Development Through Trade: A Win-Win Situation?

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Development Through Trade: A Win-Win Situation?

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Development Through Trade: A Win-Win Situation?
Author: Stuurman, Linda M
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Aid for Trade
Corporate Social Responsibility
Development
Africa
Heineken
Afriflora
Glencore
Abstract: In 2005, the WTO Aid for Trade initiative was launched, with the aim of intensifying the involvement of developing countries in global trade to stimulate development. Various aspects of the program have been praised and criticized. However, the activities of multinational companies in the context of Aid for Trade seem to have been neglected. Western companies have been supported by Western governments to conduct business in Africa, as a result of Aid for Trade. As such, Corporate Social Responsibility becomes increasingly important as these companies are expected to be contributors to development. This paper examines to what extend Corporate Social Responsibility can contribute to development in Africa. Research is conducted through case studies of Western, responsible companies that are active in Africa. Analysis of these cases shows that, despite extensive CSR-programs, companies tend to favor their own interest over the African interest, resulting in very limited, or no actual contributions to development in African countries.
Supervisor: Ligtvoet, Inge
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Africa
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49494
 

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