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Changing times and strategies: Shell's contribution to sustainable community development in the Niger Delta, Nigeria


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  • Uwem E. Ite

    (Environment and Development Research Group, Department of Geography, Lancaster University, UK)

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    Sustainable development and poverty are pervasive problems in the Niger Delta, mainly due to lack of significant Nigerian government commitment to the development of the region. As a corporate citizen, Shell has contributed in various ways to local community development in the area. Based on a critical analysis of the changes in its strategies and policies, the paper contends that Shell's previous approaches to community development in the Niger Delta encouraged unsustainable development and a culture of dependency. It concludes that the recently launched sustainable community development strategy has the potential to succeed where others failed, if it is implemented within a tri-sector partnership framework involving Shell, the Nigerian government and civil society. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Sustainable Development.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-14

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:1:p:1-14

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    1. Adeolu O. Adewuyi & Afolabi E. Olowookere, 2010. "CSR and sustainable community development in Nigeria: WAPCO, a case from the cement industry," Social Responsibility Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 6(4), pages 522-535, November.


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