IAAP & UN
The mission of IAAP’s United Nation Representatives, as it relates to the IAAP Mission Statement*:
Caption: Pictured from left to right: Florence Denmark,Father Wismick Jean Charles, Martin Butler, Judy Kuriansky, Pete Walker, intern Megan Lytle, intern Adrian Chiu, Walter Reichman, Mary O’Neill Berry
To communicate and bring to the UN and its agencies as well as multiple stakeholders and actors, deliberations, research, projects and information related to the science and practice of applied psychology and the UN NGO IAAP team, in order to assist in effectively addressing global issues and stimulate ideas about where IAAP member expertise can best be used and applied.
To become involved in, and initiate, projects and to form partnerships that are related to the goals of the UN, its agencies and multiple stakeholders and actors, that intersect with the field of applied psychology, as well as projects and goals of the divisions, and that broaden the well-being of populations.
To communicate and share messages about the UN and its agencies, the UN NGO community, and multiple stakeholders and actors, the role of applied psychology as well as the role and projects of the UN IAAP team to other psychologists and professionals in related fields, the broader general public, private sector and other stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally.
** A “stakeholder” is a term used widely in UN parlance. It refers, as in organizational psychology, to individuals, groups, organizations, or systems who become involved in a common mission which brings their individual goals together for a common exploration, action, or event, and who all affect or are affected by that experience.
*** An “actor” is also a term commonly used in UN parlance, which has a similar meaning to a “stakeholder” but is a more targeted term that refers to a person or entity more specifically involved in a particular action.
Survey of the NGO/UN Working Relationships from the NGO Perspective: Executive Summary (1*)
Background: Based on their own early experiences as NGO representatives to the UN from the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP), Drs. Walter Reichman and Mary O’Neill Berry decided to conduct a survey in May 2006 among their fellow representatives. The project was an opportunity both to exemplify the usefulness of organizational psychology to a setting like the UN, as well as to provide some guidance and direction to improve the effectiveness of the working relationship between the UN and the NGO representatives. The survey was sponsored by the NGO/DPI Executive Committee.
The survey questionnaire was developed by Sirota with input from the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, DPI, and NGO representatives; it was administered mostly online, with just over 2,100 emailed, as well as just over 400 paper mailings; 248 were completed, a response rate of 10%.
Demographics: Respondents are predominantly older (more than 50% are 55 or more years of age); 38% have been NGO representatives for at least 6 years, 45% for 2-5 years; 72% are from international organisations; 53% have their HQ in the Americas, 34% in Europe; 77% have a representative in the NYC area; and 83% work primarily in English.