Corporate Social Enterprises: A Business-Driven Approach to Development
Opening remarks by:
Jennifer G. Cooke
Director, Africa Program, CSIS
Senior Fellow and Director, CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; NDPI Board Member
Chief of Party, USAID Grand Challenges for Development, DAI
Executive Director, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI)
Daniel F. Runde
Codirector, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and
William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Traditionally, “corporate social responsibility” has often been characterized by occasional grants and financial assistance to communities in areas where companies operate around the world. This, however, often lacks a strategic focus on what is needed to achieve sustainable development in the long run. As the traditional development landscape changes and the role of the private sector in development is increasingly elevated, new approaches are emerging. Designed to align with and advance business objectives, corporate social enterprises unite the strengths of corporations and development organizations to find solutions to some of the world’s pressing development challenges.
This panel will examine the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) as an example of a new model for business-led development. Through its programming and partnership approach, NDPI addresses the root causes of instability throughout the Niger Delta region while achieving development and business outcomes.
This event is part of CSIS’s ongoing “Chevron Forum on Development” series, which seeks to highlight the private sector's role in global development.
This will be a timely and informative discussion. Please RSVP to ChevronForum@csis.org.
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