Title of paper

New Insight to Install and Strength Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Ethiopia: A Context Perspective to Developmental State

Presenter's country

Ethiopia

Start Date

27-5-2016 10:20 AM

End Date

27-5-2016 11:25 AM

Location

Hall I

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

The central theme of the paper is giving a new insight for the installation and further strengthening of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in developmental state context of Ethiopia. In order to contextualize CSR practice and adaption in the developmental state-whether democratic or not- I try to see the Japanese and South African experience towards CSR through extensive literature review. With its controversy, CSR gives a considerable significance on the Socio-Economic life of both countries citizen and it creates Public Private Partnership and it gives a good lesson for other developmental state like Ethiopia.

Through examining different literature, I try to see the potentiality of Africa in general and Ethiopia for CSR and relate the compatibility between developmental state and CSR. Combination of both public and private sectors would produce economic development ‘miracle’, working business with the “bottom pyramid of the economy” (poorest citizen), and creating production oriented private sectors are some of significance of CSR for developmental state. In more Ethiopian perspective, developmental state and CSR are more compatible because Ethiopians are open minded towards the sociocultural life of the world; Ethiopians are high risk avoidance society, Ethiopian people’s known by the extended family structure, collectivism as a dominant national culture (more focused on relationships, group obligation and interpersonal harmony). I conclude by suggesting that, it is the time to start and adapt CSR in Ethiopian context by flaming the best opportunities what we Ethiopians have. And aid the political process; create public private partnership and production oriented private sectors via the aid of CSR in the 21 century business.

Keywords

Developmental State, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Collectivism, public private partnership, Ethiopia.

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May 27th, 10:20 AM May 27th, 11:25 AM

New Insight to Install and Strength Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Ethiopia: A Context Perspective to Developmental State

Hall I

The central theme of the paper is giving a new insight for the installation and further strengthening of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in developmental state context of Ethiopia. In order to contextualize CSR practice and adaption in the developmental state-whether democratic or not- I try to see the Japanese and South African experience towards CSR through extensive literature review. With its controversy, CSR gives a considerable significance on the Socio-Economic life of both countries citizen and it creates Public Private Partnership and it gives a good lesson for other developmental state like Ethiopia.

Through examining different literature, I try to see the potentiality of Africa in general and Ethiopia for CSR and relate the compatibility between developmental state and CSR. Combination of both public and private sectors would produce economic development ‘miracle’, working business with the “bottom pyramid of the economy” (poorest citizen), and creating production oriented private sectors are some of significance of CSR for developmental state. In more Ethiopian perspective, developmental state and CSR are more compatible because Ethiopians are open minded towards the sociocultural life of the world; Ethiopians are high risk avoidance society, Ethiopian people’s known by the extended family structure, collectivism as a dominant national culture (more focused on relationships, group obligation and interpersonal harmony). I conclude by suggesting that, it is the time to start and adapt CSR in Ethiopian context by flaming the best opportunities what we Ethiopians have. And aid the political process; create public private partnership and production oriented private sectors via the aid of CSR in the 21 century business.