Corporate Social Responsibility and Urban Development: by Edmundo Werna

By Edmundo Werna

[ company Social accountability and concrete improvement: classes from the South through Werna, Edmundo ( writer ) Hardcover 2009 ]

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1996). Research suggests that over-dependence on external donors who often require short term measurable results is less likely to be effective in promoting and supporting long term social and institutional changes which are necessary for sustainable development (Edwards and Hulme, 1992). However, should legitimacy and responsibility of NGOs be questioned only due to their financing context, without taking into account their commitment and services rendered to the population? Indeed, not. Even the above authors do not negate the legitimacy of the NGOs due to their reliance on external donors.

Moreover, the rapid rates of urbanisation have already led to growth of mega-cities of over 10 million in developing countries. In 1975 there were three mega-cities in the world, namely Tokyo, New York and Mexico City (WUP, 2005). In 2005 there were 20 such cities in the world. More importantly for our purpose 16 were located in the developing world (WUP, 2005). Cities and towns are pivotal for development. They are the engines of economic growth. , 2001): they serve as centres for finance and producer services; are areas of production of innovation; and are the powerhouses of manufacturing and consumer markets.

Main streaming CSR within the overall commercial activities (and ethics) of a given private company, or, particularly, within its relations with low-income communities. Third, the publication provides only brief information on each case study. This does not include a full account of the CSR experience, let alone the positive lessons and indeed possible negative ones. Also, while some of the cases seem to be related to CSR (or businesscommunity relations in particular), others are not, including for example one case of a private company which engages with a local government through what seems to be a commercial activity (there is no detailed information) through a public-private partnership, and one case of a regional development bank which promotes small enterprises in low-income communities, among others.

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