Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson
    Pages 1-19 Open Access
  3. Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson
    Pages 21-50 Open Access
  4. Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson
    Pages 51-78 Open Access
  5. Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson
    Pages 79-111 Open Access
  6. Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson
    Pages 113-149 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-173

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY license.

This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to other contexts.


Professional Volunteerism International Development Mobile Professional Volunteerism International Development Aid Knowledge Intermediaries Training Imported Knowledge Behaviour Change Iterative Learning Sustainable Volunteering

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen Louise Ackers
    • 1
  • James Ackers-Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Salford SalfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of Salford SalfordUnited Kingdom

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