Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lessons Learned from the Niger Delta Conflict: A Policy Recommendation for a New Framework for Relations Between Extractive Companies and Host Communities
by Gilman, Alison, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2013, 82; 10305830
Abstract (Summary)

The tumultuous experience of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria has contributed to the debates surrounding the role of transnational companies in their host communities and the impact that resource extraction has on the economic development of emerging countries. The case study demonstrates that methods used by extraction companies for interacting with their host communities are ineffective and superficial. Using the lessons learned from the Niger Delta conflict, this thesis proposes a new strategy, entitled community- corporate diplomacy, and a protocol for companies to implement before opening production sites in Africa. The proposed strategy and an accompanying protocol offer a break from the status quo in that they are built upon an understanding of the specificities of the African continent, that host communities need to be respected as key stakeholders, and that extraction activities have a higher risk of negatively impacting neighboring communities. The recommendation could be applied to other countries and industries, but the increasing importance of African natural resources, the particularities of African political and social structures and the effects of extraction activities make this proposal especially important for extractive companies beginning production in Africa.

Keywords: Nigeria, Niger Delta, Shell, corporate social responsibility, transnational advocacy networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives, community relations, corporate diplomacy, Africa, extractive industries

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Golub, Philip
Commitee: Carlson, Kerstin
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Sub Saharan Africa Studies, Energy
Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Extractive industries, Niger Delta, Nigeria, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Transnational advocacy networks
Publication Number: 10305830
ISBN: 978-1-369-49394-8
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