NGOs and the corporate sector: the political-economy of partnership [Business & Development Study Group]

Jason Hart (University of Bath)
Peter Edward (Newcastle University)
Daubeny Laboratory (Magdalen College)
Start time:
13 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Recently, engagement of development NGOs and agencies with multinational corporations has grown but careful consideration of the risks / benefits of this is still in its infancy. This panel explores diverse perspectives to understand better the issues and challenges arising from these partnerships.

Long abstract:

Over recent years the engagement of development NGOs and UN agencies with multinational corporations has grown in scale and diversified in nature. Careful consideration of the risks / benefits of such engagement is still in its infancy.* A range of perspectives is now needed to build a multi-scalar and longitudinal understanding of the issues arising from partnership between corporations and development actors that also takes into account the changing role of the state. Possible questions for discussion include: What are the motivations for corporations to engage with development organisations? How are the aims and modalities of development programming shaped by this relationship? How is the effort to address structural causes of poverty and exclusion enabled / constrained by corporate funding and by corporate lobbying with the state? How does receipt of corporate funding affect the advocacy work of development organisations? And, how is the role of the state as provider of essential social goods shaped by the three-way relationship between itself, corporates and development actors? We welcome papers from diverse perspectives and disciplines that shed light upon this three-way relationship. Papers may address the macro-level, be theoretically oriented, or consider the dynamics of the relationship between state, corporation and development organisations as it plays out in practice. Alongside critique and discussion of challenges this panel seeks to highlight experience of positive developmental outcomes. * For example: Molina-Gallart, N. (2014) 'Strange Bedfellows?' Development Studies Research 1(1): 41-53 Adams, B. & Martens, J. (2015) Fit for whose purpose? Global Policy Forum