Exploring Africa's Development Potential through CSR and Private-NGO Partnerships: A Multifaced, In-depth Analysis of Mozambican Companies' Social Activites via a Combination of Patterns, Practices and Perceptions of Local Organizations

José Maria Santos Agostinho Cardoso Amaral

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained undeniable relevance in business literature, raising the question of whether its promising potential is balanced with the needs of society. In recent decades, there has been a consensus regarding the prospects of CSR and Cross- Sector Partnerships (CSP) to achieve the global agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as corporate engagement and the social contributions from companies can have a significant impact to help bringing development to a country. Therefore, one of the main goals of this research is to further the conversation about CSR by shedding light on the factors that influence how social activities, often represented as CSR, are being practiced by businesses. To determine whether the companies’ social activities are effective in advancing Mozambique's development, the research was concentrated on identifying the parallels and contrasts in behaviors, practices, and perceptions of 30 organizations located in Mozambique. A closer look was given at a specific partnership between a company and a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) to assess the impact behind the measurement and assessment of cross-sector collaborations. The analysis reveals that the potential impact of CSR is yet to be explored, adding to the fact that these activities are mainly based on short-term voluntary actions, and companies are barely communicating and measuring the impact of their social initiatives. Yet, there are still successful cases of synergies between stakeholders that are bringing development benefits to Mozambique.

EducationsMSc in International Business, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2023
Number of pages137
SupervisorsMaria J. Figueroa