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


  • Uwem E. Ite

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


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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  • Uwem E. Ite, 2007. "Changing times and strategies: Shell's contribution to sustainable community development in the Niger Delta, Nigeria," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(1), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:1:p:1-14
    DOI: 10.1002/sd.294

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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, October.

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