (School of Medicine), from Trinity’s Centre for Global Health; who wrote a background paper on Global Health for the Report, and are principal co-authors of the report; along with an international expert group of behavioural science specialists. The report is the first to outline psychosocial barriers and facilitators and aims to encourage the private sector to engage more actively in poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Professor MacLachlan, Director of the Centre for Global Health, said “It was a privilege to be invited to contribute to this important report, which builds on the Centre’s work on promoting social inclusion with UN agencies, civil society and governments. We look forward to further collaboration with the Istanbul Centre".

Professor McAuliffe, said; "The Report highlights the need and potential to engage the private sector in a coordinated way to strengthen health systems, recognizing that health is a prerequisite for poverty reduction."

Pictured are some of the psychologists who contributed to the report; relaxing after the launch on the Bosphorus: from left (Europe) to right (Asia) are Prof Dharm Bhawuk, University of Hawai’I, Prof Eilish McAuliffe (TCD), Prof Stu Carr (Massey University), Professor Mac MacLachlan (TCD), Prof Lori Fostor Thompson (North Carolina State University) and Mr Alex (North Carolina State University)